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Downtown Brooklyn sushi emporium specializes in hand rolls

July 30, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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While sushi is considered a delicacy today, the sushi hand rolls at Daigo Hand Roll Bar in the DeKalb Market Hall in Downtown Brooklyn hearken back to the days when sushi was first offered as a snack in the roadside stalls of Edo (today’s Tokyo), Japan in the early 19th century. Every hand roll offered is less than $10, according to The New York Times.

The difference between a typical sushi roll (formerly called a maki roll) and a hand roll is basically shape and size. A maki roll is cylindrical and is then cut up to be shared among several people, while a hand roll is made in a cone and designed for one person. The specialty at Daigo is temaki, seafood rolled inside rice and nori, or dried seaweed, laced with rice vinegar, a kelp-and-bonito stock, sugar and salt.

“All of this would mean nothing if the fish weren’t fresh,” the Times said. “The chef, Masanobu Ishikura, known as Ishi, is vigilant about seafood, and reserved and judicious in his adornments.” The Times also praised Daigo’s mackerel, which has a “light, clean scent,” as well as its shrimp, scallops, octopus and other dishes. Daigo opened last summer and is located at 445 Albee Square West.

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