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Ode to Chirashi

I was struck recently by how big a fan I am of ordering chirashi. For those unfamiliar with the word, "chirashi" refers to the Japanese word "Chirashizushi," which literally translated means "scattered sushi." Typically it's a bowl of sushi rice topped with a variety of sashimi and garnishes and is thought to be popular because it's filling, easy to make, and can use fish choices that the chef has handy.

I think I'm a fan for several reasons. Primarily, when going into a new Japanese restaurant, I find it a great way to ascertain the quality, skill, and generosity of the sushi chef. Specifically, because chirashi allows the chef to select the fish, it gives some insight by way of seeing what and how much the chef picks. Now some would argue that "omakase" or "chef's choice" is a better way to see the very best a chef can offer. However, omakase is oftentimes an expensive proposition and I prefer to do it when I tr…