Who here loves sushi?
I can almost hear hundreds of little voices exclaiming "Mee! Me ME!" at the back of my head. ;)
I know more than a handful who worship good sushi chefs and a fair share of my foodies out there who love having a meal of Japanese; be it at a table or at an classic sushi train restaurant with its innovative track-device-'thingie' invented specifically to tempt us to eat more sushi than we should! *laughs*
You got to admit; it's hard to look away when they sneakily run delicious looking morsels of carefully stacked fragrant rice and condiments right below our naive little noses as we dine! It moves to slowly...teasing our vision and senses...making weak ones (such as moi~) succumb to our curiosity and greed! Even when I'm not certain what exactly the plate of food is... if it's pretty and I've seen it go pass twice; I'd eat it~ ..*shakes head in shame* Japanese chefs really do take effort in making visual experiences of eating pure pleasure to diners.
The whole Japanese sushi fad did not exactly kick in till a good 10-15 years back for us in Malaysia. Sushi train restaurants have only began to pop up everywhere in Sydney 3-4 years back. I remember my first Japanese cuisine experience with sis, daddy and mommy. It was at a fancy little Japanese joint somewhere in KL; I don't remember exactly where, but I was young and easily amused. Mom and dad had ordered a kiddy sushi set meal for sis and I...and it came it a little wooden boat!! I was so excited!! Everything was colourful and interestingly arranged all over the wooden tray. I didn't care to ask what it was! I just wanted to eat it!! When I did... I was shocked... it was cold... it tasted like fish.. but I exclaimed: "Ma... I don't think it's cooked"
Dad and mom laughed real hard... and dad said: "I don't think Japanese is for us" *laughs*
Well, that was back in the day when Japanese food was scarce. At recent times; it's hard to get my family of four to agree simultaneously to anything but Japanese cuisine.
I was tempted to make a sushi - 'wooden boat" like I had remembered for the base of this cake; but decided that would definitely be beyond my cake decorating skill level at this point! *laughs*
I came up with this instead.
Mayumi had ordered a cake for her boss at Sushi Suma ( a famous Japanese restaurant in Surry Hills) They make the best sushi+sashimi sets! Her colleagues had all pitched in money to get him a birthday cake as a surprise. Mayumi had initially suggested a "face" like Tamaki had for her boss last week; but I convinced her I could create something cooler than a "face" for her!
What do you reckon?
I liked the concept; but it was hard to maneuver the chopsticks around the salmon sushi piece to make sure the sticks do not stab the food; as us Chinese believe, stabbing food is a bad bad omen. No idea why; need to ask my mom about that one. I got the sticks at the sides of the sushi to look like it was dipping it into the soy sauce bowl just right. Balancing the sticks was another level of "pain" of its own.
I'm happy it finally stood up right... I'm about to send it off to Mayumi in the next 30 minutes. I hope she'll like it... I really do myself. *shrug*
Will update everyone on how it turns out :)
edit: SHE LOVED IT! *proud grin*