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Cured Mackerel Sushi

Kyoto Cured Mackerel Sushi

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The cured mackerel sushi is a Kyoto specialty that has utilized an economical fish into making an excellent sushi. Although Kyoto was highly regarded for it's cuisine, it is an inland city and had no access to fresh ocean fish in the old days. Unlike Osaka's box sushi version of cured mackerel sushi, it is formed into an oval shaped stick and then topped with vinegared kelp. They are sliced into individual pieces. The Kyoto style cured mackerel sushi is also called a bo-sushi (bozushi), or a "stick sushi" while the Osaka version is called a hako-sushi (hakozushi) or boxed sushi.