I saw a Reddit thread asking if other people eat parts of their meal in proportion to one another so that all the food is gone at the same time.
I definitely do this, and it’s usualy fine, but I have a real problem with sushi/maki. If I’m eating multiple rolls, I always need to come up with a sequence to eat them in that’s as well-distributed as possible.
Of course, this is easy if all my rolls have the same number of pieces. For example, if I get a Spicy Tuna (
S) roll and a Philadelphia (
P) roll, and they each have 6 pieces, my order will be:
P S P S P S P S P S P S
Easy. (and to note: I eat the Philadelphia before the Spicy Tuna because I like Spicy Tuna more and I want it to be the last taste in my mouth).
Now, let’s say I order a Spider (
P are taken) roll and a Caterpillar (
C) roll. A Spider roll usually has 4 pieces, and a Caterpillar roll usually has 8. So, I’ll do this:
C C I C C I C C I C C I
Now, let’s say I pair the Spicy Tuna roll (
S, 6 pieces) with the Caterpillar roll (
C, 8 pieces). I do this:
C S C S C S C -- C S C S C S C
-- in there is meaningless; it’s just to help your eye break it up better. In short, I’m dividing up my eating experience into two halves, each of which start and end with a Caterpillar roll piece, and then alternate between that and the Spicy Tuna.
Enter the chaos-inducing Spicy Scallop roll (Jesus Christ why does all sushi start with the same letters? This is
A I guess). At my favorite sushi restaurant, it has 5 pieces. Fuck.
If I’m eating it with a Spicy Tuna (
S, 6) roll, it’s not so bad:
S A S A S A S A S A S
If I’m eating it with a Caterpillar (
C, 8) roll…
C A C A C -- C A C -- C A C A C
Now my eating experience has two halves and a short halftime show in the middle. Maybe I’ll eat some ginger during that time as well. Fuck that, straight ginger is nasty.
So yeah, this adds a lot of stress to my sushi-eating experience. But it doesn’t end there. What if I’m extra hungry, and get three rolls; Spicy Tuna (
S, 6), Caterpillar (
C, 8), and Spicy Scallop (
A, 5)? Once I stop hyperventilating, I’ll do it like this:
S C A C S -- C A C S A S C A C -- S C A C S
For the record, I do understand how fucked up this is, but this brilliant three-course-meal-within-a-one-course-meal means I never eat the same piece twice in a row, and I get the satisfaction of eating a palindrome.
It can get worse than this. Sometimes, I want to get four or five rolls and split them with my girlfriend. Sometimes I know I’m with someone who will want to trade a piece, so I have to factor in a group of 1.
I’ll spare you these horrors, since I think you get the idea. But if you’re ever out eating sushi with me, and I’m sitting there staring at my untouched plate with an intense look on my face while everyone else is half done, now you know why.