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Sushi Prepared on a Printer 306

Ant writes " The New York Times talks about Homaro Cantu's maki, it looks a lot like the sushi rolls served at other upscale restaurants: pristine, coin-size disks stuffed with lumps of fresh crab and rice and wrapped in shiny nori. They also taste like sushi, deliciously fishy and seaweedy. But the sushi made by Mr. Cantu, the 28-year-old executive chef at Moto in Chicago, often contains no fish. It is prepared on a Canon i560 inkjet printer rather than a cutting board. He prints images of maki on pieces of edible paper made of soybeans and cornstarch, using organic, food-based inks of his own concoction. Then, Homaro flavors the back of the paper, which is ordinarily used to put images onto birthday cakes, with powdered soy and seaweed seasonings."
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  • Mmm (Score:4, Funny)

    by ikkonoishi ( 674762 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:02AM (#11561042) Journal
    Try the soylent green. Its delicious.
  • In Soviet Russia, the sushi prints...


    I'm on a diet, you insensitive...



    *sigh* ... I got nothin'...

  • But where? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Fr05t ( 69968 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:04AM (#11561053)
    But where is the eatable electronic ink paper! Ohh I need to go print a TPS report then feed it to my boss - bbl.
    • hehe (Score:3, Funny)

      by essreenim ( 647659 )
      prints images of maki on pieces of edible paper made of soybeans and cornstarch, using organic, food-based inks of his own concoction.

      Yeah, all obes people should be forced to eat their words!

  • Sushi Fishy. (Score:5, Informative)

    by shic ( 309152 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:05AM (#11561062)
    I was informed a while ago (to my surprise) that Sushi doesn't necessarily contain fish. I now understand that Sushi relates to the seasoning of rice and the style of presentation - typically with Nori (seaweed).

    [Tell me if I'm wrong and you're the CEO of Sony or similar!]
    • Re:Sushi Fishy. (Score:2, Informative)

      by lisaparratt ( 752068 )
      Indeed - sashimi is raw fish, often served with sushi.
    • Re:Sushi Fishy. (Score:5, Informative)

      by mrjb ( 547783 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:13AM (#11561127)
      The word Sushi, to my understanding, is derived from the words su (vinegar) and meshi (rice).

      The birth of sushi as we know it, was to use this vinegar rice to wrap fish in it, to conserve the fish, sometimes for months!
      • Re:Sushi Fishy. (Score:5, Interesting)

        by ari_j ( 90255 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:17AM (#11561152)
        Contrast with Surstromming [], which is fish allowed to ferment in the can to preserve itself. Thank you, Sweden, for one-upping Norway. Lutefisk [] wasn't disgusting enough.
        • Re:Sushi Fishy. (Score:3, Insightful)

          by wintaki ( 848851 )
          Lutefisk is actually pretty good. I never liked it the first few years I lived in Norway, but now I look forward to it. It also depends where I get it - Stortorvet Gjestiveri is good I think, but other places I've had tried didn't taste as good. Of course, you need enough of the bacon fat poured on top to make it taste good :-)
        • Re:Sushi Fishy. (Score:2, Interesting)

          by sarahemm ( 707486 )
          Don't forget hakarl [], shark meat that's been buried in the sand for six months...
        • It's not a fair to compare lutefisk with surstrømming. That's a fixed race.

          Rakfisk [] is worse than lutefisk, I think. Surstrømming might still win as the most disgusting dish, but at least it's a bit of a match.
        • Contrast with Surstromming, which is fish allowed to ferment in the can to preserve itself.
          Isn't using fermentation to preserve like using blood thinners to stop bleading?
        • I just don't think I could do lutefisk []...
      • The word Sushi, to my understanding, is derived from the words su (vinegar) and meshi (rice).

        My hot Japanese girlfriend says you are wrong.

        This is the kanji for sushi: here []
        • I call bs. You are posting on /. hence you can't have a girlfriend let alone a hot asian one.

          Next you are going to say she likes watching Anime and playing on the PS2. :-P
          • by Johnny5000 ( 451029 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @11:02AM (#11562082) Homepage Journal
            You are posting on /. hence you can't have a girlfriend let alone a hot asian one.

            I think by 'hot japanese girlfriend' he meant his computer. Maybe it's overclocked?
          • I call bs. You are posting on /. hence you can't have a girlfriend let alone a hot asian one.

            I'll do him one better - I've got a hot Asian (actually Japanese) wife!

            But he is actually right - sushi neither refers to the rice nor directly to the fish. It's a method of preserving food. Specifically, it originally was a method of preserving fish - hence it generally being served with fish today (though not always). But it is not really correct to say that sushi does not refer to the fish - without fish,
          • I don't consider this asian girl i am seeing my girlfriend - but she sleeps with me, and she is hot - so I might have a better deal then the above guy with a "hot asian girlfriend"
    • Re:Sushi Fishy. (Score:3, Informative)

      by JanneM ( 7445 )
      Yep, sushi is cold rice flavoured with vinegar and sugar. This food can be used in various ways, and rolls are just one variation.

      More common at home is to make "shirashizushi" - basically a large bowl with the rice and a bunch of different toppings spread out on top. Another variation is to have rice and toppings in bowls, then take a piece of nori (pressed seaweed) and add some sushi and whatever toppings you like, then roll up and eat - sort of the same way you make tacos.

      But yes, as it happens, sashim
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:05AM (#11561063)
    It tastes like toner.
  • Thanks (Score:5, Funny)

    by Troll'N ( 809458 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:06AM (#11561074)
    Domo Arigato Mr.Homaro
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:07AM (#11561078)
    Sushi doesn't taste fishy - or at least good sushi doesn't.
    • erm... the fish ones do. They better do, or I'd send them back.....
      • by bloggins02 ( 468782 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:33AM (#11561242)
        No, really, they shouldn't. Even the fish ones. The "fishy" taste parent is talking about is the same taste you get when you reheat 3 day old catfish. Most people (at least where I live) think that's what fish is supposed to taste like.

        It isn't

        Seriously, next time you're in a port town, try some fresh Sashimi, I guarantee it won't taste like "fish" at all - or at least it won't taste like what most people seem to think fish tastes like (that is to say, f'in nasty).
        • So your saying raw fish doesn't taste like fish? Does it taste like chicken? How about steak?

          No seriously even catfish doesn't taste 'fishy' other than texture when it's fresh. By fresh I mean Catch fish on shore line, gut, clean, prep, and cook over open fire within 5 minutes of catching.(cook longer than 5 minutes)

          Some of the best fish i have ever had, never made it to a fridge.
    • The sushi I've had (the good stuff) always tastes like good fish to me. And our chef (once a year private party) brings the fish in fresh from the dock. Nothing like good fresh grouper and tuna.

      Now, if you mean that good sushi shouldn't taste like canned cat food, well, then, yes. Sushi should taste like fish. At least the sashimi.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:08AM (#11561082)
    Does he also print the nutritional information on the back as well?

  • How many sheets of paper would you have to eat to constitute your 100%DV of fiber I wonder? MMmmmm...paper, D'oh!
  • Tesco Sushi (Score:4, Funny)

    by Vollernurd ( 232458 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:10AM (#11561097)
    Holy crap! I knew that they made it out of old paper. Tesco (UK's WalMart) make everything taste of paper. Now I know.
  • I live in chicago (Score:5, Informative)

    by squarefish ( 561836 ) * on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:13AM (#11561122)
    and although the place sounds interesting, it's way too outside the budget I need for a feeding.

    here's an review I found that sums it up: []
    [ ]For the past decade restaurants have gone to great lengths--showy food, exposed kitchens, gimmicky menus--to add drama to their dining rooms. But when the theatrics overshadow the food, a restaurant and its diners are in trouble. At Market District newcomer MOTO, the show starts with waitstaff dressed in black lab coats, continues with aromatherapeutic flatware threaded with sprigs of fresh herbs (listed as a course on the menu!), and hits a peak when servers approach the table with six-inch syringes to inject a single rice ball with sweet-and-sour sauce. And if you think Charlie Trotter's servings are small, wait till you see what chef Homaro Cantu calls a salad: a teaspoon of tiny spinach gelatin cubes and another of frisee. A bite-size portion of scallops came sitting atop a plastic box (constructed by Cantu himself), where a small but tasty filet of black bass was steaming in "Pacific Oceanic products" (water FedExed in from the Pacific). If the minuscule portions of white-truffle ice-cream spaghetti and smoked-watermelon soup tasted good I'd be more forgiving, but they didn't. It goes on like this through the 13th course--you'll wish you'd opted for the five- or seven-course meal or, evenbetter, that you'd gone next door to Folia instead. Moto is at 945 W. Fulton, 312-491-0058.
    • Re:I live in chicago (Score:2, Interesting)

      by d_jab ( 174330 )
      That review does not sum it up. The reviewer obviously didn't like it and based on his comments, I would not consider him to be a reliable resource in the world of high-end dining. High-end dining is not about portions, its about flavors and experiences. I've been to MOTO and it was incredible. My wife and I had the ten-course meal with the wine progression. It was perfect. The wine selection complimented the courses exquisitely. The presentation was flawless. The service was impeccable. It was one
    • Gosh I go to a resturant to - uh - eat.

      Perhaps after eating 13 courses of tiny ammounts of food I might be "full"... nope.

      Sure it tastes good (subjective) but if I pay $100.00 I don't want to need to eat again till at least the next regular meal time.

      Sheeh I'll take McDonalds!
    • by hey! ( 33014 )
      At Market District newcomer MOTO, the show starts with waitstaff dressed in black lab [] coats, ...

      Dude, somebody call PETA quick!
  • Only use genuine Canon consumables in this printer. The use of third party soy or fish-based pigments may lead to a poor eating experience, flatulence, bad breath, spots, sore tongue, cravings, stomach cramps and gastric upset for which Canon will not be responsible.
  • by whoda ( 569082 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:14AM (#11561136) Homepage
    How can the guy call it sushi when it has no sushi-rice?
    It's made from soybeans.

    It's like saying a tofu steak is a prime cut of filet mignon because you colored it and added some flavoring.
  • 3rd world (Score:5, Funny)

    by JFMulder ( 59706 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:15AM (#11561142)
    Great, so now we can actually fax them food.
  • by DrTrogg ( 586983 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:16AM (#11561150)
    Let's see - vast drone-like armies of workers ... corporate marauders ... increased terrorism ... now pictures of food instead of food. If DeNiro shows up to fix my toilet I'm moving to Canada.

    Anyone sharing a desk with their neighbor in the next cube yet?
  • by defishguy ( 649645 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:23AM (#11561187) Journal
    If it were an HP printer when the seaweed part of the cartridge expired youd have to replace the WHOLE cartridge and it would cost $5000 dollars, and expire when there is still 15% sushi left!
  • by Wylfing ( 144940 ) <brian.wylfing@net> on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:24AM (#11561194) Homepage Journal
    This guy should so obviously go to jail. I mean, you can't tell me those printer cartidges are authorized by the printer's manufacturer. This kind of wanton breaking of the DMCA has to stop if we want companies to continue making the high quality printers we've come to expect. Now someone's family at Lexmark is going to go hungry because Mr. Cantu stole their IP.

  • Hmmmm (Score:2, Interesting)

    by dheltzel ( 558802 )
    But is it a naked printer? []
    • I love people with attitudes like that. "It promotes violence against women", "It treats women as objects".

      STFU will ya? Who the fuck are they to tell other women what they can and can't do?
  • by kahei ( 466208 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @09:30AM (#11561227) Homepage

    Look, it's not sushi, if you RTFA you'll see it's a novelty item printed with sushi designs on the outside -- it's not supposed to even look like sushi.

    That apart, the point about Moto's is that it doesn't serve actual food, it serves insanely tiny and bizarre objets d'art in Kubrik-esque surroundings. You don't go there to eat, you go there to witness the most ridiculous restaurant ever, and boy do they deliver! Single strand of spaghetti? You can get that. Silver teaspoon containing tiny dab of meat-flavored ice cream? You can get that (but can't keep the teaspoon). Giant pile of pretention, drenched with arrogance, topped with a fundamental inability to understand cookery and garnished with a four-digit bill? They have that, too -- actually, it's compulsory.

    It's still part of what makes Chicago great, though.

    • >Look, it's not sushi, if you RTFA you'll see it's a novelty item printed with sushi designs on the outside -- it's not supposed to even look like sushi.

      of course not, did you think you could print sushi? i mean, when /. summarizes that "Darl McBride eats shit," do we really mean that (even if we want it to be true)? :P

    • Wonderful! The last reason I'd go to a restaurant is to actually eat something.

      And the only reason I'd go to Chicago is to not eat a nice, big steak.

    • Yes, this certainly is one of those pretentious places with food so expensive and dainty that you're certain that food critics are the only patrons. (Who else has both 5 hours AND 500 dollars to spend on a single meal?) I mean, I love the geeky tech "kitchen science" stuff that chefs are getting into, a major feature of acolytes of Charlie Trotter, including Cantu here-I mean, as the article notes, he also plans to buy a class IV laser to create dishes that are "impossible through conventional means." Tha
    • >>Look, it's not sushi, if you RTFA you'll see it's a novelty item printed with sushi designs on the outside -- it's not supposed to even look like sushi.

      Not true, it's in the shape of maki and has pictures of maki on the paper, and is wrapped around maki. That's how it was served to some friends on tuesday. It's also flavored to taste like sushi.


  • Beam me up, Cantu (Score:2, Interesting)

    by johnmeier1 ( 261752 )
    >The 3-D printer could function as a cooking device, creating silicone molds for pill-sized dishes flavored, say, like watermelon, bacon and eggs or even beef Bourguignon, he said, and he could also make edible molds out of cornstarch.

    Is he trying to create the mythic Replicator from Star Trek?

  • smelly soybean (Score:2, Insightful)

    by stel ( 781591 )
    Leave it to the US to take something thats been perfected over the course of a couple hundred years, and destroy it in the length of an article. I get the whole gimmick thingie, and the fact that you can 'now' eat stuff you normally wouldn't (edible underwear)but whats the friggin point. Sushi is supposed to be simple, quick, fresh, easy and healthy. I just don't see the point in all this???
  • Pr0n (Score:2, Insightful)

    by myom ( 642275 )
    This of course will get its breakthrough (as with VHS, Internet, DVD, P2P) when pornn pics can be printed with flavour.
    • Re:Pr0n (Score:5, Funny)

      by liquidsin ( 398151 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @10:26AM (#11561676) Homepage
      good news: You could actually print a picture of Natalie Portman that tastes like hot grits.

      bad news: someone could slip a pic of the goatse guy into your sandwich when you're not looking.
      • by teg ( 97890 )

        good news: You could actually print a picture of Natalie Portman that tastes like hot grits.

        You could do that now with no printing necesarry, just heat the paper. Grits... ugh.

  • The magazine Popular Science [] has an article this month about how printing technology is starting to get for making everything from microcircuits to houses [].
  • by phlegmofdiscontent ( 459470 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @10:35AM (#11561774)
    but if I'm going to spend 240 bucks on sushi, I damn-well better be eating raw fish, not pictures of raw fish. It's an interesting idea, sure, and some of his inventions may have practical uses, but I highly doubt he's going to be able to levitate food. He'd either need to cool it with liquid nitrogen and put it on a superconducting plate, making it inedible, or he'd need freakin' huge magnets. And as for food disappearing, hell, I can do that easily. It's called "eating".
  • And we wonder why people crash planes into our buildings.
  • So.... Does someone have a torrent link for this? Now all we need is printable beer and we're all set.
  • So, does it mean the time is not far ahead we could order a pizza on the Internet and have it printed right on your deskside printer?

    And, of course, you pay for the receipe and the royalities to Mr. Cantu only. The ingredients will be stocked in the supplies cabinet in your office.

  • Interesting (Score:4, Funny)

    by millwall ( 622730 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @10:51AM (#11561969)
    "We'll be the first restaurant on planet Earth to use a class IV laser to cook food"

    Anyone got a link to the planet that already does this?
  • Opaque box? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by adamfranco ( 600246 ) <adam@adamfranco . c om> on Thursday February 03, 2005 @10:59AM (#11562040) Homepage
    From TFA:
    "The tiny opaque box, about three inches square, is made of a superinsulating polymer. Mr. Cantu heats the box to 350 degrees in an oven and places a raw piece of Pacific sea bass inside it. A server then delivers it to diners, who can watch the fish cook."

    I would have thought that it would have needed to be clear, or at least translucent to see the contents...
  • about a dozen people dined as a group at moto on tuesday evening with a menu prepared especially for them. 18 courses, plus an amuse, plus a special course, plus an edible menu.

    the amuse was cornstarch packing peanuts flavored like buttered popcorn

    the paper maki was on there, as was a spur of the moment "raccoon roadkill" dish made up of leftover raccoon meat one of the diners brought in.

    you really need to see the pictures for some of them.

    moto review + pics []
  • Axiom (Score:3, Insightful)

    by catdevnull ( 531283 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @11:37AM (#11562448)
    Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

    Hey, is that Sushi in your pocket or are you just happy sashimi?
  • by genner ( 694963 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @12:03PM (#11562730)
    When willl they learn that sushi is a art form, not to be duplicated by a machiene.
  • cake icing (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Foobar of Borg ( 690622 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @12:10PM (#11562818)
    Actually, the technology has existed for a few years now to do this with icing on cakes. I was able to put the stanza of a poem on my groom's cake by giving them a pdf file of the poem stanza text and a graphic. They then printed the icing out onto the cake. It was quite neat and did a very good job, though naturally you still neat artistic skill for any of the frilly edges and 3D creations.
    And, before anyone asks, the poem had nothing to do with Nantucket ;-) !
  • Not a bad idea.... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by DeepDarkSky ( 111382 ) on Thursday February 03, 2005 @12:15PM (#11562870)
    for astronaut food. I am not saying taking a printer into space with flavor ink cartridges, mind you, but that the printed papers be shipped with them...

    Though I suppose they could try both, but if the printer malfunctions, they'd starve if they relied on this exclusively.

    But this allows for more efficient storage. With a bit more tweaking with the proper research, with proper packaging which can also reduce the amount of exposed surface, this could be a really great way to provide nutrients for space travel, etc.
  • I'd like some "Nutrition Facts" sheet in^H^H along with that thing... at least with traditional sushi (salmon) I knew it had some protein. I'm not gonna swallow lots of rice and edible paper just to get fat.
  • Years ago (early 90's) there was a show called Beyond 2000 which would feature new and innovative gadgets. One of them was this paper (looked like saran wrap) that would be flavored like some food and you could eat it. It would have all the nutrients you needed....though sorry - i can't see myself getting full on this and while nutrition is important - people generally eat because they are hungry.
  • 5

    He's one of the members of eGullet.
  • I went to Moto in November for my birthday and I have to say it's not as wacky and people make out to be, but it's also a pretty good restaurant. That last statment assumes you don't have a problem paying the same amount for dinner that you would for a mini iPod. I don't do often but, I'm a foodie and I like a challenge. There are plenty things to not like about Moto most revolves around his attempts a 'new' ways to make food. The 'sushi' well it tastes kind of salty, kind of like seaweed (go figure). If I

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