This recent hot and humid weather has really dampened my appetite. It has been kind of a challenge coming up with items that I really feel like eating, and there's no way that I'm going to slave over a stove, or even turn on the oven.
So it kind of hit me during a nice lunch with Captain Jack, who does His San Diego Restaurant Reviews Site. Understanding that he'd want something a bit different, I ordered Oshizushi:
Oshizushi, literally "pressed sushi", is created in a wooden or plastic "box", called an Oshizushi-Bako. This version is from Sammy's. Though this version is somewhat "Westernized", it is still quite good, and pretty filling. At Sammy's they call it "Six in a Box". A layer of rice is placed on the bottom of the mold, then another layer, usually with uni, hamachi, masago, and green onions. Another layer of rice is placed on on the rice with maguro and salmon, or another item, then a lid placed on top of the mold and the sushi is "pressed". Sammy finishes His version of Oshizushi wrapping it with Tororo(made from Kombu).
I once sat next to an Gentleman enjoying His Oshizushi, and became engaged in a nice conversation. He told me about the wonderful Oshizushi he had in Osaka, according to him, the "home" of Oshizushi. The rice for Oshizushi there was very aggressively flavored with vinegar. He also mentioned Battera; a specific type of Oshizushi topped with Saba. The Oshizushi at Sammy's uses his regular mild Sushi Gohan(rice).
I just thought I'd do this post, because I really don't see this much anymore, and it tasted quite good on such a hot and muggy day........
I'll be back with a new restaurant tomorrow. Hope everyone is keeping cool in this hot weather!