There are few foreigners who
don’t know California Roll. Actually it is not Sushi
of Japan. It is an American dish in order for
American people who hardly eat
raw fish to eat Sushi. Japanese traditional Sushi
restaurants don’t serve it.
There are two main types of
Sushi, Oshi-zushi (Kannsai-zushi) and Nigiri-zushi (Edomae-zushi).
Oshi-zushi was born in western
Japan and it is mostly made with processed fish.
Nigiri-zushi was born in eastern and it is mainly
made with raw fish. It should be Nigiri-zushi that
foreigners think of “Sushi”.
Foreign residents should eat
authentic Sushi, particularly Nigiri-zushi because
staying in Japan is a good opportunity for tasting
is difficult for you to eat raw fish, you can choose
non raw fish Sushi(For example, boiled shrimp, egg
and conger eel). And when you get used to eat raw
fish, please try raw fish Sushi.
However, even if you can eat
various Nigiri-zushi, tastes of them are spoiled
without good method to eat.
Since Nigiri-zushi was originally
plebeian food sold at a stall, there is no strict
manner but some tips. Now let us show you how to eat
Try to eat Nigiri-zushi with these secrets and you
may feel Sushi tastier.
No use chopsticks.
You may feel how rude eating
by fingers is. But Sushi rice(called “Shari” )is
easy to be crumbled if you use chopsticks
because Nigiri-zushi is made by just pressing
and shaping Shari by hands.
As eating Nigiri-zushi by
fingers is common, Sushi restaurants should
serve Oshibori(wet towel) at the same time for
wiping your fingers.
The size of Nigiri-zushi is
suitable for eating by fingers, too. (Conversely
Oshi-zushi is difficult to eat by fingers. Use
Do not put Wasabi into Shoyu.
It is not necessary to apply
Wasabi because Nigiri-zushi has Wasabi in it.
But if you want more, put a little on the fish
of Sushi(called “Neta”) not into Shoyu.
If you put Wasabi into Shoyu,
flavors of both of them are spoiled
Get a little Shoyu onto Neta
Take Sushi and get Neta top a
little touching Shoyu. Taste of Sushi becomes
taste of Shoyu if you dip Shari or Neta into
Keep refreshing your tongue.
Continue eating rich taste
Nigiri-zushi(e.c. fatty tuna, yellow tail) makes
your tongue blunt and hard to taste next Sushi.
You should refresh your tongue by eating
Gari(Pickled and sliced ginger) or drinking
green tea before eating next Sushi.