The word sushi refers to rice that has been seasoned with vinegar, sugar, and salt, and contrary to popular belief, Sushi does not mean raw fish at all.
Raw fish sliced and served by itself is sashimi.
Sushi is really just Japanese “fast food” consisting of cooked rice combined with other ingredients, most commonly seafood.
Good sushi rice is somewhat chewy, and sticky to the touch.
Sushi is traditionally eaten with the fingers, in one or two bites, although many customers use chopsticks.
Please do not pass food from one person to another using chopsticks, as this parallels a Japanese funeral ceremony. It is more appropriate to use the blunt end of your chopsticks and pass the food from one plate to the next.
Sushi-grade fish that is suitable for eating raw must be frozen for seven days at negative 4 degrees Fahrenheit, or flash frozen for 15 hours at negative 31 degrees.
Fish that’s “fresh out of the ocean” is often dangerous to eat.
The Food and Drug Administration stipulates that all fish to be eaten raw (with the exception of tuna) must be frozen first, in order to kill parasites.
Japanese usually eat miso soup not at the beginning of the meal, but at the end”to aid digestion.
The knives used by sushi chefs are the direct descendants of samurai swords, and the blades should be sharpened every day.
Sake is a Japanese rice wine made of fermented rice, malt and water. Sake has an alcoholic content of 16% to 19% and its taste varies from sweet to dry. You may drink it warm or cold. When drinking Sake with Sushi, you usually warm it up to body temperature.
Sushi: Many believe that sushi means raw fish. Actually, sushi means vinegared rice. This term is based from the original use of fermented rice to store fish.
Nori: Roasted seaweed. This is what is used to bind the rice and fish together.
Temaki: Known as hand rolls. Nori is rolled into a cone with rice and other ingredients on the inside.
Nigiri: Small slices of fish on top of rice. Normally served two per order.
Sashimi: Sliced pieces of raw fish.
Sushi HosoMaki Maki HosoMaki: This is a sushi roll with a little rice and the seaweed is on the outisde.
Futomaki: Large sushi rolls with plenty of ingredients within it. This makes it difficult to take a piece with one bite. The seaweed is either rolled on the outside or inside.
Chirashi Bowls: These are bowls of sushi rice with sashimi/raw fish on top.
Albacore (white tuna)
Wakame (seaweed salad)
Inari (fried tofu)
Tai (red snapper)
Masago (orange fish eggs)
Sushi Rice (shari)