International Sushi Day
Yesterday was International Sushi Day – what better way to celebrate it than by creating the world’s largest sushi roll at sea? Culinary Council Member Andy Matsuda was onboard Holland America Line’s MS Koningsdam as it was en route to Norway on a special Food & Beverage Aficionda cruise.
Dubbed the “World Mega Roll” the gastronomic creation measured 49 feet long (15 metres) before being rolled, 3.3 feet (100 centimetres) wide and used 70 pounds of sushi rice.
The Largest Sushi Roll at Sea was prepared around MS Koningsdam’s Lido Pool so guests could join in the festivities and watch as Matsuda assembled the culinary feat. Once delicately rolled, Matsuda cut the large roll in half so guests could view the swirled ingredients that included rice, tuna, shrimp, crab, tamago (Japanese omelette), tobiko (flying fish roe), cucumber, red onion and radish.
“Having Andy on board MS Koningsdam in June made it the perfect time to show off his sushi skills and create the Largest Sushi Roll at Sea in honour of International Sushi Day,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “As the only cruise line with seven Culinary Council members advising our culinary offering, it’s exciting to be able to tap specific expertise like the exceptional skills of Andy to wow our guests with such a fun, unique and memorable experience.”
Since 2016 Matsuda has been sharing his knowledge with and training Holland America Line’s shipboard chefs to ensure that the cruise line’s staff is at the forefront of sushi trends and techniques. Guests can indulge in Matsuda’s signature rolls at Tamarind — the award-winning Asian-fusion restaurant on board several Holland America Line ships — and at Tamarind’s sushi counter on MS Koningsdam. To further enhance the sushi experience, MS Nieuw Statendam — Holland America Line’s newbuild due for delivery in December 2018 — will boast a separate sushi bar called Nami Sushi that will feature more rolls created exclusively by Matsuda.
Holland America Line’s Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruises showcase the talents of the seven members of its Culinary Council, Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff, and the premium line’s wine curator and winemaker partners.
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