Sushi Know-How

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Sushi is defined as vinegared rice with a topping or filling. Contrary to popular belief, sushi does not mean raw fish. Sushi doesn’t even have to contain fish. There are vegetarian varieties of sushi, sushi with cooked fish, sushi with fish marinated until it is effectively cooked, sushi with fish roe, sushi with egg, etc.

Sushi’s origins

Sushi originated in Southeast asia as a method of preserving fish. Raw, cleaned fish would be pressed with layers of rice and salt. After months of fermenting, the layers would be preserved and ready to eat. Narezushi as it is known, has a distinct and strong flavor which does not resemble what we commonly refer to as sushi today.

In the 18th Century, Hanaya Yohei developed what we commonly refer to as sushi today. At the end of the Edo period in what is now known as Tokyo (then Edo), Yohei pressed fish on small pads of seasoned rice and served it as fast food for the masses.

Types of sushi

For simplicity’s sake I will only cover the most common forms of sushi here. There are myriad types of sushi, ranging from utilitarian to ornate.

  • Nigri-sushi, or hand-formed sushi, is the most commonly known sushi. It consists of a small rectangular or oval shaped pad of pressed rice with a neta, or topping. It may or may not have a bit of wasabi between the rice and topping, and may or may not have a band of nori holding the topping to the rice.
  • Maki-sushi, or rolled sushi, is a cylindrical rolled sushi formed by wrapping nori (seaweed) around rice and a filling. A bamboo mat is used to roll the seaweed and rice, making the sushi uniform in shape. Maki sushi may contain one filling, making it hosomaki (thin rolled sushi) or many fillings, making it futomaki (fat rolled sushi).
  • Gunkan-maki, or battleship sushi, is a piece of rice with nori wrapped around it making a cup to hold semi-liquid ingredients or ingredients that do not lend themselves well to rolled or hand-pressed sushi.
  • Temaki-sushi, or hand-rolled sushi, is a cylindrical sushi made with nori, rice, and fillings, rolled by hand. Similar in style to maki-sushi, but usually containing stronger flavored ingredients. Some people refer to maki-sushi as a Japanese burrito, while temaki-sushi would be a Japanese taco.
Funnier take on sushi etiquette:
What is the proper way to hold sushi?
What is the most popular sushi roll in the USA?
Who invented the California roll?
What is the most expensive fish sold for sushi? How much was paid?
Now do a GOOGLE SEARCH for how to roll sushi.  Think of good search terms like “sushi rolling steps,” “sushi rolling video,” etc.
 
Get familiar with at least the rolling mat and method.  Try new ones, like nigiri or hand rolls!
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48 thoughts on “Sushi Know-How

  1. 1 hold sushi with chopsticks
    2 the California roll is the most popular in the US
    3 Hidekazu Tojo invented the Cali roll
    4 the bluefin tuna sells for 1.8 million

  2. 1. You would hold the sushi with chopsticks.
    2. The most popular sushi roll in USA is the California roll.
    3. Hidekazu Tojo invented the California roll.
    4. The most expensive fish sold for sushi is called the bluefin tuna. It was paid for $1.8 million.

  3. 1. the proper way to hold sushi is with chop stick
    2. the california roll is the most popular in the US
    3. Hidekazu Tojo invented the california roll
    4. bluefin tuna is the most expensive fish it sells for 1.8 million dollars

    Gabriel mendoza per 5

  4. i really dont like sushi like that but it is something that if i didnt know any better i would say / think that it would be awesome. It looks really good . but the stuff that is in it is really not good. The stuff is not done so ya thats what i think . PERIOD 5 JORDAN cLINTON 2/23/15

  5. 1. The proper way to hold sushi is with chopsticks
    2. The California roll is the most popular in the US
    3. Hidekazu Tojo invented the California Roll
    4. Nluefin tuna is the most expensive fish it sells for 1.8 million

  6. 1. The proper way to hold sushi is with chopsticks
    2. The California roll is most popular in the US
    3. The California roll was invented be Hidekazu Tojo
    4. Blue fin tuna is the most expensive fish, it sells for $1.8 million

  7. 1.The proper way to hold sushi is to hold it with chopsticks.
    2.The most popular roll in the U.S is the California roll.
    3.Hidekazu Tojo invented the California roll.
    4.The most expensive fish is the Blue Fin,it is sold for 1.8 million dollars.

  8. the way to hold sushi properly is with chopsticks
    the california roll is the most famous in the united states
    Hidekazu Tojo invented the cali roll
    Blue fin tuna is the most expensive fish and sells for 1.8 million dollars

  9. 1. Use Chopsticks
    2.The California Roll
    3.Hidekazu Tojo
    4. Bluefish Tuna is the most expensive fish, sold for 1.8 million.

  10. 1) The proper way to hold sushi is to use chopsticks.
    2) The California Roll is the most popular sushi roll in America.
    3) Hidekazu Tojo is the man who invented the California roll.
    4) The most expensive fish for sushi was a Bluefin Tuna sold for 1.8 million dollars in 2013.

  11. 1. The best way to hold sushi is by using chopsticks.
    2. In the US the California roll is the most popular.
    3. The man who invented the California roll is Hidekazu Tojo.
    4. The Bluefin Tuna is the most expensive fish priced at 1.8 million dollars in 2013

  12. 1) To hold sushi is with chopsticks.
    2) In America the California roll is the most popular.
    3) Hidekazu Tojo created the cali roll.
    4)Bluefin tuna fish was sold for 1.8 million dollars in 2013

  13. 1) You would hold sushi with chopsticks.
    2) In the U.S., that would be the California roll.
    3) I’m going to say Ichiro Mashita.
    4) It was Bluefin tuna, costing $1.8 million in American dollars.

  14. 1) The middle finger,Index finger, and thumb
    2)The California roll is the most popular in the U.S.
    3)Hidekazu Tojo invented the California roll
    4)Bluefin tuna fish 1.8 million dollars in 2013.

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