Great Job, Internet!: Sushi gateway California roll was actually born in Canada

Today sushi is well-established as a popular restaurant destination in the U.S. and Canada, but as a Great Big Story video points out, it wasn’t always so. In 1971, picky North Americans limited their Japanese menu items to tempura and teriyaki. it wasn’t even the raw-fish aspect of sushi that turned most people off (although that probably didn’t help): It was the seaweed. Nobody wanted to eat a lunch wrapped in kelp.

Genius Japanese-Canadian chef Hidekazu Tojo then came up with a sushi roll that put the rice on the outside, the seaweed on the inside, thereby covering up the possibly offensive dark green shade. He then inserted the roll with some palatable flavors like avocado, cooked crab, and cucumber. He called it the “inside-out roll,” but this dish soon got a new name because so many people who ordered it came from L.A. The …

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