Monday, August 24, 2009

Is Gefilte Fish the origin of Sushi?

What? You probably thought about this before? Gefilte fish is the Jewish sushi, or Japanese sushi is just a version of gefilte fish.

Find the Differences

I mean, just like in your sushi, the gefilte fish offers pieces of boneless fish. The fish is poached (yes, sushi is raw but first – you can not tell me that a gefilta fish doesn’t feel raw and have you ever heard about tempura?)

Later on the gefilta fish is stuffed into the round shape skin – just like sushi is made using a round shape sea weed. Then you put a carrot on top of the gefilte and there’s planty of carrots in sushi. Last but not least – the serving.

Come on! Sushi comes with soy sauce and gefilte? The weird jell thingy… And the wasabi? What do you say about chrain? Horseradish? It’s the same thing! Could it be that the Japanese are a lost Ashkenazi tribe?

Also, the Orthodox just love the kosher sushi and there are also Shabbos Sushi platters – you can’t say that this story doesn’t smell fishy…

Although we're short of gefilte fish, you can still get your Kosher sushi fix at Sushi K Bar and don't forget to visit us online at http://www.sushikbar.com/. The freshest Quality Sushi in Town.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Kampai! Have a glass of Kosher Sake

Sake is a famous Japanese rice wine. The traditional alcoholic beverage is found in many sushi bars and restaurants and the making of sake started hundreds of years ago.

The process of making Sake resembles the brewing of beer. Polished rice is soaked in water, boiled and steamed and mixed with yeast. After a couple of weeks the solid substance is removed from the sake liquid which than rests, matures and distilled with water.

Sake is served in a ceramic container and poured into small ceramic cups. Depending on how you like it – sake can be served hot, cold or at room temperature. You’d probably prefer hot sake during the winter, but you should know that quality sake looses some of its taste and aroma when served hot, so it is recommended to drink more expensive sake cold or at room temperature.

Sake can be kosher. There are is kosher sake available on the market such as Hatsukuru sake and although there is no rabbi present in this footage, we thought you'd be interested to know how sake is made:



Come get your Kosher sushi fix right at www.sushikbar.com. The freshest Quality Sushi in Town.

Monday, August 10, 2009

How to eat Sashimi?

Sashimi is a Japanese delicacy, which is basically nothing more than very fresh and very raw fish. The fish is sliced to thin pieces and served with all the Japanese goodies such as soy sauce, ginger and wasabi.

Sashimi stands for “pierced meat” or “pierced body” and in a Japanese restaurant you’ll find it as an appetizer or a main dish.

There are two ways to eat sashimi. One method claims that you should pour a little bit of soy sauce into the small sauce dish, mix in wasabi and dip the fish in the sauce. Others say that you should take a small amount of wasabi and put it on the fish. Than dip the sashimi in the soy platter and eat the piece in one bite, enjoying the mixture of the three flavors. It’s important to apply only a small amount of soy and wasabi – you still want to taste the fish, don’t you?



But we don't really care how you eat our delightful sashimi as long as you eat it. Get your Kosher sushi fix right here and don't forget to visit us online at www.sushikbar.com. The freshest Quality Sushi in Town.

Monday, August 3, 2009

White Rice Vs. Brown Rice

It’s funny how years ago the whole wheat bread was a poor man’s food. Today, we all know that whole wheat breads are much healthier than white breads, and grain bread is even more expensive now.

Same goes with rice. For years we’ve been eating just white rice and now there are so many kinds of rice to choose from. Two kinds of rice that are questionable are white rice and brown rice. When rice is being processed – its outer layer is removed from the grain. For white rice, there is a removal of additional layers and polishing of the rice’s grain.

So brown rice is more of a whole rice because you are left with the barn. Just like in breads – it’s mostly a matter of taste although white rice cooks faster as well.

So what’s the nutritional difference? Brown rice, like most whole grains, has more fiber than white rice and also contains extra goodies and vitamins.

Are you ready to make the switch? In a quality sushi restaurant you get order brown rice sushi. Try it. It may be funny at first, but many people who discover brown rice fall in love with its earthy taste.

At Sushi K Bar you can get your sushi rolled up with brown rice. For the best, kosherest sushi Log on to www.SushiKbar.com

Monday, July 20, 2009

How to make Kosher Sushi Rice?

Making sushi rice takes a little more than just boiling rice and water. First of all, we need a good sushi rice, which usually says “sushi rice” or California short grain rice. Sushi rice is cooked with less water because we want to be the rice dry. Why? So it will take in and absorb the delicate tastes and seasoning. But not to dry… Let’s say it should be enough dry to separate but individually sticky.

How do you do it? You take 4 cups of rice and a little less than 4 cups of water. You will also need ¼ of kosher rice vinegar, 1 ½ tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon full of sugar.

Wash the rice, drain and drain for 10 minutes.
Let the rice steam in the cooker for 40 minutes.
Put the rice in a wooden bowl (or non-metallic) and pour the vinegar, sugar and salt. Toss the rice and cool the rice, covering it with a paper towel.

After the rice cooled down, try and shape it in your fingers. If it falls apart, it means it’s too wet and you need to use less vinegar or water.

Or you can check out this step by step video tutorial:



Or you can just go and get your Kosher sushi fix at www.sushikbar.com the freshest Quality Sushi in Town.

Monday, July 13, 2009

How to make the Obama Sushi Roll?

Last week we've blogged about the world craziest sushi. Turns out that one sushi caught your attention and it was the Obama Roll. Many of our hungry readers were interested to know whether the Obama sushi was real, and if we serve it. Well, it is real but we don't think that eating the Prez is kosher.

Anyway, for all of our dedicated readers, here's the Obama roll, step by step. The roll was made by Chef Ken Kawazumi, in Tokyo. Everybody say konnichiwa to the Chef...


As you can see below, the Chef used black sesame seeds for the hair, and amaboko(processed fish paste) for the mouth and teeth. The President's skin was made out of brown rice.


But wait! There's more. The Chef decided to go and make the American Flag. He used rice as the white background and tuna for the red stripes.


To finish the deal, he created another American icon out of yellow rice:


And the final result was more than just a portrait of Obama, it was a tribute to the US of A :


If you must know, the cars' windows are made out of cucumber, and front lights are made of burdock root:


Can you do a creative sushi? A roll that looks just like JFK? Your mom? The Empire State building? Yes you can! Feel free to share your ideas with us and remember that from Brooklyn Sushi to New York Sushi and even Kosher Sushi, Sushi K Bar knows it all. Get your Kosher sushi fix right here and don't forget to visit us online at www.sushikbar.com. The freshest Quality Sushi in Town.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sushi Chefs gone Crazy! World’s funniest, weirdest and craziest Sushi Rolls

As much as tastes matters, a good sushi is also measured by looks and presentation. When you get yourself to a sushi restaurant, you expect more than a sushi in a box à la McDonald's. There are many ways to design and serve a roll and innovation is always welcome in the Japanese kitchen. Well, almost always.

We've gathered for you guys some unconventional sushi desgins. To tell you the truth, they don't really boost our appetite, but we'll let you decide. The first sushi, is the presidential sushi. Ladies and Gentlemen, we give you the Obama Roll:


We know that many people would love to shake the President's hand, but we're not so sure about eating his face. Here's another interesting design, the Panda Sushi:


When the Panda is on the verge of extinction, eating a panda sushi might not be such a bad idea.

World's smallest sushi:


World's largest sushi:

World's most disgusting sushi:


I know that some people can't live without sushi but that's too much:


I had no idea that nerds eat sushi:

Lightsaber Sushi!

This one is American-Japanese fusion. It's called the Sushiburger:


If you had enough and you're looking for some real, no messing around sushi, remember that from Brooklyn Sushi to New York Sushi and even Kosher Sushi, Sushi K Bar knows it all. Get your Kosher sushi fix right here and don't forget to visit us online at www.sushikbar.com. The freshest Quality Sushi in Town.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Your next healthy snack – Edamame

It’s always great to open any kind of meal with a tasty appetizer to get things going. Next time you’re in a Japanese restaurant, try and order an Edamame. The funny name simply means – soybeans. The soybeans that are used for edamame are picked green, before they ripen and are very easy to prepare. Edamame is the simplest way to cook soybeans and it’s done while they are still in their pod. The pods are steamed in salty water and served whole on your plate.

Now this is what’s going to happen next. You will take the edamame and put it between your teeth. Then squeeze them out of the pod. Don’t eat the hairy pod!!! If you like it, then you’re very welcome to make yourself edamame at home. They are great as an appetizer for any kind of meal, even as a snack along side a cool beer (or a healthy snack if you take out the beer) and maybe they will make you as happy as this guy:

From edamame to Brooklyn Sushi, New York Sushi and even Kosher Sushi - Sushi K Bar knows it all. Get your sushi fix right here and don't forget to visit us online at www.sushikbar.com. Stick around our blog for more of the freshest quality Sushi in Town.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

You say Sushi, I say Sashimi

So you decided to give sushi a try. You walk in a sushi place. You sit down. Look at the menu and it might as well be written in Japanese because you don’t know your sushi from your sashimi. Don’t feel bad. I love sushi, and I wasn’t better than you. And even though I eat sushi every other day, I still don’t know to read half of the menu.

It’s always nice to start a meal with hot Miso soup. It is a traditional Japanese soup, very simple and basic, just like your grandma’s chicken soup. Try and order a refreshing seaweed salad. It might not sound so attractive, but it’s really good. The crunchy watery seaweed is a fun appetizer that you’ll surely order again next time.

Now there’s sushi and sashimi and rolls and hand rolls – but there is no need to panic! Sushi is a fish, usually raw, served with, on top, under or inside special sushi rice. Sashimi is a fish, raw, and that’s about it. Now what’s the point of having sashimi? Well, if the fish is fresh, then sashimi can be quite a treat. The small, bite size sushi is called Maki, or a sushi roll. It is made out of rice, seaweed, vegetables and fish and can also come in the shape of Temaki sushi, hand roll, which comes in the shape of a large cone.

Don’t be afraid to ask! Get into your neighborhood’s Sushi K Bar where we can help you enjoy a wonderful evening of colors and tastes. From Brooklyn Sushi to New York Sushi and even Kosher Sushi, Sushi K Bar knows it all. Get your sushi fix right here and don't forget to visit us online at http://www.sushikbar.com. Stick around our blog for more Sushi tips from the freshest quality Sushi in Town.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Advanced Kosher Sushi

Last week we discussed how to get the sushi off the plate. But the sushi goes through a long journey from the minute it leaves its place until it gets in your mouth. One stop for sushi is usually the soy sauce. Only a small amount of soy should be applied. Wasabi shouldn’t be applied into the soy sauce, because eventually, you will be eating soy/wasabi flavored rice. Place a little amount of wasabi on the sushi itself. Ginger should never get near the sushi. Not even under it. Eat a piece of ginger between your sushi to clear the taste. Don’t be shy. Put the entire portion in your mouth. Go ahead! Some places make burger size sushi so, I’m not asking you to physically challenge yourself. But just make sure that the fish touches your tongue. It is much better this way.


When you sit at the bar and you are all sushied up, don’t give your money to the sushi chef. You know money – a dirty thing… From Brooklyn Sushi to New York Sushi and even Kosher Sushi, Sushi K Bar knows it all. Get your sushi fix right here and don't forget to visit us online at http://www.sushikbar.com... The freshest Quality Sushi in Town.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Kosher Sushi 101

When you step into a burger joint – it is a complete chaos. There are no rules. No “right” way to eat the fries. You can do it with a fork, with your hands, or directly apply your face to the platter. You can dip it in ketchup, mayo or peanut butter. Whatever works for you. But in a kosher sushi restaurant, there a few ground rules that a real sushi lover should follow. You will not get kicked out of a sushi place just because you ask for a fork, but did you know that it is perfectly okay and pretty common to eat sushi with your hands? Just like hummus, sushi is basically a finger food. So next time you find yourself struggling with chopsticks, just put them aside and work with your hands, it’s an experience you will not forget. But don’t go caveman on the sushi. Be considerate when a shared plate is on the table and use a tool to get your food. And don’t use the side that you eat with. Use the other side of the chopsticks when reaching for another man’s sushi. It’s just basic hygiene. By the way, if you do decide to use your chopsticks, never, but never rob them together. It is very rude and offensive in Japanese culture.

Stay tuned next week as we continue to go through sushi etiquette. And remember, from Brooklyn Sushi to New York Sushi and even Kosher Sushi, Sushi K Bar knows it all. Get your sushi fix right here and don't forget to visit us online at www.sushikbar.com. The freshest Quality Sushi in Town.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sushi Excellence


At SushiKBar we strive to focus on creating Sushi that not only makes our customers happy and satisfied but will also make us proud. When we started in 2006 we knew hat we wanted to create the best sushi in the world. Of course, those are big dreams that we feel we are pretty close to achieving.

So how do we do it? We understand the importance of a few key points.

Creating great tasting food using the finest, freshest ingredients
This is probably one of our most important key points. Who wants sushi that's been frozen and re-processed? Sushi was made to simply fresh and delicious and we made sure that we have the freshest New York sushi.

Hiring the most skilled sushi chefs in America

Why? Well, when a sushi restuarant takes on the tasks of providing kosher sushi to its menu, that's something ver serious. People who follow kosher lifestyles expect the best when their food is prepared and we make sure we have a skilled chef that can understand and follow kosher living standards.

Designing food that looks magnificent – each piece of Sushi K Bar sushi is a work of art
This is the fun part. Whether it's a California Sushi Roll or a specialty straight from the chef, we believe in presentation. Our food looks so good, some people feel bad eating it.... but not for long.

Maintaining a dedication to excellence that would make the great sushi chefs throughout history proud.
We've seen it a hundred times. As time goes by, sushi education gets shorter and lower in quality. We make sure that we stay focused and keep learning regardless of what the new trends are, we remember that sushi is a part of history.

From Brooklyn Sushi to New York Sushi and even Kosher Sushi, Sushi K Bar knows it all. Get your sushi fix right here and don't forget to visit us online at http://www.sushikbar.com//... The freshest Quality Sushi in Town.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sushi Facts You Probably Didn't know




We all love New York sushi, and for good reason. The unique history of sushi are interesting and unique to that special cuisine that has spread across the world. Here are a few facts that leave us understanding more about one of our favorite combination of dishes.

1. Sushi is a very affordable dish. However the highest price every paid for sushi was $173,600 for a 444 pound fish in January 2001. The fish was approximately $39 per pound and was purchased at the Tsukji Fish Market.

2. In the United States, with the influx of sushi, the Food and Drug Administration requires that all raw fish must be frozen first in order to kill all parasites.

3. Think your fish is fresh, straight from the ocean? Think again, nearly all of the fish consumed worldwide are raised on fish farms.

4. We all love our tuna! As a matter of fact, about 80% of all bluefin tuna caught is used for sushi.

5. Today, sushi chefs actually train for about two years to begin working. However just recently a sushi chef had to undergo 10 years of training before they could be considered a sushi chef or begin training to work in a restaurant.

6. The Japanese take their sushi requirements very seriously, and Japanese tourist, who expect the best, are quick to complain when something goes wrong. Because tourist complain about "bad" sushi in Japan, the Japanese Agriculture Ministry has started to enforce gastronomic culture to "improve the reliability of our country's food".

7. Lastly, sushi can be dated back all the way to 2nd century AD when the Chinese created it as a method to conserve fish.

From Brooklyn Sushi to New York Sushi and even Kosher Sushi, Sushi K Bar knows it all. Get your sushi fix right here and don't forget to visit us online at http://www.sushikbar.com/... The freshest Quality Sushi in Town.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Brooklyn Sushi Restuarant Meets Technology

When food service meets technology, the possiblities are endless. At SushiK Bar we love to think out of the box and integrate technology with our services, making our Brooklyn Sushi the best in town. With the economy tanking, the internet booming and gas prices becoming almost "not worth" the commute... we listened to our customers and integrated online solutions to help you move forward.

Who could forget Sex and City's Miranda as she called had a takeout fix every weekend? She always called over the phone, now you can have sushi in New York without using a telephone, all you need is a internet connection. It's actually quite easy.

Step 1: Visit us online at http://www.sushikbar.com click on our New Online Ordering link in the bottom right column:


Step 2: Fill out the form which allows you to enter your zipcoode (with wait times associated with each one) and request when you want your order (now, later, tomorrow or a later date):



Step 3: Choose your sushi takeout items from our menu and customize when needed:



Step 4: Checkout:



It's that easy and convenient. From Brooklyn Sushi to New York Sushi and even Kosher Sushi, Sushi K Bar knows it all. Get your sushi fix right here and don't forget to visit us online at http://www.sushikbar.com/... The freshest Quality Sushi in Town.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Utensils and Kosher Restaurants



You don't have to sit at home and eat dinner while watching Lifetime TV because you are too scared to eat out. When you follow a kosher diet, eating out can be nerve wrecking and stressful, especially when some so-called "kosher" restaurants aren't following the correct precautions to make sure their kosher preparation is up to par.

One new trend in kosher lifestyles is kosher sushi. But like any kosher restaurant utensils and serving plates should be just as important as the food. Here are two things to consider before eating out:

1. Storage is a key point when it comes to kosher eating and utensils. Different dishes should be stored separately depending on if they handle meat foods and dairy foods. However, the good thing about eating kosher sushi is that chop sticks, cups and plates are usually brand new so you don't have to worry about those issues.

2. A major ingredient in sushi is rice, which has been a huge debate in kosher eating. However, the simplest way to make sure rice is kosher is to ensure that the rice cook is being utilized in a kosher restaurant and that that rice cooker is only being used for rice.

3. Some details of washing dishes and utensils should be though about also. In strict kosher lifestyles dishes have to be washed in different dishwashers or separately to ensure kosher habits are strictly followed.

From Brooklyn Sushi to New York Sushi and even Kosher Sushi, Sushi K Bar knows it all. Get your sushi fix right here and don't forget to visit us online at http://www.sushikbar.com/... The freshest Quality Sushi in Town.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Non-Kosher Sushi Ingredients




Kosher is one a safe way to eat and stay healthy which is why it is not only growing in popularity, but also why many New York sushi restaurants are beginning to offer kosher sushi. With the spread of the CDC Swine Flu and other illnesses, many are beginning to change their eating habits to a kosher lifestyle. However, being kosher means a responsibility to look closer at restaurants who claim to be “kosher”. In our last few posts we talked about what makes a real kosher sushi restaurant. However, we didn't discuss exactly what ingredients are considered non-kosher, or which ingredients we should stay away from.

As we discussed earlier, exposure to wrong type of handling can make any food un-kosher. However, here's a list of some non-kosher sushi ingredients to avoid:

-Barbecued Eel or Unagi
-Shrimp or Ebi and ama-ebi
-Octopus or Tako
-Squid or Ika
-Red Clams or Akagai
-Scallops or Hotate
-Crab or Kani
-Sea Urchin Roe or Uni

It's also important to know that no clams, oyster or lobster is kosher. Also, the dispute with sea urchins is that have spikes so why isn’t that kosher. Sea urchins have spikes but they don't have fins or scales and that’s a major difference.

From Brooklyn Sushi to New York Sushi and even Kosher Sushi, Sushi K Bar knows it all. Get your sushi fix right here and don't forget to visit us online at http://www.sushikbar.com/... The freshest Quality Sushi in Town.

Monday, April 20, 2009

What Makes A Real Kosher Sushi Restaurant Part II


Last week in part I we discussed some serious requirements that a New York Sushi Bar that sells kosher sushi should be following. However, because of the sensitivity of Kosher Sushi, only a real kosher sushi restaurant would get it exactly right.

In part II of this article we will discuss more requirements of real kosher sushi.

Many Faces Of Nori

Nori, or seaweed paper, is a common sushi product that can have some serious kosher problems. The first is the fact that contamination of flavors can occur especially because some companies that produce nori like to add shrimp flavoring to the process. Even if the nori isn't flavored, there is a question on rather or not it has been produced along with flavored nori, which is non-kosher.

The second issue with nori is insects. Why? Well, depending on when the fisherman harvested the nori, infestation can be high or low. Even if you check nori by eye you can't tell what inscets are hiding between the thin layers. However, when eating so-called "kosher nori" make sure that lasers and a hechsher has been instrumental in getting rid of insects.

Righteous Rice?

Okay, we could talk about rice for 100's of blog post but the important fact is simple. In order for rice to be kosher a bishl yisroel, or an active Jew has to participate in the cooking. When eating kosher sushi in a sushi restaurant a simple question can clarify whether or not the rice is kosher.

Finicky Fish

Lastly, let’s discuss one of the main ingredients in sushi, fish. When speaking about fish as far as kosher terms, as long as fins and scales are present no other processing needs to be done. However, if the sushi restaurant soaks the fish in brine in order to pass is off as fresh, that can be a serious problem.

Moral of this 2 part series? Well, lots of details make a sushi restaurant kosher so don't be fooled. From Brooklyn Sushi to New York Sushi and even Kosher Sushi, Sushi K Bar knows it all. Get your sushi fix right here and don't forget to visit us online at http://www.sushikbar.com/... The freshest Quality Sushi in Town.

Monday, April 13, 2009

What Makes A Real Kosher Sushi Restaurant Part I?



Sushi has really gained popularity among many people who are of the Jewish faith, however, they still follow specific rules when it comes to kosher cooking. As a result, Brooklyn sushi restaurants are beginning to adapt to this growing need by including kosher sushi options.

However, it's recommended that people who follow a kosher diet only eat at a kosher sushi restaurants like SushiK Bar. But what makes a sushi restaurant kosher? Well, they follow kosher sushi rules very strictly and are always aware of:

Wasabi Fakes
Wasabi is one of the rarest vegetables to grow so sometimes when you go to a restaurant it's not wasabi, it's horseradish or food coloring requiring a reliable kosher certification.

Soy Sauce Debacles
Okay, soy sauce is delicious. It's dark and salty is created by fermenting boiled soybeans. However, sometimes companies who create soy sauce also manufacture non-kosher products.

Rice Vinegar's Bad Rep
Rice vinegar is another tricky kosher ingredient. Not only because of the utensils used in its production, but also because of the non-kosher wine vinegar that can spread to other vinegars.

Lot's of details make a sushi restaurant kosher... don't be fooled! Stay tuned next week as we continue to go through what a kosher sushi restaurant should really know. And remember, from Brooklyn Sushi to New York Sushi and even Kosher Sushi, Sushi K Bar knows it all. Get your sushi fix right here and don't forget to visit us online at http://www.sushikbar.com/... The freshest Quality Sushi in Town.

Monday, April 6, 2009

About Sushi K Bar


Sushi K Bar, founding in 2006, started with a single location and the dream to "create the finest sushi in the world and bring to as many lovers of fine food as possible". As a result we know have 5 locations in the New York Area and many more on the way!


Our success started by simple understanding the importance of:

  • Creating great tasting food using the finest, freshest ingredients

  • Hiring the most skilled sushi chefs in America

  • Designing food that looks magnificent – each piece of Sushi K Bar sushi is a work of art

  • Maintaining a dedication to excellence that would make the great sushi chefs throughout history proud.

So get ready to learn more about Sushi from Brooklyn Sushi to New York Sushi and even Kosher Sushi, Sushi K Bar knows it all. Get your sushi fix right here and don't forget to visit us online at http://www.sushikbar.com/... The freshest Quality Sushi in Town.