What does sushi taste like? It is actually a tough question, and there is no right answer. You might receive thousands of answers from different people. Because people often don’t have clear understanding of what sushi actually is and how many types of sushi there are. The basic types of sushi include: maki, hosomaki, uramaki, futomaki, temaki, nigiri, and gunkan.
Sashimi is often believed to be sushi; however, it’s just raw fish unless it is prepared with sushi rice, because sushi is all about the RICE.
The real secret to Sushi isn’t FISH, but RICE
The word “sushi” actually refers, not to the fish, but to the rice that originally used to preserve the fish.
Originally, Sushi Rice Was Never Eaten, and sushi is “vinegared rice”
According to Ole Mouritsen – a physical biologists at Southern Denmark University, with more than 30 years of experience in searching about sushi, he reveals that from thousands of years ago in China, at the time the fridge was not invented, to preserve the fish, fishermen took advantage of sea salt to ferment the fish. So they salted the whole fish, packed it under weights with cooked rice, and sealed it in a barrel. Months later, bacteria had converted sugars in the rice into lactic acid, which helped prevent the fish from spoiling. The picked fish was eaten and the rice was tossed out. This preservation method spread to Japan around the 8th century, where people began eating the sour-tasting rice with the fish. And when rice vinegar was invented around 1600, it was used to flavor the rice instead of fermenting the fish. Later, before the 19th century, nori was invented and led to maki or rolled sushi.
Sushi in the 18th century was 3 or 4 times bigger than what we see today and was served as street food/ fast food in Japan. Sushi was cheap, quick snack to eat with the hands. As time passing by and moved indoor, the restaurants wanted to make their sushi differently, so they started to make small sushi (nigiri) as we know today.
To include, sushi = vinergared rice, otherwise, it’s not sushi.
Do not mix Wasabi with Soy Sauce
If you are a fan of sushi, you properly know that there will be 2 separated small sauce bowls for soy sauce and wasabi. There is always a reason for that – because sushi chefs want you to use it with different parts of sushi. Mixing wasabi and soy sauce together will reduce the real flavor of both wasabi and soy sauce, then you cannot recognize its distinct aroma anymore.
Even though many sushi guide sites suggest to dip the whole sushi into soy sauce, the right way to eat sushi is to take a little wasabi putting on the topping (fish, tamago, eel) and then turn it over and lightly dip only the fish. Try not to dip sushi rice into soy sauce.
Do not eat Picked Ginger with Sushi
Similar to wasabi and soy sauce, picked ginger is often used in a wrong way . Usually you will see picked ginger is served with sushi; however, it’s created not to enhance the flavor of the main dishes. Because of the strong smell and strong scent of the ginger, it will “sabotage” the texture and the taste of sushi.
So what ginger be there for? It is seen as a “dessert” !! Japanese are very delicate and meticulous in cuisine. When you eat many types of sushi as the same time, your taste will begin to “disorder”, and then you cannot enjoy the full flavor of different types of sushi anymore. That is the reason why you need to eat ginger before and after eating each type of sushi, it will help you to clean your tongue and gives you back the natural taste for you to enjoy 100% delicious taste of the next types of sushi