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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  • moonwatcher800
    moonwatcher800Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 9:40 am
    i have never tried sushi
    • alphadog
      alphadogSaturday, May 15, 2021 at 1:56 pm
      I want to try shoe-shi I love sushi🍱iit is the best food ever👩‍🍳ththe first time I tried sushi I loved it
      • pro_gold
        pro_goldTuesday, April 20, 2021 at 6:36 am
        WOW
        • mercury_dust
          mercury_dustTuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12:57 pm
          I. Am. Speechless. First of all, I love sushi and everything even remotely related to it ♥️ Second, like, when can I get one? I'm really hungry right now because of this and l can't go get sushi because of COVID-19 so that's annoying. |:<
          • alphadog
            alphadogSaturday, May 15, 2021 at 2:01 pm
            Some places delivery see if you're parents will order some my parents order some for my family🍱
          • kittylover111
            kittylover111Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 11:26 am
            He is so talented! It looked so real!
            • thesmessywriter
              thesmessywriterSaturday, February 6, 2021 at 4:36 pm
              it looks so yummy
              • unicorn87
                unicorn87Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 7:03 pm
                omg I'm speechless
                • aidenguffey
                  aidenguffeyMonday, December 28, 2020 at 6:12 am
                  I will literally buy every single one of those right now.
                  • wolfieland
                    wolfielandTuesday, December 15, 2020 at 1:16 pm
                    weird but interesting!
                    • jango
                      jangoFriday, December 4, 2020 at 7:14 am
                      i try that. i love it. i want more. i eat peoples (non-sushi) shoes. i dont like it any more.