The Tiger Roll is one of my all-time favorite sushi roll creations. It blends spicy tuna with eel, shrimp, avocado and, of course, eel sauce. The spicy tuna provides a hefty amount of kick, and the eel, which is a rather gamey fish, counterbalances it with an excellent blend of savoriness and saltiness. This combination is a match made in whichever version of heaven these underwater creatures might believe in. The shrimp also pairs excellently with the eel in both flavor and texture. But let’s be honest, shrimp is a welcome addition in just about any dish.
That said, my favorite part of the Tiger Roll just might be that delicious eel sauce. Don’t let the name fool you, eel sauce is named for how well it goes with eel, it’s not actually made from eel. It’s actually made by blending soy sauce with sugar and mirin, a Japanese sweet wine. It’s high time I made my own, or purchased some, so I can begin drizzling it on just about everything I eat.