A Taste of Japan in Pollock Dining Commons

September 17, 2015 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment


The list of foods that I refuse to eat is short, but at the top of that list is sushi. Raw fish, seaweed, and avocado are all things I loathe, so naturally, I tagged along when one of our senior editors asked if I wanted to go get sushi in Pollock Dining Commons. This was for an article he’s working on that will appear in our November/ December issue, plus it was lunch time, so why not join?

It turns out that the food is prepared by a trained sushi chef named Masa Matsui – we’ll have more on him later – with the amount of precision that you’d expect at a high-end Japanese restaurant. He puts together a beautiful plate of food, with two pieces of sushi and a drizzle of sauce on the top. As for the taste, I don’t have any kind of a standard for what sushi should taste like, but this was pretty good. It featured shrimp tempura with avocado and raw tuna wrapped in seaweed and rice, and was coated in tobiko, a small, gelatinous orange ball that I learned are fish eggs. Students get caviar at Penn State, who knew?

The sushi is served at lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so if you’re in town one of those days, definitely make your way over to Pollock and grab a plate.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

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