The History of Rainbow Roll
The Rainbow Roll is an American sushi house staple! The specialty sushi roll draws its origins
from Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, California, being introduced sometime in the late 1960s.
Some people may be surprised to find that this fresh, creative roll does not come directly from
Japan. However, many modern sushi dishes are actually American favorites as there are many
differences between how we and our friends out in Japan usually enjoy sushi. More on that some
What Is a Rainbow Roll
Essentially, a sushi Rainbow roll is a California roll (kani kama crab mix, avocado and
cucumber) with fresh fish on top. The usual standard toppings are tuna, yellowtail, shrimp,
salmon and avocado - the wide range of colors giving it the name. In general, rainbow rolls have around 475 calories, 50g of carbs, 16g of fat and a whopping 33g of protein! That's all not to mention all the nutritious omega-3 fatty oils and vitamin B from the many fish it's topped with. As such depending on your lifestyle, a Rainbow roll is a healthier way to get lots of nutrients and energy. People with active lifestyles will find it especially rewarding.
Rainbow rolls are considered on the simpler side of specialty rolls to prepare. To make a Rainbow roll spread a layer of sushi rice over Nori seaweed paper and flip it. Along the length, assemble a line of kani kama mixed with a small amount of Japanese mayo, sliced cucumber sticks and 2 slices of avocado. Roll these up tight and press together using a makisu. Cut a slice each of tuna, shrimp, salmon, and avocado with a sushi knife. Drape them atop the roll and cover in plastic wrap. With the plastic wrap still on, use the makisu again to shape the fish along the top of the roll. Keep the plastic on and use a sharp sushi knife to cut 8-9 pieces depending on preference. Plate and serve!
Kizuna’s Rainbow Roll Specialty
At Kizuna, we like to add a little of our own touch by adding the fish escolar popularly known as
super white tuna (despite not being a tuna at all!), homemade sushi mayo and a bit of tobiko
which is the roe of a flying fish. Each of our chefs have their own way of preparing it so the
topping selection may differ slightly from roll to roll!
Try ours today!
(Pictured below is our Rainbow roll topped with salmon, shrimp, avocado, super white tuna and yellowtail plus a little creamy house mayo and vibrant orange tobiko (flying fish roe))
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