the sushi class I attended a few weeks ago
, I knew I wanted to have the ingredients on hand to roll my own sushi. I decided to pay a visit to Jay's International Food Company
on South Grand to check out what it had to offer. Since rice is stacked in giant bags in the window, I figured I'd find what I need and probably more, too.
There are several reason to forgo your grocery store's (probably limited) international foods section and hit up Jay's. One, it's undoubtedly cheaper. Trust me on this. Two, you can find all sorts of food items you never knew existed. Three, Jay's is a fascinating place perfectly situated on South Grand, full of character and characters. Four, I'm a big fan of the unintentional comedy provided by foreign foods as typified by the infamous British spotted dick.
Some things are just lost in translation and I feel as though those things are a gift from God meant to share with others.
For example: cock-flavored soup mix. Never not funny. This is a joke that keeps on giving.
Boy Scout-brand shrimp paste? Yes, that is a logical pairing.