Awesome Tips Flight Network Foodie
By Akila McConnell
You land in Tokyo, exhausted from the long flight, and know that the only one thing that can rejuvenate you is a big platter of fresh sushi. But, before you hop into the nearest sushi joint, let’s go through the basics on what you need to know about sushi before traveling to Japan.
Sushi refers to any dish made with vinegared rice, called sushi-meshi. Japanese diners will compare and contrast the quality, moistness, and flavor of the sushi rice before they even begin thinking about the quality of the fish or vegetables to top the sushi.
Sashimi, on the other hand, refers to the thinly sliced seafood served without any sushi rice.
Makizushi is “rolled sushi.” Maki rolls are the most popular type of sushi outside of Japan. Makizushi is a cylindrical roll with filling inside, wrapped in dried seaweed, called nori.
Inarizushi is a vegetarian dumpling of fried tofu skin wrapped around the sushi rice.
Chirazizushi, or “scattered sushi,” is thinly sliced fish, or sashimi, placed on top of a bowl of sushi rice.
Nigirizushi, or “hand-pressed sushi,” is a single piece of fresh fish or vegetable draped across a mound of the vinegared rice.
Temaki are known as “hand rolls.” To make temaki, the chef wraps seafood and rice loosely in nori shaped like a cone, with the cone open at the top. Temaki must be eaten quickly before the nori loses its crispness.
You can order sushi cheaply at kaiten-sushi joints, where the sushi is served on conveyor belts for around 100 Yen per piece (about $1 CDN). However, if you go to a Sushi-Ya, a restaurant that specializes in sushi, you should expect to spend at least 2,500 Yen per person (about $25 CDN). At a Sushi-Ya, you may order in one of three ways.
There are five steps to eating sushi:
But, remember that these are only tips and tricks. Enjoying the food is far more important than trying to properly eat sushi in the Japanese way. Itadakimasu! (Or, bon appetit in Japanese!)