Sushi-a world common language for favorite food Menu


Traditional Japanese food evolves into a trendy universal dish

Needless to say, sushi is the most significant dish that represents Japanese cuisine. Its popularity has spread so widely that the word sushi is recognized anywhere in the world today. Using untraditional ingredients such as avocado, cheese, or fried shrimp, international versions of sushi continue to evolve in a unique way to reflect local characteristics. Sushi has become a universal food that can be commonly enjoyed at sushi bars and restaurants outside Japan.

From traditional sushi restaurant to convenience store lunchbox

Many foreign tourists come to Japan with an expectation of trying an authentic sushi. Sushi is available in various styles and price ranges. At traditional sushi restaurants, sushi chefs directly take orders from customers at the bar and prepare food in front of them. Kaitenzushi is a more casual and reasonable version of the sushi restaurant where prepared sushi pieces are placed on small plates and are delivered on a conveyer belt through tables. Some sushi shops only sell packaged sushi to take home for reasonable prices.

History of sushi

Is sushi a preservative food?

In Southeast Asia during the fourth century B.C., fish was fermented in a mixture of rice and salt for preservation purpose. It is believed that rice used for the mixture was not eaten and was discarded after use. This preservation method for fish was eventually introduced to Japan and became a dish called narezushi during the Heian period. Sometime during the Muromachi period, however, people began to save and eat rice of the mixture along with the fermented fish. During the Edo period, a quicker method was invented and was called hayazushi, which used vinegar instead of fermentation to make rice taste sour.

Birth of Edomae-zushi

Nigirizushi (hand-shaped sushi) was first created in Edo during the late Edo period (early 19th century). Therefore, many Japanese people today think that Edomae-zushi refers to nigiri-style sushi invented in Edo, in comparison to Osaka-zushi, which refers to hakozushi (or oshizushi, box-pressed sushi). However, there was another meaning for its name that all seafood used for Edomae-zushi were freshly caught in the ocean in front (mae) of Edo.

Sushi (寿司 or 鮨) is the most famous Japanese dish outside of Japan, and one of the most popular dishes among the Japanese. In Japan, sushi is usually enjoyed on special occasions, such as a celebration.

In past centuries, “sushi” referred to pickled fish preserved in vinegar. Nowadays sushi can be defined as a dish containing rice which has been prepared with sushi vinegar. There are many different types of sushi. Some popular ones are:



Nigiri

Small rice balls with fish, shellfish, etc. on top. There are countless varieties of nigirizushi, some of the most common ones being tuna, shrimp, eel, squid, octopus and fried egg.

Gunkan

Small cups made of sushi rice and dried seaweed filled with seafood, etc. There are countless varieties of gunkanzushi, some of the most common ones being sea urchin and various kinds of fish eggs.

Norimaki

Sushi rice and seafood, etc. rolled in dried seaweed sheets. There are countless varieties of sushi rolls differing in ingredients and thickness. Sushi rolls prepared “inside out” are very popular outside of Japan, but rarely found in Japan.

Temaki

Temakizushi (literally hand rolls) are cones made of nori seaweed and filled with sushi rice, seafood and vegetables.

Oshizushi

Oshizushi is pressed sushi, in which the fish is pressed onto the sushi rice in a wooden box. The picture shows trout oshizushi in form of a popular train station lunch box (ekiben).

Inari

Inarizushi is a simple and inexpensive type of sushi, in which sushi rice is filled into small bags of deep fried tofu (aburaage).

Chirashi

Chirashizushi is a dish in which seafood, mushrooms and vegetables are spread over sushi rice. It can resemble seafood domburi with one difference being that chirashizushi uses sushi rice while domburi uses regular, unseasoned rice.
Note that “sushi” becomes “zushi” in word combinations in which “sushi” is the second word, e.g. nigirizushi.

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