Ume-maki

Umeboshi (plum) with shiso
Type: Makizushi
Season: All year

The other beauty on my two-roll maki mount rushmore, Ume-maki subverts expectations from start to finish. First, it may seem simple – pickled plum with shiso leaf – but it takes skill to prep the skin of the umeboshi plum (which becomes bai-naku). Once served as maki – alongside wasabi, shiso and sesame – your first bite will likely be bitter. It’s a complete left-turn from the pleasant, umami-filled taste of virtually¬† everything else on most menus. Stick with it, even if you can’t see the plum (that’s normal, a small amount packs a big punch).¬†

Sushi Makio
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