1. Sushi is not raw fish.
The word sushi refers to cooked rice mixed with seasoned rice vinegar (with salt and sugar ). So by definition, provided that you use sushi rice, it may be referred to as sushi. In recent years, we’ve seen”newcomers” like mac and cheese sushi, hamburger sushi and beef sushi.
2. Sushi was devised in South East Asia First
Initially, it was a street fast food served at a sushi stand, just like a hot dog stand. We see the rest of the original stand for a sushi bar at sushi restaurants.
Lots of men and women think sushi rice means”sticky rice” Sticky rice refers to mochi rice, which can be used to make mochi. To make sushi rice, which is known as”shari,” sushi chefs include sushi vinegar to cooked rice. High sugar content in sushi vinegar provides stickiness to rice and keeps rice stick together.
4. Ginger is a strong antibacterial agent.
Pickled ginger not just brings fresh flavor in your mouth, it also cleanse one’s palette, especially after oily fish. It acts as an antibacterial against raw fish, which may carry parasites.
5. California Roll is an American invention.
The story goes like this. 1 evening a customer at the sushi bar in little Tokyo, Los Angeles, requested a”special.” The sushi chef used avocado (which was not a frequent sushi ingredient back then) and called it avocado special. The customer liked it so much that it turned into a normal menu and evolved to the California Roll we understand now. Lately, a sushi chef in Canada claimed he invented it first. Regardless, California roll has become the most popular sushi item in America.
6. Nobody eats Tuna sushi until recently
Around 12-13 century in Japan, tuna was known as”shibi,” that rhymed with”day of lifeless” in Japanese. So, they avoided eating lettuce because it was bad luck. Yohei marinated tuna in soy sauce and used for his sushi and became popular sushi item.
7. Nigiri or roll?
When Japanese say sushi, they think of Nigiri. When Americans think of sushi, they state Rolls.
8. Not all fish taste great when they are fresh.
Similar to beef aging, Tuna (yellow fin, large eye and bluefin) starts to taste better after one to two weeks of aging. Halibut is almost uneatable when refreshing – chewy and no taste like eating an unripe green banana.
9. Sashimi doesn’t mean raw fish.
Sashimi means sliced meat. Therefore, sliced raw beef has a name”Beef Sashimi.” Japanese enjoy chicken sashimi (only fresh selected chicken) and vegetable sashimi as well.
10. Most so-called wasabi Isn’t necessary wasabi
The majority of the sushi restaurants in US use powdered wasabi. This wasabi consists of western horseradish and mustard with some food coloring. Needless to say, there are some restaurants use”real” wasabi powder. So why do most of them utilize non-wasabi power? That is because wasabi costs a lot of money. , which could cost more than Toro (tuna belly.)