Noobs Guide to Sushi

Is real sushi raw fish?

I discovered today that sushi is not necessarily raw fish. Sometimes served with sushi, sashimi is just sliced raw fish, dipped in sauces and eaten. Typically, sushi is a dish consisting of rice with some other topping, but not always. It happens to be served with various types of sea food, either cooked or raw, and perhaps even a mix of the two. The tradition comes from the food that originated in the locations where sushi was first eaten. No matter what the topping is, sushi can be served with just about any of them.

The variety of sushi served with raw sea food has given rise to the notion that sushi is any dish that is served with fish. In the western world, sushi is usually served with fully cooked sea food, including imitation crab. The smoked salmon is called the Seattle roll. They grilled the squid or the octopus. The fully cooked shrimp was ready to eat. A fully cooked clam is included. Fried and battered sea food are some of the types of food it is often served with. The very popular maki (cucumber rolls) are a variety of vegetarian sushi dishes.

It is thought of as raw fish in the western world as it is usually served cold. When sushi was first introduced, it stood out more due to the fact that most westerners don’t like raw fish.  The ancient way of preparing sushi was to put sea food in rice with salt used as a preservative. The fish meat is broken down by theacetic acid produced from the rice. One of the basic tastes the human tongue can detect is a strong umami flavor. The rice would be thrown away and only the meat would be eaten. It was a good way to keep meat fresh.


Is it disrespectful to eat sushi with a fork?

It depends on the restaurant, but for dedicated authentic sushi restaurants, you should eat it with chopsticks or by hand. 

Is it rude to mix wasabi and soy sauce?

It isn’t necessarily rude, but be sure to keep your wasabi and your soy sauce separate. If you’re dining out at a casual conveyor belt sushi restaurant on your own, however, it’s likely that nobody will bat an eyelid if you choose to sully your condiments. But for authentic, dedicated restaurants, you’ve committed a culinary taboo that’s frowned upon by sushi traditionalists.

How do you eat sushi properly?

Sushi restaurants are always different, so the setup isn’t always exactly the same. The sushi chef will then bring you a bowl of wasabi and a small dish with soy sauce and pickled ginger. You dip your finger in the soy sauce and ginger and then place it in the wasabi. The wasabi is then placed on the fish and rice. 

I would recommend using chopsticks because it’s a lot easier to pick up food with chopsticks than it is to pick it up with your fingers, so I think it’s a lot better for you to learn how to do it correctly from the beginning. Also, it’s more polite to use chopsticks.

Balancing Your Flavors

Why does sushi come with wasabi and ginger? Here is why:

The way that hot peppers are spicy is not the same as how wasabi is spicy. It has a burn on its face, but it goes away within a few seconds. Many people who are looking for an extra kick mix some of their wasabi in with soy sauce, but more on that later. There is a different reason for the ginger being there. With the help of diced ginger, it is possible to get past the burn of the horseradish and clear away the flavor from your last sushi roll with the help of a mild taste and a soothing flavor.

Here are the 7 steps to eat sushi:

  1. Receive your plate of sushi.
  2. Put a little amount of soy sauce in a bowl or on your plate.
  3. Dip a side of sushi into the soy sauce, mildly. If you want extra spice, use your chopsticks to “brush” a little bit more wasabi onto the sushi.
  4. Eat the sushi. Smaller ones like nigiri and sashimi should be eaten in a single bite, but larger American-style rolls may need to be eaten in more bites.
  5. Chew the sushi completely, allowing the flavor to coat the inside of your mouth.
  6. If you’re drinking sake along with your sushi, now is a good time to take a sip.
  7. Take a piece of pickled ginger from your plate and eat it. You can do this in-between each roll, or each bite. This helps clear your palate.

These are the basics of eating sushi. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to follow the rules. You won’t be judged for eating sushi your way. The guidelines help you maximize the flavor of your meal, they are traditional, and it’s fun to follow tradition, especially when eating a dish with a history.


Hands or Chopsticks?

The majority of people eat sushi with chopsticks. We don’t like eating with our hands, so this is the most common method in the West. The use of chopsticks will help you avoid getting rice and fish all over your drinking glass, plate, and other things on the table. Eating sushi with your hands is a more traditional method of consumption for traditional sushi dishes like nigiri. Hands can be used to eat sashimi, but it’s usually eaten with chopsticks. Again, it comes down to your personal preferences. There’s nothing wrong with using a fork to eat some sushi. It’s not traditional, but if it’s your preference, nobody will judge you for doing so.


Try Sushi Today!

The first time eating sushi might be a little overwhelming, and there are so many choices to choose from, and so many ways to eat them!

Afraid of raw fish? We recommend trying sushi at least once in your lifetime, however buy from a quality restaurant so that one experience wouldn’t be a fail, and who knows? One day you’ll be a sushi addict!

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