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You certainly know the famous Russian roulette. A few weeks I tried this on sushi version. A spicy evening that I will always remember. Story!
I was accompanied by some of my friends, we went to an Izakaya in Shibuya. Particularity of this place? They serve frog legs and the atmosphere is very original.
When placing our order, my eyes stopped on a strange section of the menu. It says: “Russian roulette sushi.” I decided to read the content of this insert. I quickly realized that you can order salmon sushi, on the quantity desired, and one of them is filled with wasabi, an extravagant amount. So I proposed to my acolytes to launch this game very interesting.
Russian roulette sushi: rules of the game
At the table we are 6 people:
Nozomi (sister in law of Ken)
Takuya (a friend of Ken)
The game principle is very simple: we order six salmon sushi and one has a large dose of wasabi. The person who eats the sushi, on top of suffering, finds himself out of the game. Then follows another round with the remaining 5 participants and so on until there is no more than 2 participants for duel : face-to-face.
Russian roulette sushi : the game
The first sushi arrived at our table, the game could begin. We decided to eat our tasty, but frightening, small piece of food at the same time to keep the suspense on the holder of sushi with wasabi. Needless to say, we can not see which sushi is “poisoned.”
-1st round: I was trapped with the bad sushi and this was the beginning of suffering. Not knowing what to do, I tried to eat it by small pieces. But it turned out to be a bad decision. After several minutes of pain and fun I find myself removed from the game.
When Ken saw the effect of wasabi, he decides to leave the game.
- 2nd round: this time it is Kenichi who was trapped. He suffered martyrdom and decided to hide his pain behind a paper towel. After a few minutes everything was finished for him too.
- 3rd round: Nozomi was left with the bad sushi. And here is the big surprise. She swallows as if nothing had happened. We, after that, learned that she is a regular wasabi, in large quantities, eater.
- Fourth and final round: there were only Takuya and Sean on the list for the title of honorary champion. The challenge was launched and only one of two will have a chance to eat 4 sushi without having to suffer. I suggest you see the results for yourself on video. Takuya is wearing a green t-shirt and Sean a black t-shirt.
Wasabi: A special feeling
What is the feeling when you eat a large amount of wasabi? Being accustomed to eating very spicy food (I’m a big fan of the Tunisian harissa and highly spiced dishes) I admit that I was very surprised by the wasabi.
Unlike spicy food, wasabi does not sting the tongue, but infiltrates the nose and makes breathing more difficult. Clearly, with every breath you feel the wasabi up your nose and make you suffer.
So what to do in this case or in a game of Russian roulette sushi version? Well, just try to eat without opening your mouth and swallow quickly. Unlike spicy foods, the unpleasant sensation of wasabi disappears once the food is swallowed.
Oh, and last tip, never drink especially at the same time you have a large amount of wasabi in your mouth. I tried it and the result was not pleasant at all.
Otherwise, would you liketo try this kind of unique experience?
On that note, I wish you a good appetite and highly recommend this fun game between friends.
If you’re in Tokyo, you can go to this Izakaya where I could enjoy this game:
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