Here at SushiSushi, we pride ourselves on the world-beating sushi ingredients we supply to our customers. However, we’re not the only members of the sushi community who are world beaters. The Guinness Book of World Records holds more than 40,000 record breaking attempts in every category you can think of, and that includes the wonderful world of sushi.
These are some of our favourites
Constructed by the Tamana Otawara Festival Executive Committee (a group of almost 400 people) in their local athletic centre, the longest sushi roll in the world is reported to have contained sesame and daikon. Completed on 20th November 2016, it measured an impressive 2,845m in length (or nearly two miles).
Comprising rice, fish, vegetables, and seaweed, sushi is usually an economic dish to prepare and serve, unless you’re Angelito Araneta Jr, an enterprising sushi chef from the Philippines. On 28th June 2010, he served up 5 pieces of nigiri, scattered with gold leaf and diamonds for the princely sum of 91,800 Philippino Pesos (approximately £1,313.88).
Norimaki is the name given to the traditional Japanese sushi roll. Comprising rice, fish, and other ingredients, these delicious treats are wrapped tightly in nori using a bamboo rolling mat. Making them is a precise art, requiring a good deal of skill. On 25th November 2001, Joakim Lunblad of Stockholm, Sweden set the world record for making norimaki at speed by producing 12 in two minutes.
Bluefin tuna is a staple ingredient in much Japanese sushi and quality fish naturally sells for a premium price. This was certainly the case in January 2013, when a 222kg (nearly 500lbs) bluefin tuna sold at Tsukiji fish market for $1.76 million. That works out at around $800kg per pound, which is about eight times the going rate for pure silver.
Nigiri is a delicious type of sushi and it’s understandable that somebody would want to keep eating it. Tim Janus of San Francisco (known by the nickname of Eater X) may have taken it too far, polishing off 141 pieces of nigiri within the six-minute time limit on 11th April 2008. This wasn’t even his first record, as he also held the record for eating ramen noodles with chopsticks, which he set in October 2007 (it was 4.76kg, if you’re interested!)
Japanese rice balls (or onigiri) are another form of sushi that are very more-ish. The record for eating them falls to Takeru Kobayashi of Japan, who completed the feat on a Japanese TV show, ‘Food Battle Club’. He consumed 150 onigiri (about 9kg in weight) in the space of half an hour. Like Tim Janus, named above, Kobayashi had form in competitive eating, holding the record for the amount of soba noodles eaten in 12 minutes – a stomach-stretching 9.66kg.
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