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Video Shows Magical Place Where Sushi and Mexican Food Coexist

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | September 01, 2015

Video Shows Magical Place Where Sushi and Mexican Food Coexist

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A Los Angeles area restaurant is currently delving into the delicious dark arts of culinary crossovers, making great sushi out of Mexican food. Or is it the other way around?

That’s a very real question you might ponder when entering one of the Culichi Town locations.

Vice’s Munchies (h/t Digg) profiled the restaurant in Bell Gardens, which takes some of the finer intricacies of Mexican food and crams them into your mouth with a mode of delivery better known as sushi.

It’s wacky, peculiar, inventive and delicious—at least judging from the gleeful and satiated faces in this following video.

It seems the marriage of Japanese and Mexican food cultures is going to be a long lasting one:

Munchies explains: “Mexican sushi might sound like a made-up term, but we can assure you that it's a real cuisine coming out of East LA (with origins in the Sinaloa region of Mexico). We visit Culichi Town in Bell Gardens, a restaurant considered the leader and originator of Mexican sushi, to see what they are all about. From deep fried crab and shrimp rolls to a live Norteño band to covering almost everything in cream cheese, this is definitely not your typical sushi restaurant by any means.”

Now we absolutely love the anecdote in the video of a possible origin of this cuisine, created out of one weary eater who wanted to merely have something new.

The local taco cart obliged by supplying the meat for a sushi avenue not previously navigated by chefs.

You can visit the restaurant’s website, which boasts three other locations where sushi and typical Mexican ingredients live together on one harmonious plate.

If you don’t like sushi roll gut bombs there is always hot food or mariscos (or seafood). And judging by the packed house, the locals aren’t exactly hiding this innovative dining experience.  

We never would have thought of mixing these two cuisines and are still apprehensive of diving into the deep end of a gluttonous mound of rolls.

But we are intrigued beyond measure. And at the very least, we may have found the perfect example of true international diplomacy.          

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