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Sushi is Yucky-NOT! 
Mar. 5, 2012 10:08 am 
Updated: Mar. 6, 2012 5:16 pm

Who would ever thought I would ever eat Sushi. Not me!  Raw tuna, salmon, shrimp, crab, and eel- I thought, not my thing. However, I ate Sushi and now I like it! My Family went to a small Japanese restaurant called Mo Mo's West Sushi Bar. I was reluctant to go; however, it was my husband's birthday, so off we went. Needless, to say, I didn't take my camera because I never in my wildest dreams would of thought I would eat any raw fish.

Left Photo Momo's West Sushi Bar, Right Photo-View of the Bar-Both photos by Alfred R.

Yong Kwak Owner

Photo by Kristen M. White

My daughter ordered for us, since we had no clue on what to order.  There was a Sushi Combo, Colorado Rolls Double Crunch Rolls Vegetable Tempura, White Tuna, Eel, Salmon, Shrimp, and Tuna Sushi. 

A salad and miso soup were served first. 

Orange Ginger Salad

Photo by Alfred R.

My plan was to eat the avocado roll and then go home and fill up on the exquisite Black Forest Cake my daughter made, (See my last blog.) I spied a char-broiled chicken rice bowl on the menu. I ordered the rice bowl without the teriyaki sauce.  Lo and behold,  I decided to try the raw tuna and the salmon on the Sushi Combo and surprisingly enough it was delicious.  Sorry, I  wasn't brave enough to try the eel. Now, my family was surprised that I ate any of the sushi because I never order fish when I go to a restaurant. 

Different Dishes from Momo's:

The cucumber avocado roll is very similar to the one at Momo's-just to give you a visual of what I ate. Photo 1 by Alfred R- Salmon and Eel Roll, Photo 2 by Veganwhatnot.wordpress- Cucumber and Avocado Roll Photo 3 by Sweet Magnolia- Dragon Roll



Photo 5 by Julie Doyle-Las Vegas Roll, Photo 6 by Erika Trujillo-Pueblo Roll, Photo 7 by Alfred R-Anenimi Special

 Sushi Combo

Photo by Alfred R.

My Japanese Inspiration Dish

I was so intrigued by the wonderful meal from Momo's,  that I whipped up Lela's Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl.  (I need some deep bowls now!) Since I am allergic to soy, I had to put my thinking cap on to make this dish without soy sauce or teriyaki sauce.  I cruised the AR website and found two recipes that inspired this dish:

Lela's Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl

See above recipe for directions.

I used the sauce from the BBQ Teriyaki Pork Kabobs by Kache which consisted of :

2 cups of low sodium beef broth

2 T. cornstarch

2 T. soy sauce-I used worcestershire sauce

1 T. brown sugar

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes

I used the same vegetables and chicken from the recipe Ginger Chicken Stir Fry from Campbells :

5 medium sized boneless chicken breasts

1/2 teaspoon of poultry seasoning

1/2 teaspoon of ground sage

2 Tablespoons of canola oil 

1 cup broccoli 

1/4 cup shredded carrots

2 Tablespoons of lemon juice

4 green onions chopped

1/4 head of chopped cabbage

3 cups of cooked white rice

There is always a new adventure on the horizon!

Lela's Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl
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Mar. 5, 2012 12:48 pm
looks good, but where is the bowl? a few years ago I went to a Asian store, and seen some Asian bowls and plates so when ever I cook stir fry or any Asian recipes I always use my Asian bowls, It kind of gets me in the Asian food mood. Sue refuses to use chop sticks, but I think it is part of the Experience. I have gotten pretty good at using chopsticks over the past 20+ years since I was first in Korea.
Mar. 5, 2012 1:26 pm
I was the exact same way... never thought I would eat sushi and now I love it! I tend not to ask what is in it and just eat it! This wrks best for me! When I get sushi at my Publix (which is always fresh and good) I go with the crunchy ones or shrimp~since it's now raw! Aren't you glad you tried it? I am!:-)
Mar. 5, 2012 3:34 pm
Hi, King Sparta.I am in desperate need for some deep bowls now that I may consider making some other Japanese or Asian dishes. Now the chopsticks, I am still learning how to use those things!
Mar. 5, 2012 3:37 pm
Hi Shannon. I am glad I tried sushi. It is a whole new experience for me. Thanks for stopping by.
Mar. 6, 2012 4:49 pm
I don't think I will ever try sushi, I did watch someone today eat eel sushi.
Mar. 6, 2012 5:16 pm
Hi King Sparta, never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would eat sushi. It didn't taste like fish sticks thats for sure. LOL.
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
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I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
My cooking triumphs
Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
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My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
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