Dynamite Roll, Shojin Organic & Natural
The following article was written by Keegan Baur.
face it: Eating sushi is fun! You order an exotic dish, and your waiter returns
with a long, clean plate full of maki rolls in a pretty little row. Wielding
your chop sticks, you get to dunk each colorful, bite-size piece of food into
soy sauce before popping it into your mouth and experiencing that wasabi
one-two punch. I mean, really, who doesn't like sushi?
… me. I never liked sushi. As an
omnivore, I disliked it for a superficial reason: the cold, chewy texture of
fish flesh didn't exactly please my palate. As I became vegetarian and finally vegan,
I learned more about the
fishing industry and where "sushi" comes from. Jonathan Safran Foer's book Eating Animals enlightened me as to the appalling amount of "bycatch" that results
from commercial fishing and how many sea creatures are becoming endangered
species as a result. His
words horrified me: "Imagine being served a plate of sushi. But this plate also holds all of
the animals that were killed for your serving of sushi. The plate might have to
be five feet across."
could I reconcile my desire to partake in the "fun" sushi experience,
given my aversion to raw meat, and leave my conscience intact? Easy answer: Choose
vegan fare! Most sushi
restaurants offer a variety of vegetable rolls, edamame, marinated tofu, miso soup, and
salads. (No matter what you order, be sure to ask your server plenty of questions
to verify that your selection doesn't contain any animal byproducts.) Many
restaurants are getting more creative with their vegan offerings, substituting seitan and tempeh for seafood.
outside your comfort zone and try your hand at rolling your own sushi creations
at home! Think it will be too difficult? After watching this how-to video and reading these tips, you'll be on a (sushi-making) roll in no time.
your favorite vegan sushi dish?
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.