by Samvita Amladi

The times they are a-changin’ – Bob Dylan 

Sushi for many years has been a controversial subject in the food diverse as it can be an acquired taste. Most people don’t find sushi and the likes of it palatable until the age of eighteen. Over the years, sushi has turned from a Japanese delicacy to one adapted into American cuisine. Adding mayonnaise to the California roll made it casual. The journey of sushi has not only made its way around the world and back, but it has also made Sushi culture almost omnipresent. 

From the common maki roll and nigiri to the seemingly nori-absent makizushi this food has almost transfigured itself to the tastebuds of anybody. The evolution of sushi is a topic many find interesting. The traditional savoury rolls are made into dessert sushi. Sushi made “Convenient”, “Sushi bazookas”, “Nigiri Kits” all a race to make Sushi normal. What was once found on a plate for special occasions has now been transformed to what many can make at home. 

Dessert sushi such as “Gummy Sushi” or even “Gelato Sushi” is adored by many. Obviously sweet sushi does not contain any of the real ingredients of sushi like nori or rice. Instead, dessert sushi can contain assorted sweets, gummies and or ice-creams that resemble the real deal for those who cannot stomach actual sushi. Sushi, as mentioned above, has been introduced to cultures in many shapes and forms. Sometimes, these forms are so bizarre that it would be more appetising to eat them in their normal form. For example, the “Sushi burrito”, “Sushi doughnut”, “Sushi Burger”, “Pizza Sushi” and even “Sushi Sneakers” have taken Instagram by storm! Media influencers have adorned their feed with coral-hued salmon and vibrant green avocado slices. 
The slightly aged trend “Mukbanging” has encouraged sushi fans to gorge on abnormally sized Sushi, Sashimi, and Nigiri. This, in turn, has caused a rise in the popularity of Sushi Culture. Popular media sites such as Mental Floss cover stories of “Sushi Art”  and “Sushi Mosaics”.

Samvita Amladi is a writer, editor and marketer for the Ascent. She is an activist who advocates for social equality. Samvita has been dancing professionally for 6 years. She paints frequently and has a love for animals. Samvita hopes to be a change-maker and wants to be a part of a developing world.