Video Of The Week — Ready For Some "Shoe-Shi?"

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Photo Credit :Yujia Hu via Instagram

Milan-based sushi chef Yujia Hu is making headlines with his innovative “shoe-shi” creations. The intricate works of art that resemble popular sneakers are made using strands of black seaweed called nori, sashimi, rice, and any other edible ingredients needed to recreate the streetwear it is being modeled after.

The China-born food artist, who works at his family’s restaurant Sakana, has created everything from Air Jordans to Vans to Supreme slides. Due to the incredible detail, every “shoe-shi,” takes between 20 to 30 minutes to make. However, the bite-sized masterpieces are not meant to be just admired – Hu intends them to be devoured just like normal sushi.

Photo Credit: Yujia Hu via Instagram

“I began creating onigiri art, at first, just for fun, but then I started being very passionate about it and love what I am doing,” says the 28-year-old who has gained worldwide fame since he began posting his work to Instagram earlier this year.

Hu’s creativity does not end with shoes. He has also used fish and rice to create replicas of a range of NBA superstars and internationally-renowned artists and actors, including characters from Star Wars and former US President Barack Obama. What’s next? The talented chef says, “I have been thinking about recreating the dragon of Game of Thrones, but I have to study it a lot because it’s pretty difficult, it has a lot of details.”


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“However, the bite-sized masterpieces are not meant to be just admired – Hu intends them to be devoured just like normal sushi.”

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  • esther1010
    esther1010Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7:12 pm
    • ThedogemanFriday, January 19, 2018 at 5:08 pm
      I dont like sushi but now I want to try his
      • ThedogemanFriday, January 19, 2018 at 5:05 pm
        He's cool
        • 666Friday, January 19, 2018 at 3:13 pm
          cool like the third one ill go there tommorow
          • Mrs. Olen ClassFriday, January 19, 2018 at 1:08 pm
            This is SOO Cool!
            • mini07Friday, January 19, 2018 at 6:41 am
              so cool
              • phoenix709
                phoenix709Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 2:28 pm
                wow Tasty!
                • kittygamerThursday, January 18, 2018 at 1:47 pm
                  omg, this is so cool!!!!!!!!!!!
                  • tiger1st123
                    tiger1st123Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 12:46 pm
                    donot understand!!!!!
                    • nowhoneThursday, January 18, 2018 at 12:21 pm
                      im lovin it

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