There are so many varieties of sushi that it is hard to know where to begin. Let’s start with some basics. Sushi is the Japanese word for raw fish or seafood. As far as the actual preparation is concerned, sushi food consists of raw fish or seafood cooked in vinegar and seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices. The best sushi food is truly one that combines the flavors of the different components.
There are many varieties of sushi: Kake (Kuromame), Sanke (Shabu), Isogarashi (Inari), Utsuri (Embudo), Konto (Tom Ekui), and Maki (Mocha). Some of these names are just common house hold names like Donburi, which literally means small pot, and Maki, which mean sweet shrimp. There are other names for some varieties as well. One of the most popular is called Tore Sano.
As far as the preparation of sushi goes, there are two basic methods. In the first method, all the ingredients are mixed together and then arranged on a plate. It is then cut into bite size pieces and dipped in prepared dipping sauces. In the traditional method, the fish is first marinated in Japanese vinegar before being arranged on the rice.
As for the rice itself, it is rolled and deep fried. In the United States, American sushi is made with short grain rice while in Japan it is always flat rice. Another difference between American sushi and traditional sushi in Japan is the garnishing. In Japan, items such as kamaboko (seaweed) are used with sushi.
Now for the taste. In Japan, sushi is always served with a slice of avocado on the side. In the United States, it is usually served with lettuce. This is not a significant factor because most people have no preference as to the side they want.
As for the actual ingredients, there are numerous varieties of sushi that can be made. As far as the base ingredients go, there are raw ingredients like fish, rice, vinegar, vegetables, etc. The actual sushi ingredients depend on the recipe. Some sushi can even be made without any ingredients at all.
Sushi can be ordered in many different forms these days. Most places have take-out places where you can have your sushi quickly and enjoy it while you wait. Another option is to order your sushi online. There are many good sushi websites that have hundreds of different varieties to choose from and make the whole process a lot easier.
So what do you think? Is sushi the Americanized version of an Asian meal? In my opinion, it’s close to being the same. With the large variety of sushi types, ingredients, and combinations, sushi has really expanded the boundaries of what an Asian meal can be. What is your preference: Chinese, Japanese, or Thai food?
A good way to visualize sushi is to picture a roll of meat and rice wrapped up in seaweed. This simple but elegant creation is known as mail (sensei in Japanese). When you order sushi, the chefs will slice the maki into sections of specific size. It is then placed inside a nori seaweed sheet, which is wrapped tightly.
The basic ingredients of sushi are rice, fish, and vinegar vegetables. The fillings, of course, are different for each type of sushi. Some sushi places use imitation fish, such as squid, squidoo, or crab meat, instead of fish. In this case, you’ll need to ask what is used in place of fish in your sushi.
In traditional sushi, there are three types of filling: rice, avocado, and either fish, or just vegetable. The topping can be vegetables, fish, or another animal. Some sushi places include additional ingredients such as sauces, sesame seeds, & even bonito flakes. But in Japan, the topping is always just rice.
One important thing to remember when ordering sushi is that it can take an hour or more for your sushi to be prepared. It is not meant to be an enjoyable quick fix. So if you find yourself in a hurry, don’t order onigiri (rice balls). Better yet, ask for a side plate so that you can have something to munch on while your sushi is cooking!