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 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…
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