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Sushi tacos now on sale in Japan

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

“Sushi tacos” sounds like something you’d only find far, far away from Japan. It’s the sort of thing you expect to find at a strange, independent fusion cafe run by a guy who’s never had the opportunity to eat authentic Japanese food, or that your semi-Japanophile college buddy would press together out of two half-eaten sets of leftovers since his palate isn’t fully adapted to Japanese flavors yet.

But as it turns out, you can get sushi tacos in Japan right now, and at one of the country’s largest kaitenzushi (conveyor belt sushi) chains, Sushiro.

▼ スシタコス = sushi tacos

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We should point out that as a casual and very budget-friendly eatery, Sushiro isn’t all that concerned about adhering to orthodox sushi culinary traditions. Still, Sushiro is an extremely popular chain and not in the habit of offering menu items it doesn’t think people will want to eat, so if nothing else the company is confident in the concept of sushi tacos.

We needed to try them for ourselves, though, and our reporter P.K. Sanjun volunteered to do the taste testing. He’s the biggest taco fan on our staff, having subsisted almost exclusively on them during his travels in Mexico and regularly making tacos at home since returning to Japan.

Sushiro’s sushi tacos are priced at 170 yen, and ordered via a touch panel at your seat, just like any other item on the Sushiro menu. As P.K. waited for his taco to arrive, he felt just a little apprehensive. After all, 170 yen could have also gotten him a piece of extra-fatty, extra-delicious chutoro maguro sushi.

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After a short wait, P.K.’s sushi taco came down the line, and he grabbed the plate off of the conveyor. It’s a hard taco, with a crunchy tortilla shell, and inside you’ll find ground beef and pork, shredded lettuce, sliced onion, cheese, and vinegared sushi rice.

Looking at the ingredients, P.K. started to have a little more faith in the concept. A lot of the tacos he’d eaten in Mexico had rice in them. Sure, they hadn’t used vinegared sushi rice, but tangy flavors, like from citrus, show up in some Mexican cooking too. With his heart and mind now more at ease, he picked up his sushi taco and took a bite…and found that it was delicious!

The meat wasn’t fiery, but had a stimulating spice to it, and the vegetables were crisp, meshing pleasantly with the crunch of the taco shell. The sushi rice acted as a nice compliment to the other flavors, and so P.K. deems the sushi taco to be a completely viable choice when eating at Sushiro.

As with a lot of Sushiro’s more unique offerings, the sushi taco is currently on an unspecified limited-time status. In hindsight, it’s a little unusual that it doesn’t contain any seafood, given that fish tacos are a thing and Mexican ceviche is pretty close to sashimi, but for now P.K. is just happy to have one more way to eat tacos, thanks to the restaurant that also created the sushi hot dog.

Related: Sushiro location list

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No, Just NO!

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Another gross concoction. No thanks.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

One thing I really love from my local mexican is tostadas atun with fatty tuna, lush.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Don’t re-invent the wheel. Nothing goes down better with a Corona than a traditional Carnitas, Carne Asada, Pollo tacos, soft warm corn tortillas with some fresh Pico de gallo and some lime. I’ll pass on this experiment.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Sounds good to me. Crispy tacos with sushi rice or Sashimi and salad. Also Japan beef and pork slices with hot sauce. Meatballs. Chinese duck.

How about tacos with fired locust.

Anything but natto for me.

All easy to make at home and tacos not difficult to find.

In the UK they sell sushi with roast beef instead of raw fish.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Yuck. That taco looks dry and horrible.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Bad idea. Bad, bad idea.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Would rather have a Baja California fish taco.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

 inside you’ll find ground beef and pork, shredded lettuce, sliced onion, cheese, and vinegared sushi rice.

So, it's a basic taco with rice plopped in. Duh. "..inside you'll find disappointment." Fixed it.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

So, its a rice "tostada" with vinegar instead of plenty of lime juice? nothing new there.

Next they will discover toast topped with beans, cheese and salsa and call it a "natto mollete"?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

A close friend from my California days, where corn tortillas dominate, now lives in Texas, dominated by flour tortillas. He complains about that a lot - there's nothing like a steaming hot pack of corn tortillas straight off the roaster from your local tortilleria. In this case, though, I'd go with flour as the taste of the corn would overwhelm the ceviche taste. But please: no hard shells. They are not Mexican; they are American.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Sounds totally weird. But if it tastes ok then well...good.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

In the UK they sell sushi with roast beef instead of raw fish

Again, the wheel doesn’t need to be re-invented.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Would rather have a Baja California fish taco

Amen to that!!!!

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Sounds weird. Maybe it will rock somebody's world but I like my tacos with beef, thank you very much. Still, I might try one of these just once but beef is best for these things.

It's the same deal with gyros.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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