Oh. It’s Sushi…

Four years ago, a friend asked me to get sushi with her, at that time, I did not know what I was getting myself into with what-so-called “sushi”. On that day, I only ordered a plate of fried rice, because the thought of sushi was intimidating to me.

Four years later, after working at two Japanese sushi restaurants as a server and exploring some top sushi restaurant in Louisville, I’m here to reveal all these secrets behind sushi.

  • Japanese Sushi Rolls VS Korean Sushi Rolls

-Japanese sushi use sushi rice which contains rice vinegar, sugar and salt.

-Japanese style sushi has seaweed rolled inside.

-Korean sushi use sushi rice only seasoned in salt and sesame oil.

-Korean style sushi has seaweed out roll.

  • Nigiri(Sushi) VS Sashimi

-Nigiri is a type of sushi that has vinegar rice as the base topped with a thin slice of raw fish

-Sashimi is thinly sliced raw fish served with ginger and wasabi on the side

  • Regular Roll VS Hand Roll

-Roll is called Maki in Japan. It’s rolled with seafood and other ingredient inside that is wrapped inside seaweed then cut into 6 or 8 pieces.

-Hand roll is called Tamaki in Japan. It is in the shape of a long tube or cylinder shape that is filled with rice, fish and other ingredient wrapped inside of seaweed.

All sushi rolls or nigiri should come with ginger and wasabi on the side of your plate. Using chopsticks while eating sushi is not required but do try to eat your sushi roll in one bite to get the full experience!

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