Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi may be far from home, but not from his country's trademark dish. He is making sushi in space while floating weightless aboard his current post on the International Space Station, and even wears a chef's hat while he does it.
In a demonstration, Noguchi held a piece of seaweed in one hand and used a spoon to nudge a floating clump of rice into it. With a few quick twists, he wrapped it all up in a neat roll.
"The first hand-rolled sushi in space, there you go," a proud Noguchi told Fuji TV reporters after making a sushi roll while floating inside the space station's Japanese-built Kibo laboratory. "It has salmon inside."
Henk Boshuijer Member
Posts: 345 From: Netherlands Registered: May 2007
posted February 27, 2010 06:28 PM
Where does he get the fresh salmon. I can see that Noguchi-san realy likes sushi... I really like this kind of video.
Jay Chladek Member
Posts: 1566 From: Bellevue, NE, USA Registered: Aug 2007
posted February 28, 2010 02:01 AM
LOL, one of the more original demonstrations of zero-g I have seen. It looks like Japanese sticky rice is perfect for this sort of thing. They just need to put a fish tank up there for the raw fish then.
Rob Joyner Member
Posts: 1245 From: GA, USA Registered: Jan 2004
posted February 28, 2010 03:49 PM
quote:Originally posted by Henk Boshuijer: Where does he get the fresh salmon.
It probably arrived frozen. Most sushi grade fatty salmon should thaw out to its original texture. This only works with fatty fish and not whitefish, unless you like really mushy sushi!
Not to get too far off topic, but a sushi chef once told me that if you ever wanted to check the overall quality of a sushi bar, just ask to smell the mackerel. If it smells okay then have a seat! If not, you're on your own. The chef said mackerel is one of the most difficult fish to prepare and keep fresh at a sushi bar.
Mmmm. I could really go for some soy painted eel right now!
Posts: 1246 From: Greensboro, NC USA Registered: Feb 2006
posted February 28, 2010 05:30 PM
I want to see him prepare a bowl of nabeyaki udon soup!