While Japanese food is generally pretty healthy, food convenience and quickness sometimes trump overall healthfulness of the food. This just means I have to put a bit more forethought into my means when I eat out, but it’s still very possible to keep things on the healthier side.
Sushi, Sushi, and Sushi
Sushi is a pretty broad category of food, where raw slices of various fish are topped over or wrapped around a special vinegar-soaked rice. The making of sushi rice is an art in itself because really, really good sushi rice is like a whole different delicious world for your taste buds. It’s sometimes the entire reason I crave sushi, but I digress.
The name of the sushi depends on how it’s prepared and presented. In kaiten sushi, also known as conveyor belt sushi or “rotation sushi”–which is essentially sushi on a rotating conveyor belt–you typically find nigiri, hand rolls, gunkan maki rolls, soups, and other little bites.
All About That Cheaper Sushi
In Japan, sushi grade can vary a whole lot, and the higher quality sushi can make your wallet quite sad. Hey, I’m all about “treating yo’self,” but sometimes we have to compromise somewhere (Tokyo ain’t cheap, yo!). Conveyor belt sushi, on the other hand, can be an affordable way to stuff your face full of fairly good-grade sushi, if you know where to go. For conveyor belt sushi in Tokyo, you can’t go wrong with busier areas like Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Ikebukuro.