Everything about Sushi
Sushi – 寿司
Sushi is one of the most well known foods in Japanese cuisine.
Many people, when they hear this word, envision raw fish meat with rice when in fact sushi is composed of cooked rice combined with special sweet and sour vinegar – Sushinoko, all prepared for this purpose.
The word Sushi itself in literal translation from Japanese means ‘sour taste’.
Specially prepared, thinly sliced pieces of raw fish or other seafood
‘inside out’ maki-fish and seaweed wrapped in rice. In the last phase this roll is seasoned in caviar, sesame seeds or herbs
Rice ball with a horseradish wasabi spread, topped with a thin slice of fish or vegetables.
Rice wrapped together with fish or vegetables in seaweed, all with the help of a bamboo mat. This role is then sliced into smaller circles.
Using chopsticks in Japan is also connected with a set of limitations, similar to the way of Western Kitchens.
- Chopsticks should not be used to knock on the table, dishes or against one another
- The bite should be taken out before dipping the chopsticks in any dish or container.
- Chopsticks are not to be used to mix or play with food.
- All food items should be picked from the top, any other food items that have been touched by the Chopsticks must be eaten as well.
- Chopsticks should not be licked.
- It is impolite to point with Chopsticks.
- Chopsticks should not be used to pull dishes or containers towards yourself.
- Holding chopsticks in a clenched fist is understood as a threatening gesture.
- Sticking chopsticks into the rice is also impolite – doing this portrays the symbol of sacrificing rice to the deceased.
- Touching other peoples food with your own chopsticks is viewed as taboo.
This gesture is used only for moving bones after the cremation of the deceased.