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Edible Masterpieces – All You Need to Know About Sushi & It’s Eating Etiquette

Sushi is one of the most popular Japanese dishes not only in Japan, but also around the world.

Sushi has a long history in Asia, and traditional Japanese cuisine is unlike the sushi in America or elsewhere in the world. And if you are a admirer of this famous dish or you are just discovering this delicious dish, you will love to learn about its eating etiquette, the types of its dishes and a lot more .. join us!

Sushi History

Sushi as we know today is an edible masterpiece.

The itamae (sushi chef) uses the freshest ingredients:

fish, rice, soy sauce, wasabi (Japanese horseradish), and other seasoning, adds rice, and rolls it neatly in nori (seaweed). It’s important for you to know that the presentation of the sushi is just as important as mastering the taste.

Sushi has a long history back to the 2nd century AD in China. It was originated from a method of preserving fish; it consists of placing the fish in the rice to protect it from damage. The rice was later thrown and only fish was eaten.

Once this concept reached Japan, around the seventh century AD, the Japanese began eating this fish along with rice. Shortly thereafter, a man from Edo (Tokyo), Matsumoto Yoshiichi, began adding rice vinegar and selling this version of sushi.

Sushi Dictionary

Now that you know the origin of sushi, it’s time to learn some of its important varieties:

Maki: It’s the type of sushi created with the bamboo mat used to roll sushi.

Gunkan Nigiri:  means “boat”. The ingredients are held in place on top of the roll in a boat shape.

Temaki: A cone-shaped hand roll. You can generally order sushi as a hand roll or a cut roll. Hand rolls are cone-shaped single servings, whereas cut rolls are smaller and easy to share.

Nigiri: A strip of vinegarweed sushi rice with a piece of raw fish on top of it. If you don’t like seaweed, then you should try Nigiri.

Sashimi: is just slices of raw fish served without rice.

Chirashi:  is a bowl of sushi rice topped with assorted fish.

Most Popular Types of Sushi Rolls:

California Wraps (Lobster, Avocado, Cucumber)

Philly rolls (salmon, cheese, and vegetables)

Rainbow roll (lobster, avocado, and cucumber with tuna, yellow, and salmon on the outside)

Caterpillar roll (cucumber, fish cake, crab, avocado)

Dragon rolls (cucumber, avocado, eel, and eel sauce).

Here are some of the common ingredients you’ll find on a sushi menu:

Hamachi: Yellowtail Japanese fish
Nori – seaweed
Tako: Octopus
Tamago: Sweet egg; 
Tobiko – often used as a garnish, tobiko roe (eggs)
Unagi: Freshwater eel
Wasabi – Japanese hot radish
Shoyu – soy sauce

This is a little example of numerous ingredients that can be added to sushi. It depends on how adventurous you feel, step out of your comfort zone with eating sushi and try ordering something new!

Sushi eating etiquette

Impress your friends the next time you eat at a sushi restaurant by

Doing the following:

Eat what you take, wasting food is considered disrespectful.

If you’re not great at using chopsticks, don’t worry you’re allowed to use your fingers to eat sushi. However, this applies to hand rolls and cut rolls, you shouldn’t use your hands to eat sashimi.

You should eat nigiri-style sushi in one bite.

Avoid the following:  

Sushi is generally served with ginger and wasabi. Don’t combine the ginger with your sushi; it’s served to be used between bites to rinse your tongue.

Don’t shake your sushi to git red of the shoyu.

Dip your sushi fish side down. Only the fish (not the rice) is meant to be dipped in the shoyu.

Only order sushi from the sushi chefs. You should order drinks, sides, appetizers, and additional items from your waiter.

You’re not supposed to rub your chopsticks together.

Now that you’re a sushi expert, try some new kinds next time you grab sushi with your friends.


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