Kaiten Sushi in Japan "conveyor belt sushi"
Eating at Kaiten Sushi Restaurants is fun and affordable. Other than sushi, other dishes are also served.
- What is Sushi?
- Nigiri Sushi
- Maki Sushi
- Preparing maki sushi
- Kaiten Sushi "Conveyor belt Sushi"
- Other food served at kaiten sushi
- We love to eat at sushi restaurants
What is Sushi?
The dictionary definition of sushi is "Cold cooked rice dressed with vinegar that is shaped into bite-sized pieces and topped with raw or cooked fish, or formed into a roll with fish, egg, or vegetables and wrapped in seaweed." This is the sushi that we know at present.
Originally, sushi began as a way of preserving fish in the old days in China and Japan when there were no refrigerators. People salted the fish and mixed it in rice and have it fermented for a few months or a year. They pressed the salted fish into the rice flatly with a heavy stone and after a week, the heavy stone will be replaced to a lighter one and a few months later, the fermented fish is ready.
After 10 centuries, the fermentation process was dropped and now we have what we call sushi.
The popular sushi dishes are "nigiri sushi" and "maki sushi".
Nigiri Sushi or finger roll is a dish consisting of hand-pressed mound of cold rice with a dab of "wasabi" (horseradish) and topping of raw fish, shellfish and others.
Maki Sushi is what we call sushi roll. This sushi contains sushi rice with fillings of your choice like cucumber, fish, egg, spinach etc. and rolled together in dried seaweed sheet "nori" with a special mat.
Preparing maki sushi
Spread the sushi rice on the dry seaweed "nori" sheet.
Place sliced fish, vegetable, scrambled egg and others on the bed of rice.
Roll the sushi mixture together with the use of the special mat.
Kaiten Sushi "Conveyor belt Sushi"
Kaiten Sushi is called conveyor belt sushi. Sushi in plates are moved past the costumers on conveyor belts and the customers pick what they want. Usually, each plate has two pieces of sushi. Kaiten sushi are very popular in Japan. There are cheap Kaiten sushi restaurants everywhere. They serve a plate of sushi for 105 yen. You can eat "toro" (part of the fish rich in fat) which is an expensive part of raw fish for 105 yen but there is only 1 piece on the plate. Sometimes there is also "ohtoro" (the most fatty part of the fish) in the menu just for that day, which is offered for about 230 yen or so for each plate. This item is only limited so once you see that they have ohtoro on that day, you better order earlier so that you can have yours.
Some customers do not get sushi from the conveyor belt moving around. There are devices installed at each table for those who want to order. Each table has a designated color for the staffs to know who placed their orders and for the customers to know their orders when their orders are placed at the conveyor belt for delivery. When their orders are ready, the order device buzzes or blinks to know that your order is ready. After that you just wait for the conveyor to come.
Most toppings used at kaiten sushi restaurants are tuna, horse mackerel, flounder, bonito, yellow jack, salmon, salmon roe, herring roe, squid, octopus, eel, conger eel, shrimp, crab, sea urchin, horse clam, ark shell, cockle, scallop, abalone and scrambled egg.
Sushi is usually consumed with hot green tea. The thin slices of vinegar pickled ginger root is offered free and eaten between bites to freshen the palate.
When eating sushi, you can dip it in soy sauce or pour soy sauce on the sushi and lift it to your mouth with chopsticks or with your fingers. You can add wasabi to the soy sauce to make it spicier.
When you have finished eating, press the order device and request the staff to check your bill. After that, one of the staffs will come to your table and he will start to count on how many plates of sushi you consumed. He will add the consumed plates and after that he will give the bill slip. You pay the bill at the payment counter which is located at the entrance.
Other food other than sushi are served but they vary in prices.
Other food served at kaiten sushi
Salads, soft drinks, beer, juice, ice cream, fruit desert like melon, watermelon and sometimes mango are also available at kaiten sushi restaurants. The price for these items ranges from 200 yen above.
Tempura and noodles are also available at sushi restaurants.
We love to eat at sushi restaurants
Once a month, we go to eat at kaiten sushi restaurants. Aside from being cheap, there are variety of food that are available. My family and I enjoy eating at kaiten sushi restaurants. The restaurant where we usually eat offers different kinds of sushi every time we go there. We usually consume an average of ten plates each. But when we are really hungry we consume more than ten. It's a good experience to eat at kaiten sushi restaurants.