sushi & sashimi information
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NIGIRI SUSHI (NIGIRI-ZUSHI)
Nigiri sushi is what one calls the little fingers of rice topped with wasabi and a filet of raw or cooked fish or shellfish. It is generally the most common form of sushi you will see.
WHAT IS SUSHI?
Beginning as a method of preserving fish centuries ago, sushi has evolved into an artful, unique dining experience. In its earliest form, dried fish was placed between two pieces of vinegared rice as a way of making it last. The nori (seaweed) was added later as a way to keep one’s fingers from getting sticky.
CHIRASHI SUSHI (CHIRASHI-ZUSHI)
Chirashi sushi is a bowl or box of sushi rice topped with a variety of sashimi. This is often a nice selection as you can choose to eat your fish as sushi or sashimi, and it is often artfully presented. Nothing says “Wow!” like a beautiful bowl of carefully presented seafood.
An elegant and very artistic style of maki sushi that is usually made to show off the skills of the itamae as it often includes complex layering of ingredients. This type of roll is becoming more common in the West.
Sashimi is raw fish served sliced, but as-is. That means no rice bed or roll, but it is often served alongside daikon and/or shiso. This is my favorite style as you really get the flavor of the fish. Plus, it’s a great way to impress sushi newbies!