Having sushi for the first time can be an intimidating experience if you don’t know much about it. Mostly regarded as an acquired taste, sushi is now fast catching on in India with many restaurants now offering nigiri or maki sushi on their menus.
If you’re new to the sushi bandwagon, we’ve made a list of things you ought to know to help you get started.
#1: Know Thy Basics
Sushi is all about the rice. A special short-grain type of rice is seasoned with a mix of rice vinegar, salt and sugar – this mixture, known as shari is sort of sticky, and can be shaped to form the Nigiri or rolled to form the Maki. They also hve sushi burritos now, just saying.
#2: Get The Names Right
For the beginners, getting the background right could be useful. For instance, the Maki (meaning “roll” in Japanese), is the sushi roll. The four most common Maki rolls are: Hosomaki, Futomaki, Uramaki and the Temaki.
The Nigiri is a hand-formed sushi using a mound of rice pressed into a rectangle by the chef’s palms and topped with neta (common toppings include salmon, tuna and shrimp). A cross between the nigiri and the maki sushi, the gunamaki is a clump of rice wrapped with a wide band of nori (dried seaweed).
#3: Eat It Right
While it is assumed that sushi is best eaten with chopsticks, there is actually no hard and fast rule. In fact, it’s actually better to eat maki rolls and nigiri with your fingers. Also, don’t use wasabi with all types of sushi – Nigiri in particular. Wasabi is to be eaten carefully, as it is very strong, pungent and flavourful. Dab your sushi with wasabi, and never mix wasabi with soy sauce (shoyu). Pickled ginger (gari) is best used as a palate cleanser in between bites, and not as a topping.
#4: Eat At A Recommended Restaurant With Friends
When trying sushi for the first time, it’s best to go for a restaurant that’s known or recommended by a friend. Go with friends, preferably those who are not new to Japanese cuisine, if only for the comfort of having buddies with you to tell you more about this exciting fare.
#5: Don’t Stress, Just Dig In!
After these basics, we’re sure you feel a whole lot more comfortable with the idea of eating sushi. After all, all the world’s a plate just waiting to be tasted. So keep in mind that you may not like it at first, but for some of you – it might just be love at first (measured) bite!
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