A California roll is a Maki-zushi roll, rolled inside out with delectable fillings such as avocado, crabstick and cucumber. This roll however defies all norms and can be served with a wide range of fillings that are sure to make you want more.
Sushi was first bought to American shores by one of the many Japanese traders that visited Los Angeles in the early 1970s. Tokyo Kaikan was the first Japanese restaurant said to have patronized and adapted sushi for the American palate in LA in 1973. California sushi is a fusion cuisine in its own right and more and more sushi chefs have begun incorporating it into restaurant menus across the globe. It is served in sushi bars in Japan under the name of kashu-maki or translated as Californian roll. While most traditional sushi lovers frown at the idea of this type of sushi dish others seem to relish it as a fun fusion food.
California roll sushi unlike its Japanese original has rice on the outside and nori or seaweed on the inside as the locals prefers to bite into rice rather than the seaweed nori sheet. Apart from that most types of California rolls steer clear of raw fish and if they do use them they are of the best quality fresh fish.
Fillings differ in terms of types as well as quantities. The California roll uses mayonnaise or cream cheese and in some cases yellow or black bean paste with slivers of avocado, cucumbers and crab salad instead of the crab stick used in Japan.
California rolls are aesthetically pleasing and score more points on looks than Japanese sushi rolls. Add to that variation in the California roll like crunchy roll, rainbow roll, spider roll, dynamite roll and the super California roll that is topped with eel. Crunchy rolls are deep fried regular California rolls that are also most appreciated in bars across the area. Some California rolls are dipped in or rolled in sesame seeds to add to the bite.
These rolls are made completely vegetarian by simply eliminating seafood and adding par boiled lightly spiced thin slices of gourd, mange tout beans, cucumbers or other vegetables of your choice with cream cheese or mayonnaise as the base. The rice however is cooked and processed in the traditional way.