KiSuShi: The Reasonable Sushi

KiSuShi, a hole in the wall sushi joint, serves fresh and good quality sushi. 50 yards from Tohee Dormitory on Zhengming Road, a person would only notice it because of the Japanese drum, known as a taiko, standing right in front of it. Upon entering, a person would see that there are only two rows of tables and at most would only seat ten people. Beyond these tables is the counter where the chefs make the sushi. They stand ready to take orders and make them quickly. Instead of only giving 3 or 6 pieces like some other sushi places, KiSuShi gives a whopping roll of 8 to 10 big pieces of sushi.

I stumbled upon the place with Yeeva Cheng and DJ Seabrooks when we out together for lunch. We ordered different rolls of sushi, from the Dragon roll to the classic California roll, which was not actually so classic. The California roll had mayonnaise on top of it and instead of avocado and imitation crab meat, was instead filled with apple pieces and cucumber with fish rou on top of the rice. The other rolls were pretty close to their descriptions, actual salmon and tuna on top of them. The pictures show a different time when Yeeva and I went together to eat sushi.

It is interesting to find sushi in China. Chinese nationalism has always been a big part of China. Just recently there were riots against Japanese places of business because of an island. Yet, Japanese food continues to thrive in the places they are. The main sushi chef does not actually seem to be from China. Looking on the walls of the place, there are many different pictures of him and his chef friends in Japanese attire at a school where they all seem to be learning how to cut sushi. He speaks good Mandarin, but his style and mannerism definitely are different from Shanghainese natives. The establishment is very small and it looks empty most of the time. The people who work there definitely do it because they love making sushi and enjoy it as their job. It is similar to how Korean food is successful in doing business in China. But that is another story. Japanese sushi seems to have a great impact considering that Shanghai is close to the sea and can get fresh fish for ingredients. Furthermore, China does not have any cuisine that involves raw fish, and so sushi becomes an interesting food that Chinese people are willing to eat.