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Old 05-28-2014, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Ethnic-influenced cuisine prepared in America for American tastes isn't an authentic replication of what one would receive in the dish's country of origin? Say it ain't so!!!

I've eaten my share of "American" food in other countries, and it's not like what I get at home, either. I never went in expecting that it would be.
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:29 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I'm well aware that when I am eating a sushi roll featuring shrimp tempura and spicy mayo that it's far removed from authentic Japanese sushi. However...I don't actually care. I also love sushi featuring simple and fresh raw fish, and you'll find plenty of that on my plate as well. I'm also under no illusions that something fried with a creamy sauce on top is healthy for me, but I eat sushi so rarely that...well, again, I don't care.

In my mind, it's not a bad thing that ethnic foods are becoming more accessible to the masses, even if some Americanization is involved. Take my husband, for example. When we first started dating, he was an incredibly picky eater -- a lot of foods were just unfamiliar to him. He started off by eating sushi similar to what I described above -- shrimp tempura in a spicy sauce. Over time, he branched out gradually -- these days, he loves a plate of sushi similar to your "authentic" picture on the first page. He never would have gotten there without the Americanized sushi, and I have to think he's not the only one with such an experience.
I agree, I think mainstream is the only way to gain acceptance. With the acceptance of sushi today, authentic places are even harder to get in. Many well known places through yelps are super busy and packed these days. Places that serve buffet style sushi keeps popping up though.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:31 PM
 
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Sometimes if you go to an ethnic restaurant and let the owners/chef/waitress/waiter know you'd appreciate sampling the "real stuff" they will accommodate you.... I've made friends this way in fact.... and may I say YUM to the more authentic stuff.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:46 PM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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Exclamation Many, if not most, Thai restaurants have a "special" menu

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Sometimes if you go to an ethnic restaurant and let the owners/chef/waitress/waiter know you'd appreciate sampling the "real stuff" they will accommodate you.... I've made friends this way in fact.... and may I say YUM to the more authentic stuff.
This works particularly well for southeast Asian cuisine.

OTOH, if you go to an ethnic restaurant and they ask you how hot you want your food prepared on a scale of 1-10, never say "10". The chef tends to take this as a personal challenge, and will load up your dish with the house equivalent of Dave's insanity Ghost Pepper sauce. Better to ask for a 9 and get a little flavor with your capsaicin.
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:51 PM
 
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Every country has foreign/ethnic/etc. food somewhat catered to their (local, national) tastes. I remember having Chinese in France or Sushi in Turkey...It is not just an American thing. Fact of the matter is, this is a global world we live in and there really is no such thing as "pure" food. It is all somewhat of a fusion, to varying degrees. Just eat what you like and who cares who says what. All of the sushi places I have been to are a combo of the two pics in the first post and you just choose what appeals to you. No problem with that.
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Old 05-28-2014, 09:05 PM
 
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Traditional style means quality ingredients and simplicity. New takes on sushi mainly infused them with additional flavors to entice people with fixed palates.

Over a decade ago you couldn't find sushi outside of Asian towns because it catered almost exclusively to Asians. Today sushi is everywhere such as this sushi tray below from Costcos.

We're getting close to the point where something like a Taco Bell for Sushi will show up and then we will get all sorts of frankenstein sushis.
Also, the quality of these sushi plates in supermarkets have been improving.

Years ago the quality of these plates were atrocious. Soggy rice and the like.

Nowadays the sushi they serve in grocery stores like Safeway and Vons are quite tasty.
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Old 06-02-2014, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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Mayonnaise and sushi--- gross.

I don't know why the typical American has to have cheese and creamy sauces on everything. Cheese and eggs (mayo) aren't condiments. Cheese with fish is gross to begin with.


Mayo............yuck, cannot stand.

I mean it tastes OK, but the disgusting sliminess, UCK.
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:52 AM
 
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Japanese style thanks

- including sashimi.
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Old 06-02-2014, 02:21 AM
 
Location: SWUS
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Ethnic-influenced cuisine prepared in America for American tastes isn't an authentic replication of what one would receive in the dish's country of origin? Say it ain't so!!!

I've eaten my share of "American" food in other countries, and it's not like what I get at home, either. I never went in expecting that it would be.
I love to eat at sushi places... I usually order a California roll as a side, not as my main thing. Ebi, unagi (my favorite of all time!), octopus, salmon, hamachi, bluefin... love it all, even the roe. I've noticed the whole mayonnaise/cream cheese with everything thing and it doesn't taste bad to me. I'm not gonna be picky about it- it's a good way to get people

I will say that, for the record, Americanized sushi is FAR better than Asianized versions of foods that are sort of thought of as American- After several weeks of eating nothing but curries, rice, noodles, chicken, fish sauce, etc. in Southeast Asia, I got adventurous and tried pizza in Hoi An, Vietnam, and a cheeseburger in a hotel restaurant in Saigon.


Bleeeech.
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Georgia, on the Florida line, right above Tallahassee
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Crave’s Cheetah Roll
Inside: Surimi Crab Mix, Cream Cheese, Cucumber, Avacado, Siracha, Spicy Mayo and Flamin Hot Cheetos
Outside: Pink Soy Paper, Crushed Flamin Hot Cheetos, Wasabi Cream and Jalapenos

Crave's Cheetah Roll – Crave Sushi

I bet you could make a Tex/Mex version just by swapping out to some crushed Doritos.
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