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What I Ate: July 15, 2009 (Haiku)

Posted 15 July, 2009 at 9:01pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

Lunch: I breaded the chicken tenders we had left and baked in my countertop convention oven. Tina prepared some broccoli with garlic to go with my chicken strips.
Chicken tenders and broccoli

Dinner: We went out to Haiku (9600 S Interstate 35, Austin, TX‎ - (512) 291-5600‎) for some sushi rolls. We started off with sake nigiri and unagi nigiri.
Haiku - Sake Nigiri and Unagi Nigiri

Then a Longhorn roll - two tempura jumbo shrimp, snow crab, cream cheese, smelt roe and fresh tuna topped with avocado and garnished with spicy mayo sauce and eel sauce
Haiku - Longhorn Roll

Finally a South Park roll - crawfish and fried tempura batter wrapped with snow crab, spicy tuna and wasbitobiko then garnished with avocado eel sauce
Haiku - South Park Roll

3 comments to What I Ate: July 15, 2009 (Haiku)

steviechug, July 16th, 2009 at 4:46 am:

  • The Longhorn roll looks pretty tasty. I'll have to try Haiku the next time I'm in Austin. Usually, when I go for sushi, I like to get a bowl of rice with some tempura sauce and a salad. I find that it complements whatever sushi rolls that I get and something to eat while I'm waiting for the next roll.

    I'm assuming that the salmon is fresh and not smoked.

    Do you mix your ginger in with soy and wasabi or eat it separately? I always mix but I hear that the "proper" way to use the ginger is to use it to clean the palate.

    Out of curiousity, why don't you eat breakfast? There are so many good places in Austin.

Nate, July 16th, 2009 at 11:11 pm:

  • The gari (ginger) is a palate cleanser.

    Sushi purists would say that putting wasabi in the soy sauce and then dunking the sushi in it is an insult to the chef, who should know how to flavor the sushi properly.

Michael Chu, July 17th, 2009 at 12:51 am:

  • The salmon is fresh… and I actually don't eat my ginger usually. The few times that I do, I use it as a palate cleanser.

    When I eat sushi in Japan, I use my fingers and simply wet the fish with soy sauce. In the U.S., it's rare to have a sushi chef that will attempt to add the correct amount of wasabi and they are not (in my experience) offended by the American chopsticks and wasabi in soy sauce way of eating it.

    I've never formed the habit of eating breakfast. I love breakfast food though… interesting that I don't eat it to often (even for other meals).