In the latest video from the YouTube channel Asian Boss, passersby on the streets of Tokyo are asked to sample a few pieces of sushi, made in the American style. Specifically, they're presented with two different specialty rolls, a California Roll and Volcano Roll, and are told to rate them on how they compare to Japanese sushi. To put it bluntly, each and every Japanese taste-tester is confounded that the food in front of them even qualifies as sushi in the first place. They also don't think it tastes anything like Japanese sushi.
Despite their straight-up refusal to acknowledge the rolls as proper sushi, the reactions to the general flavor is pretty positive (except for one older man, who looked offended by the whole concept). Still, when pressed, most confess that they prefer the fresh and raw stuff they're more familiar with. One guy even explained that he understands "why they try to hide the fish flavor by using mayonnaise and adding a bunch of avocados," which, ouch. However, they're also quite accepting of how the style of sushi has evolved stateside, considering in America it's much tougher to track down super-fresh sushi-grade fish, let alone know how to handle it or prepare it.
Judge as you may, but facts are facts: California Rolls and Volcano Rolls are freaking great no matter where they fall on the authenticity spectrum.
h/t Boing Boing