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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

SOMETIMES EVEN A COMPETITIVE EATER WANTS TO EAT SLOWLY

Whenever I go out for sushi -- which isn't often and lately only with co-workers -- I have to resist the urge not to eat my six or eight pieces too quickly. It's hard because the sushi is so good. A local place offers a tempura fried spicy tuna roll called a Rock n' Roll. The fact that it's fried (lightly, just enough to give the rice a slightly crispy exterior) makes it sort of an abomination among sushi purists but I don't care because I'm not a purist, I'm just a guy who likes good food.

To help me maintain a slower, less competitive eating-like pace when eating sushi or other Asian food, I use chopsticks whenever possible. Problem is, I really suck at using chopsticks. I either need to use them more often and with more challenging cuisine (sushi is easy to pick up), or I need to buy a pair of these "chorks" (chopstick forks). They're sorta like training chopsticks except they look cool.

15 Comments:

Anonymous liz said...

I think my favorite sushi rolls are the tempura sweet potato. Really indulgent, but so. good.

Practice makes perfect with chopsticks...stick with it!

3:15 PM

 
Blogger steakbellie said...

My Indonesian friend taught me that it's acceptable to stab the food with the chopsticks and eat it that way too. I'm a better stabber than a grabber and it keeps me from going hungry.

3:47 PM

 
Blogger Carey said...

did you say your 6 pieces? What is stopping you there? When are you coming down so that we can tackle the buffet again? There was sushi there also. Get the ngori, you can just stab it with one chopstick and eat it like a burger on a stick (you know who you are)

3:48 PM

 
Blogger Carey said...

damn, steakbellie, beat me in posting that recommendation by a minute

3:48 PM

 
Anonymous Philly Guy said...

What really helped me learn was eating 8lb bowls of rice with them. After about half way through it goes easy. After a lot of people saying its too much starch I'd recomend brown rice being I stopped that practice.

5:30 PM

 
Blogger RM1(SS) (ret) said...

I had fun watching our YNC try to cope with chopsticks when we visited Enoshima. Now that was amusing....

5:49 PM

 
Anonymous Savage said...

Next time you are in philly write a post and I will accompany you to the best all you can eat sushi in the country (for 20 beans)

6:46 PM

 
Blogger Mega Munch said...

Stabbing...I like that. And I agree that need to practice more. That's all it comes down to.

In my head, I have an idea for a chopstick that houses a tiny retractable fork in the end. I know it will work, I just have to make it. And to all you idea thieves out there, don't think about doing it before me or I'll come to your house and stab you with my prototype chopforks.

SAVAGE - I'll take you up on that AYCE sushi offer. Carey is probably down with that too. It doesn't have to be a competition, but just to make it interesting, loser picks up the tab. Do they take Visa?

7:59 AM

 
Blogger la beauheme said...

Don't go without telling me! I'll go Pelican on that shit.

And I'm no Karate Kid but I'm pretty handy with the sticks.

http://www.wikihow.com/Eat-With-Chopsticks

8:12 AM

 
Blogger Wing Tut said...

Hmm... sushi and Cheesesteaks in Philly?

What's the date again? I'm lining up a bunch of trips for the summer.

And, yes, anything on a stick is awesome! Have you ever eaten a donut that way, or even choclate covered cheesecake? Chocolate covered rice crispie treats?

Is this just a Pittsburgh thing?

9:53 AM

 
Anonymous INVADER said...

Good point, TuT. Shall we come my way perhaps? I'll have to argue that the best AYCE sushi is here in DC (Fairfax) called Todai. It's a world-wide chain that features the best types for reasonable pricing (16.99 for lunch). This place has EVERYTHING including sweet potato tempura, lightly fried sushi rolls and also forks for those that are "hand-icapped."

12:32 PM

 
Anonymous Philly Guy said...

I'm pretty sure I live near this sushi place. Is it the one across from the Penn Ice Rink? We were saying April 21st for the cheesesteaks, but I'm ok with changing the date so Ian can join us.

1:22 PM

 
Anonymous savage said...

21st looks good for me right now, but I would be happy to wait for the Invader. Also, perhaps on the way back from Strawberries in May we could hit up Invaders sushi spot in DC?

6:06 PM

 
Blogger Wing Tut said...

Savage, great Idea.

Sushi - Fairfax - after Berries!

I'll bet I can win that contest, seeing as I'll be M.C. Shortcake for the Strawberry contest.

PS - megamunch's blog is now an official meeting place for UEPa
and basically a messageboard.

9:09 AM

 
Blogger Mega Munch said...

lol...thanks Tut. I've noticed that happening over the past few weeks. Lots of back and forth in the comments, which is cool. I'll be happy to do my part to keep the UEPa and CE discussion going.

11:41 AM

 

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