Starchild: These Malaysian children love sushi in all shapes and sizes


Debria Preethi Jeyarajah, 10

Did you know International Sushi Day is celebrated on June 18? It is a special day to pay tribute to this delicious Japanese delicacy.

Sticky rice is used to make sushi. It is topped with a variety of tasty ingredients that includes raw fish, crab, egg, vegetables and seaweed.

World Sushi Day is also a day to encourage people to eat more sushi. If you’re not a fan of raw fish, you could try makizushi rolls, (sushi rolls with fillings) like the California roll and rainbow roll? How about temaki sushi? It is a cone-shaped sushi made of seaweed-wrapped rice with fillings?

Here’s what Starchild readers had to say on the topic, Sushi.

Debria Preethi Jeyarajah, 10, loves sushi because it is nutritious and contains Vitamin B. “I was first introduced to sushi when I was eight years old. I like nigiri sushi because it is served with a piece of fresh fish, usually salmon on top of an oblong shaped piece of seasoned rice and served with some sweet sauce. I also enjoy maki sushi, which is a rolled sushi with seaweed on the outside and rice and fillings on the inside.”

Jodie Tan Li Juen, 12Jodie Tan Li Juen, 12

Jodie Tan Li Juen, 12, enjoys sushi that contains seafood. “Soft shell crab sushi is my prime choice. It is appetising and crunchy. Seaweed, which is used to wrap sushi, is rich in iodine and an important source of Omega-3. Rice is high in carbohydrates. Seafood contains protein. Sushi is good for your health.”

Jayden Tan Li Sheng, 8Jayden Tan Li Sheng, 8

Jayden Tan Li Sheng, eight, likes all types of sushi, especially ebiko and ebi. “It is delicious, rich in vitamins and minerals. I use chopsticks and dipping soy sauce to eat these little cute treats. Sushi is made of rice so it will always fill up my tummy. Yummy.”

Erin Sonia Colin, 12Erin Sonia Colin, 12

Erin Sonia Colin, 12, likes ebiko sushi too. “Ebiko is shrimp roe. Shrimp roe is crunchy and refreshing. Ebiko tastes delicious when combined with seaweed and Japanese rice, as sushi.”

Alisha Anand, 12Alisha Anand, 12

Alisha Anand, 12, writes: “Japanese food is one of my favorite meals because it’s healthy, tasty and fresh. While there are many types of sushi, I prefer non-fish and vegetarian types like avocado cucumber sushi, tofu-based inari sushi and tamago nigiri, which is made from eggs.”

Adelyn Hui-Ling Yeo, 6Adelyn Hui-Ling Yeo, 6

“My favourite sushi is with seaweed, garden vegetables with fancy toppings,” says Adelyn Hui-Ling Yeo, six. – Compiled by Sheela Chandran

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E-mail your contributions to lifestyle@thestar.com.my by June 25.

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