Sail A Sushi Boat Into Your Holiday Party!
Posted: Dec 08 2014
Sushi boats and sashimi boats are among the most popular ways to enjoy a festive meal with friends. During the holiday season, it can be a great centerpiece to a holiday party. Sure, it's not the traditional turkey or ham, but when you have a lot of people over, a boat of sushi and sashimi makes serving people easy and unique.
How can you integrate Christmas/holiday themes into a sushi boat? First, let's take a look at what they do in the land of sushi. In Japan, the holiday season is handled a little bit differently from what we do in America. Religious aspects are completely removed except for the minority of Christians in the country. Instead, popular elements such as mistletoe and red/green colors are used, and traditions of gifts and cards are all around. For many in Japan, New Year's is the focal point of the season, as it symbolizes new beginnings and rebirth.
Surprisingly, the Japanese holiday season takes most of its special meals from American dishes, like fried chicken. So if you're looking to dress up sushi in a holiday theme, you'll have to come up with your own inspirations.
Colors are an easy way to go. If you're filling a sashimi boat with shades of red, complementary green vegetable leaves work well to create a holiday theme. Similarly, if you're making your own sushi rolls, the California rolls work well for the red/green tradition. You can also work further Christmas colors with smart use of food dye, particularly for the rice. Cucumber also works to help fill out the presentation on a sushi boat or sashimi boat, as well as for use in rolls.
Other accoutrements for your holiday sushi or sashimi boat just take a little creativity. For example, you can use white rice to make snowmen or a combination of rice and sushi meat to make a sushi santa, or use traditional Christmas decorations to adorn the actual boat, such as holiday lights. As for the sushi or sashimi boat itself, wouldn't it make sense for it to be pulled by several decorative reindeer?
The holiday season is a fun and festive time to get creative with your sushi or sashimi boat presentation. With just a little bit of effort, you can serve a massive sushi or sashimi boat at any holiday party while fitting right in. And if you want to follow Japanese traditions, here's one way to top it off: serve a Christmas cake for dessert.
For everyone at Fish For Sushi, we wish you a safe, happy, and sushi-filled holiday season!