One of the pleasures of dining at the sushi counter is having the chance to ask the chef what sort of shiromi is best that day. Sushi chefs want you to star t your sushi meal with shiromi so that the stronger- tasting akami (red- fleshed) fish doesn’t overpower your palate. The taste of shiromi is lighter and simpler. However, it has a more refined and sophisticated umami flavor characterized by savoriness, a chewy mouth feel and a deep, rich after taste. Here are some popular shiromi:
Yasushi Kurita was born in Tokyo. He has spent the last 30 years as a writer for print publications and TV. When he was in college, he spent two years in New York. His favorite band is the Atlanta Rhythm Section, making him one of about 15 Japanese people who actually like that band.
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