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.”

Resources: thrillist.com,time.com

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  • charliebrown420Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 8:57 am
    wow i want those shoes to eat right now
    • Shoe Shi EaterWednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7:39 am
      They should make a comparison from the real exact shoe to the shoe shi version to see how accurate it is because I thinks its accurate.
      • kittykat006
        kittykat006Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6:46 am
        well.....sushi is good!!!!
        • slenderwomanTuesday, April 24, 2018 at 11:37 am
          This is the profile pic i meant but looks so good
          • slenderwomanTuesday, April 24, 2018 at 11:36 am
            I have never had sushi looks so good
            • MoreblessingMonday, April 23, 2018 at 5:36 pm
              It looks so good.I wish I could reach inside and grab it.
              • purplepumpkin
                purplepumpkinFriday, April 20, 2018 at 11:43 am
                lol i mean cool
                • purplepumpkin
                  purplepumpkinFriday, April 20, 2018 at 11:42 am
                  i don't like sushi but thats coll
                  • JJFriday, April 20, 2018 at 7:32 am
                    That looks like it will take a long time
                    • laxbro2023
                      laxbro2023Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 1:47 pm
                      looks yummy

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