I’m a CRAVE apprentice who was born overseas. I spent the majority of my childhood, and the earliest years of my young adult life, in Japan. During that time I developed a love for the the people, the culture, and the food. I’m always in the mood for Japanese food. Especially sushi. Now, I’ve always been able to differentiate between traditional and Westernized sushi, but I didn’t know that there is a traditional way to eat sushi. A right way. Which means I’ve been eating my sushi the wrong way for years!
If you’re CRAVING sushi, and want the traditional sushi experience, just keep these five things in mind:
- Sit at the Sushi bar: This allows you to interact with, and order directly from, the chef. In Japan, most traditional sushi bars don’t have tables, or menus.
- Order nigiri: Nigiri is the hand squeezed rectangles of fish and rice. Rolls are an adaptation of traditional sushi.
- Use your hands: Sushi is loosely packed so it falls apart in your mouth. Don’t use chopsticks.
- Don’t mix wasabi into your soy sauce: If the sushi isn’t preseasoned with wasabi and soy sauce, add just a small amount of wasabi directly to it, and dip only a corner in soy sauce. Don’t add ginger. Ginger is to be a palate cleanser between each piece.
- Do use chopsticks with Sashimi: The raw fish, without rice. And again, only use the tiniest amount of wasabi and soy sauce.
There you have it! The whole thing is pretty simple really. But to quote Captain Barbossa from Pirates of the Caribbean, “They’re more like guidelines than actual rules.”
And if it makes you feel any better, I’ve observed plenty of Japanese people eating sushi in a nontraditional manner. After all, who do you think I learned my bad sushi habits from?
Here are a couple places whose sushi we CRAVE:
Sushi Time is a unique sushi concept with a restaurant in the World Trade Center in Amsterdam and a takeaway store in Amersfoort. All of their sushi is homemade, using the best and freshest ingredients. They present their sushi on a conveyor belt, which is also portable for events. Sushi Time’s motto: Fresh Sushi, Fair Price
This tiny, little indie sushi bar has been shaking things up. Their playful, inventive approach to food combines flavors from all over the world, including Mediterranean, French, Thai and Indonesian.
What kind of sushi do you CRAVE? Share in the comments below!
Post by Eleanor Long