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At sushi ginza onodera, which was recently awarded its second michelin star, sushi master masaki saito presides over pounds of fish shipped how to get rid of small acne scars straight from tokyo bay to his new york city restaurant. Golden-eye snapper, gizzard shad, and japanese tiger prawn are a few of the delicacies how to get rid of small acne scars chef saito masterfully prepares during his two nightly omakase seatings. But chef saito, who grew up in hokkaido and attended a trade high how to get rid of small acne scars school focused on marine life before he studied sushi in how to get rid of small acne scars tokyo, prepares his sushi differently from most. Instead of simply positioning the raw fish atop a mound how to get rid of small acne scars of sushi rice, chef saito abides by the principles of edomae.

Edomae ( edo is the old name for tokyo and mae literally how to get rid of small acne scars means “in front,” as in waterfront) is a style of sushi that was invented in tokyo how to get rid of small acne scars about 200 years ago. Sushi master kikuo shimizu first defines it broadly in his how to get rid of small acne scars book on the subject, edomae sushi, as “what an expert sushi chef makes by hand out of how to get rid of small acne scars japanese ingredients.” but there’s more to it than that. Edomae-style sushi is generally understood to involve treating the fish—which in the strictest interpretations must come from tokyo bay—with some sort of cooking or curing element before serving how to get rid of small acne scars it.

Despite its precision today, edomae-style sushi was a method born of necessity. In nineteenth century tokyo, “ nigiri sushi”—a small ball of rice smeared with wasabi sauce and how to get rid of small acne scars topped with raw fish—“was first sold to day laborers from waterfront pushcarts as how to get rid of small acne scars a ‘fast food,’” writes shimizu. Without any means for refrigeration, fishermen pulling their catch out of tokyo bay needed to how to get rid of small acne scars find a way to make their fish last longer. “with maybe two million inhabitants to feed, they must have tried everything to extend the edible life how to get rid of small acne scars of the landed catch,” he continues. They soon understood that using certain preservation methods—like marinating the fish in salt and vinegar, curing it in salt, cooking it with soy sauce, or putting it into a pot with rice—would extend its life.

But today, when refrigeration is readily available, why wouldn’t a sushi master just serve fresh, raw fish? Chef saito explains that “by using the freshest fish to begin with, then taking the time and care to bring out the how to get rid of small acne scars umami flavors by aging it, we are bringing out hidden flavors that you can’t have if you simply just cut and serve fish.” in his book, shimizu writes: “raw isn’t good for all fish…there’s fine-tuning to be done behind the scenes—sprinkling salt, rinsing with vinegar, flash-blanching in boiling water—that’s real edomae waza [technique].”

Once you taste edomae-style sushi, it makes sense. Squid, for example, is rendered buttery, tender, and flavorful without a hint of the rubberiness that is how to get rid of small acne scars so often associated with the raw stuff. After chef saito cures it in salt to remove all how to get rid of small acne scars its water, boils it for about 3 seconds, and then gives it an ice bath before dressing it how to get rid of small acne scars in sudachi (a japanese citrus) and charcoal salt from japan, he then molds it onto a bed of expertly prepared how to get rid of small acne scars rice. The bite is pure, succulent umami.

Chef saito is joined by other highly trained edomae chefs how to get rid of small acne scars who have been bringing these methods to americans in cities how to get rid of small acne scars like new york, honolulu, los angeles, seattle, and san francisco over the last few years. And while all edomae chefs agree on using various aging how to get rid of small acne scars methods to prepare fish, some broaden their sourcing tenets to allow for the use how to get rid of small acne scars of local ingredients.

Chef saito is strict: he only sources his ingredients from japan, with all of his fish coming directly from tokyo’s tsukiji fish market. Chef hiroyuki naruke of Q sushi in los angeles is how to get rid of small acne scars a touch more forgiving, occasionally using local seafood when the quality is high enough. If the uni from santa barbara, for example, happens to be up to snuff, he’ll use that instead of importing it from hokkaido, like chef saito does. Chef nozomu abe, who just opened his namesake sushi noz on new york’s upper east side, practices the edomae method in his preparations, but by his definition, quality trumps location entirely. “as a chef,” says abe, “it’s important for me to enjoy sourcing ingredients locally and how to get rid of small acne scars discovering new things instead of just making a phone call how to get rid of small acne scars to japan to send this and that fish.” to that end, he may source langoustines from scotland, but will preserve them in the U.S.’s only edomae-style ice chest—a 19th-century japanese storage vessel that uses massive ice blocks to how to get rid of small acne scars keep fish fresh.

Convincing americans that aged sushi is actually the way to how to get rid of small acne scars go (and that a $300 omakase menu by these highly-specialized chefs is worth it) has been a bit of an uphill battle. Chef saito finds that most of his customers have been how to get rid of small acne scars to japan and eaten edomae sushi there (he estimates about 60 percent of tokyo’s sushi restaurants serve edomae sushi). But chef naruke says that because edomae sushi doesn’t actually look any different than regular sushi—although the preparation is not the same—his customers don’t seem to mind, especially once they taste the fish.

Chef kaze chan of sushi-san in chicago has taken a different tactic to make how to get rid of small acne scars americans comfortable with trying aged sushi. He’s broadened the definition of edomae so much so that how to get rid of small acne scars he applies it to non-traditional sushi ingredients like tomato and pork. “we use the traditional methods and techniques of edomae to how to get rid of small acne scars inspire all of our creations, including applying it to fish, vegetables, meats, and more,” he says. For example, in his melted tomato nigiri, chef chan brushes segments of a mighty vine tomato with how to get rid of small acne scars miso soy and sprinkles it with upethi salt, a high-quality balinese sea salt. Then he sets it above the robata grill for about how to get rid of small acne scars two hours to approximate a texture similar to curing, before draping it over seasoned sushi rice.

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