By Starrla Cray
DELANO, MN Sushi made fresh daily at Coborn’s in Delano?
Yep, that’s right.
“There’s been a lot of excitement,” Delano Coborn’s manager Joe Tipka said.
A variety of the Japanese seafood dishes have been beckoning customers to the store’s deli department since Jan. 10.
“My first time trying sushi was when we opened, and I absolutely just love it,” Tipka said.
From crunchy shrimp rolls to calamari salad, Coborn’s selection is sure to please sushi connoisseurs everywhere.
“The biggest things so far are the spicy rolls and California rolls,” Tipka said. “Both of those are very good.”
The idea to add a fresh sushi bar developed about a year ago.
“We had done it at one of our other locations [Elk River] and it went very well,” Tipka said. “We questioned customers in Delano, and they thought it would be a great addition to the store, and great for Delano.”
Japanese sushi chef Than, who prefers to be called Steve, creates the sushi masterpieces in Delano.
“We’re working with a third party company,” Tipka said. “Steve’s been doing a terrific job. He’s been making some different things here, seeing what’s selling best.”
What is sushi, anyway?
Sushi can be made numerous ways, and is often considered “an edible art form.”
“Everyone thinks it’s raw fish, but that’s not what it’s about,” Tipka said. “There are a lot of different ingredients that go into it.”
Sushi became popular in Japan centuries ago, when raw fish was preserved by storing it between layers of rice, according to Howstuffworks.com. Originally, the rice was not considered food, but the Japanese eventually began eating it along with the fish.
Although rice is still an essential ingredient, modern sushi dishes may or may not contain raw fish such as tuna, salmon, or mackerel.
Crisp seaweed, or nori, is another classic component. A few other possibilities include crabmeat, avocado, cucumber, roe (fresh fish eggs), and mushrooms, to name a few.
An array of seasonings can be utilized, such as soy sauce, wasabi, or shoga.
“Sushi is very healthy for you and low in calories,” Tipka said. “It’s a great option for eating healthy in the new year.”
At a little over $5 per pack, the dish is also good for those eating out on a budget.
“We’re very price competitive,” Tipka said. “You can have it for lunch, and you probably won’t be able to finish all of it. Sushi is very filling.”
Quality of sushi is also high at Coborn’s.
“Two people said it’s the best sushi they’ve ever had,” Tipka said. “Since it’s made on-site daily, it hasn’t been shipped in a truck and sat on a shelf for three or four days. It’s not pre-packaged.”
Sushi chef Steve carefully selects the colors, textures, and flavors that will make an appealing sushi meal.
“It looks very pretty,” Tipka said.
The fresh sushi bar is just one of many ways Coborn’s hopes to enhance the shopping experience for Delano residents and the surrounding communities.
Carryout service, a coffee shop, and new lighting are also planned for 2012.
“It’s one step at a time,” Tipka said.