Like California, Alaska, and Philadelphia, Boston has put its mark on the national sushi scene by performing one indelible act—naming a roll after itself. Along with sushi staples of vinegar-laced rice and the seaweed wrapper known as _nori_, the Boston roll is comprised of cucumber, avocado, and poached shrimp. The shrimp, for its part, might come off as untraditional, considering that the seafood that makes up most sushi isn’t cooked at all. This twist is symbolic of the Boston roll's place in American society: for a people unfamiliar with eating raw fish, the Boston roll is a stepping stone into the colorful world of Japanese cuisine.
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