Philadelphia roll

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A Philadelphia roll with less commonly used raw salmon and cream cheese. Traditionally, the roll uses salmon.

A Philadelphia roll is a makizushi (also classified as a kawarizushi)[1] type of sushi generally made with smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber.[2] It can also include other ingredients, such as other types of fish,[3] avocado,[4] scallions,[5] and sesame seed.


The name "Philly roll" is derived from the Philadelphia Cream Cheese brand. Incorporating smoked salmon ("lox") and cream cheese in a sushi roll took this popular combination of ingredients from its use on a bagel when sushi increased in popularity in North America from the 1980s.

Nutrition information[edit]

Variations on traditional rolls like the Philly roll have been criticized for taking what was traditionally a healthy, low-fat food in its Japanese iteration (in which salmon would be raw and cream cheese nonexistent) and making it into a high-fat one. Traditional rolls do not contain dairy products.


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  2. ^ "Philly's 'Queen of Sushi' shares sushi-making expertise with students". April 14, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  3. ^ McKevitt, A.C. (2017). Consuming Japan: Popular Culture and the Globalizing of 1980s America. Studies in United States Culture. University of North Carolina Press. p. 159. ISBN 978-1-4696-3448-7. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  4. ^ Indianapolis Monthly. Emmis Communications. p. 183. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  5. ^ Woodworth, N.; Woodworth, R. (2001). Inn Spots and Special Places in New England. Wood Pond Press. p. 546. ISBN 978-0-934260-95-4. Retrieved March 27, 2018.