The unique style of service attracts attention online.
From sushi burritos to kebab sushi rolls, we’ve tried a lot of unusual sushi in Japan. However, there is one sushi restaurant that now tempts us with an extra-special way of serving sushi that surprises even Japanese diners, as it involves sear fresh squid with a soldering iron.
Ryu hamasaki, editor-in-chief of Japanese food media “TERIYAKI”, captured this video of the unique serving method, which has become something of a signature at Ninokura, a recently opened sister store of a popular sushi restaurant Sushi no Kura in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
The video shows the chef with gentleness and thoroughness press the tip of the iron along the surface of the squid, which lightly grips the flesh, allowing diners to enjoy the different textures created.
– 浜 崎 龍 (味 味 し い store が 分 か る テ リ ヤ キ の 代表 取締 役) (@ryu_hamasaki) February 26, 2021
It’s not every day that you see a chef using a soldering iron in a sushi restaurant, and it’s not just for the show either, as it offers better control over Temperature and direction than a grill or torch.
▼ Sushi no Kura also uses the soldering iron method to sear other types of seafood in restaurants
The video of the unusual cooking method quickly went viral online, where some people praised the chef for the unusual idea and others questioned its safety, raising concerns that the soldering iron tip might have been made of lead. However, Taiyo soldering iron maker Denki Sangyo has confirmed that lead-free solders have been in use for about ten years, with the tips now made of metals like tin, silver, and copper.
The restaurant itself posted the statement on its official Facebook account in response to health and safety concerns, saying experts had confirmed that there were no issues with their hygiene management and that the iron tip had been replaced with stainless steel as an added precaution. .
According to local food safety laws, “Solders used to fabricate or repair parts of appliances or containers and packaging that come into contact with food should not contain more than 0.2% lead. The director of the Sapporo Central Health Center told the media that the soldering iron is made of iron, not lead, and therefore there was no problem with its use under the Food Hygiene Act.
With Sushi no Kura and its sister restaurant given the go-ahead to proceed with the unusual input method, it seems soldering irons aren’t going anywhere just yet. So, the next time you travel to Hokkaido, which recently ranked as Japan’s most popular place to settle in, you might want to put these sushi restaurants on your itinerary, as well as a stop for Sushi at Seico Mart, a fine local convenience store chain that’s worth a visit!
Sources: Twitter / @ ryu_hamasaki, Facebook / Sushi no Kura, Yahoo! News
The selected image: Twitter / @ ryu_hamasaki
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