Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Scoot 'n' slice sushi

So where were we? Ahh yes sitting at the pad Thai street stand eyeing off the meals on wheels that had pulled up to the curb. Now there's a million of these mobile mini restaurants across south east Asia but we had never seen one plying sushi.

Kamala Beach

Of course we were very sceptical at first, I mean how good could sushi off the back of a bike be? We wandered over for a look see, the layout was super organised and very cleverly thought out, when the chef stopped, a bench folded over from the cart onto his seat doubling his bench space and giving him a place to put his cutting board and assemble the sushi, that's right assemble. The sushi was not pre-made but made to order to your specifications.

Kamala Beach

On the side of the cart a menu with photos of all he could do and it was not a small amount, maki, nigiri, handrolls, sashimi you just tell him what you want and it is done. The several Thais were immediately at the side of the cart ordering so we got to watch a few things being made before we made a decision whether or not to order ourselves. Rice appeared from little Tupperware in the front tray but where was the fish we were wondering. Ahhh of course, under the cart was a tray holding a Styrofoam box with all the fish on ice, sweet. Each order the box was opened fish removed sliced then replaced.

Kamala Beach

After watching for five minutes or so we decided we could not pass up the opportunity to order sushi off a scooter. We ordered lightly keeping in mind this would our third meal/snack tonight; one California roll some salmon nigiri and a couple of wakame gunkan-maki (battleships). First the chef knocked out the gunkan and nigiri before proceeding to whip up an inside out California just like that (I think he'd had a bit of practice) all packed into takeaways with soy and wasabi for the grand total of 180 baht, bargain.

Kamala Beach

We took the sushi home to give the noodles time to settle, sitting at home with the sushi between us we each tentatively took a first bite, not so hot quality fish is not a thing I enjoy, but much to our surprise and delight it was good, at least as good as many a sushi train sushi we have had.

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach

Now I know sushi train is not the highest rating of sushi but it can be good and we were ordering off the back of a bike people. It was good enough if we felt like sushi and the sushi scooter was in the neighborhood we'd go again. From the amount of locals lining up sushi dude is cleaning up, good on him

2 comments:

Girl Japan said...

This looks so good, yet fun, I have to admit for as long as I've been here, this is totally new.... hard work on the sushi chef I bet.. scooter and all.

Kat n Kim said...

New to us as well. We did it for the novelty but that fact it tasted good as well was a great bonus.