Monday, August 6, 2007

Sushi: The New Kiddie Lunch Craze

KAPALUA, Hawaii (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It sounds fishy but sushi could be the new trend in kiddie lunches.

That’s the observation of restauranteur D.K. Kodama, who runs the Sansei restaurant chain in Hawaii.

Kodama believes that kids might soon be trading California rolls for shrimp tempura at the lunch table instead of sandwiches.

Says Kodama: “I wouldn’t be surprised if sushi popped up on school lunch menus. It’s a great idea!”

Though most kids freak out at the thought of raw fish, Kodama says only 50 percent of sushi is uncooked, leaving many kid- friendly alternatives, like cooked eel.

He also says it’s beneficial to introduce sushi to kids early on.

As he puts it, “Parents need to wean kids on sushi so they can acquire a taste for it.”

And pretty soon some super sushi chefs might be rolling out lunch in cafeterias.

Says Kodama: “My kids make their own hand rolls and they’re really good at it. It would be fun if they had their own sushi bar at school. They could sell rolls for 25 cents each!”

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