Local chef specializes in micro-scale sushi

Ever wondered just how many pieces of sushi can you fit into your mouth? Not that we’re daring you to try and find out, but one sushi chef’s micro-mini version of the world’s favorite Japanese delicacy begs the question.

Chef Hironori Ikeno’s creations are not for heavy eaters, or fans of conveyor belt sushi restaurants—he makes pieces of sushi from a single grain of rice that weigh less than a gram each.

But don’t be fooled by their diminutive size. Ikeno assures that the sushi’s taste is not compromised.

“The white-flesh fish had grated Japanese radish and chili which gave it that spicy kick. Each grain of rice actually had quite a distinct taste,” said Hisako Okamoto, a regular of Ikeno’s restaurant in Tokyo, Nohachi.

Ikeno said the idea first came to him 13 years ago. “I actually started the whole thing from a joke with a customer whom I served a minuscule sushi to and I started to wonder how tiny could I make it,” Ikeno told Reuters.

Compared to a plate of seven pieces of their full sized counterparts, which take one minute to create, the Lilliputian sushi takes five minutes to put together.

He usually makes the petite fare for children, couples and foreigners to enjoy.

It’s customary to eat sushi in one bite, so make sure to savor the flavor of chef Ikeno’s teeny tiny sushi when you try them. And, if you have a bigger appetite, why not try Nagoya’s super-sized sushi?

By Maesie Bertumen

Image: PetitPlat—Stephanie Kilgast/Flickr

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