Sushi

sushi4Surrounded by the sea, the Japanese consume enormous amounts of seafood. Global life expectancy charts indicate that the Japanese hold a strong lead in this analysis. It appears that the high proportion of fish in their diet has resulted in healthier lives. The most popular way of serving fish is fresh (raw) or Sashimi as it is called in the Japanese dialect. Raw fish is cut into various forms (flat, cubed, thread-like and paper-thin). Pieces of fish are dipped into a mixture of soy sauce and wasabi (Japanese green horseradish) and eaten. Sushi is vinegar rice garnished with an assortment of raw sliced fish or non-seafood and can be found in the culinary history of Japan dating back thousands of years. Here at Wok-N-Roll, we hope to share with you many varieties of sushi and a memorable Japanese culinary experience. We only use the freshest and highest quality seafood available.

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

During the Edo period, “sushi” refered 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. にぎり
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. 軍艦
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. のり
Temaki Temakizushi (literally: hand rolls) are cones made of nori seaweed and filled with sushi rice, seafood and vegetables. 手巻き
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 ekiben (train station lunch box).  御師の寿司
Inari Inarizushi is a simple and inexpensive type of sushi, in which sushi rice is filled into aburaage (deep fried tofu) bags.  稲荷
Chirashi Chirashizushi is a dish in which seafood, mushroom and vegetables are spread over sushi rice. It can resemble domburi with the difference being that chirashizushi uses sushi rice while domburi uses regular, unseasoned rice. ちらし

 

Note that “sushi” becomes “zushi” in word combinations in which “sushi” is the second word, e.g. nigirizushi.