That Time I ate Moving Sushi

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Moving sushi exists. I hadn’t known this until a recent dinner at Roka Akor. Shelley and I were invited to a fabulous dinner with Mitsubishi while they were in town for the Chicago Auto Show. We were treated to a fine dining experience with excellent company.

I ate Moving Sushi


A video posted by jennifer soltys (@jensoltys) on

The timing of this event was especially fitting since I was reviewing the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander. We drove it to the city and were able to give the navigation system a good test on the way.

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander

My lack of culture and experience with food becomes apparent at fine establishments such as Roka Akor. During the first of the seven meal courses, I knew my taste buds were soon to be tested. I sat next to Alex Fedorak, the PR Manager for the Mitsubishi Corporate Headquarters. Alex has an extremely cultural palate and knows a lot about sushi and good food in general. He chose the menu and coached me through all of the items. He taught me how to use chopsticks, and the proper way to eat everything.



I have always known that I need to be braver with trying new foods because, guess what? I loved every single thing that I tried. Each delectable morsel was a flavor explosion. I have a new appreciation for small portions, too. Instead of receiving a huge plate of a few foods, we got to enjoy courses and courses of unique bites. Trust me when I say this doesn’t cause you to leave hungry. They brought refills and extras, and we left there stuffed to the max.


That Food is MOVING!

Okay, Shelley here now… Since I happen to be taking a class titled Cultural Foods, I’d like to share some interesting tidbits of what I’ve learned and share my side of this fantastic night.

This doesn’t quite qualify as moving sushi since this dish does not contain rice, but Jen’s calling it sushi, so we’ll just let that slide. This is actually Brussel sprouts with Bonito flakes–also known as Katsuobushi. It is super finely sliced pieces of fish (skipjack tuna) that are so thin, when they’re placed on the hot vegetables, the heat rising makes them move. This moving or dancing act actually lasts for about 15 minutes!

I wish I would have been able to capture Jen’s face when they put this dish on the table. It was priceless. Alex chuckled and said “I promise, it’s NOT alive.”

Overall, I was beyond impressed with the food and Jen’s bravery. She tried everything! Even the sashimi–which is pieces of raw fish. And I tried eating a sesame leaf for the first time thanks to Alex. I was so surprised by the taste. It was like a refreshing minty/cinnamon/basil flavor. If  you ever get the chance to try one, do it!

Sushi Dinner in Chicago at Roka Akor

Huge thanks to Mitsubishi for the fantastic evening! Stay tuned for my review of the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander, and highlights from the Chicago Auto Show.

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  1. I watched the video and my first thought was ummmm what the heck? But then I read more and found out. That is pretty neat! I’d try it!

  2. David Fultner says:

    UKK I just can not do it. Yes I tried.

  3. Barbara Montag says:

    From the video I know I wouldn’t try it.
    But I’m not a sushi lover to begin with.

  4. I’m game to try just about any food. Looks like a great dinner.

  5. ellen beck says:

    I jus tried sushi about a year ago. As expecteed, I loved it because I love any seaffod and honestly will eat almost anything. You had me a bit freaked out when you said moving, that I might balk at until it stops moving anf I wouldnt be able to eat it while it was!

  6. It sounds like you had a great time and the food sounds delicious, I would love to try the Katsuobushi. Thank you for sharing this post.

  7. Julie Wood says:

    I would not eat this moving sushi even though it is not really raw fish. I do not like raw beef either! I guess I am a baby!

  8. Sandy Cain says:

    I love sushi, and all Japanese food. I once ate something called “Dancing Shrimp”. (It was called dancing because it was still alive). Don’t think I’d do it again, though!!!!!!!

  9. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I don’t eat seafood at all, so I definitely couldn’t do it. What a unique experience, though 🙂

  10. nicole dz says:

    I can eat raw shrimp just fine, and that is it, but I can only eat a few, but this is kinda of creepy, it looks like a great experience to try, but I am unsure if I could eat any of it.

  11. It sounds like you had a great time. I watched the video, and I have to say. You are FAR more daring than I am. I could not have eaten that!

  12. Amy Desrosiers says:

    When I saw the video of this at first, I can’t deny that it looked like an alien at first. It was most certainly the coolest things ever though was I learned what it was! I think I’d be up to try it too!

  13. Melissa Pezza says:

    Nope. Nope. Nope. The rest of it looks good, but there’s no way I’d eat floating fish.

  14. Gabriel Bregg says:

    I’ve never been a big sushi fan, but the cool factor on moving food might make me have to try this, just because it would be so fun.

  15. Ha, ha, ha… I can’t believe you did it. I am not sure I would have been able to. HA! Thank you so much for sharing with us. Sounds like you had a great time

  16. My husband would love that moving sushi. He loves to try new things, plus he is addicted to sushi – I swear that he could eat it for every meal.

  17. Dawn McAlexander says:

    My daughter really loves sushi. I will have to ask her if she has ever tried this kind before.

  18. Krista Blackburn says:

    I have never heard of such a thing! Lol! I think that would have freaked me out a little.

  19. Jenny Temcio says:

    What an interesting meal. I like Brussels Sprouts, so I would have to try it.

  20. I love seafood but just can’t do sushi. I did not know there was such a thing as moving sushi!

  21. Honestly, I love sushi and am a huge fan. I am so excited for you to finally have had the opportunity to experience for yourself!

  22. That was moving a lot more than I thought it would! I’ve never heard of the dish before this!

  23. Tammi @ My Organized Chaos says:

    Oh my gosh, you are braver than I, I’d never try that! I’m not for ‘raw’ though, I can’t even handle sushi!

  24. Aimee Smith says:

    What a fun chance to try something you normally wouldn’t! Everything looks so yummy!

  25. Tammilee Tips says:

    Good for both of you that tried so much new food. Sounds like a fun night.

  26. Mama to 5 BLessings says:

    I would love to explore the different options with sushi. I have only had California rolls.

  27. Nope, nope, nope. I tried seared tuna once and that was even too much for me. I can’t do the texture.

  28. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I have never tried Sushi before. This food looks delicious. It makes me want to go and try it.

  29. I am a pretty adventurous eater, but seafood makes me less adventurous!

  30. I am not sure if I would eat that. I bet my son would though.

  31. I’d eat any of it. I’ve very adventurous when it comes to trying new foods. I like that you got: Instead of receiving a huge plate of a few foods, we got to enjoy courses and courses of unique bites.

  32. I probably wouldn’t eat it, but I know my husband would! I tend to be a little tentative about trying new foods.

  33. Just the title made me laugh: Moving Sushi. Never knew it existed.

  34. Tamra Phelps says:

    Nope. No way. There is not enough money in the World to get me to even try sushi. It just kind of turns me off, lol.

  35. katklaw777 says:

    That is sooooooooooooo cool…my daughter lives in Chicago, have to tell her to visit this restaurant.

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