Not only is Sushi popular in Japan but it is also one of the most popular cuisine types worldwide.
The world ‘sushi’ comes from the combination of two words – ‘su’ and ‘shi’. The Japanese word ‘su’ means vinegar and ‘shi’ means rice. Both together mean ‘vinegared rice’.
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A curious fact about it is in its earliest form, dried fish was placed between 2 pieces of vinegared rice as a way of making it last and the nori was added as a way to keep one’s fingers from getting sticky.
Not all sushi is raw and the two common types of sushi are Nigiri and Maki.
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Nikiri is made with vinegared rice and fresh fish that goes on top of the rice. Common types of seafood that can be used are shrimp, tuna, shad, octopus and haddock. The quality of the seafood and how it’s cut play a big part on its appetising look.
If ordering as a takeaway, a combination platter of nigiri sushi goes very well, this way you can try several different flavours at once.
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Maki means roll. There are different types of rolls, some very easy to prepare and others very hard and require a skilled chef. They are usually wrapped in Nori (seaweed) but there are other variants such as cucumber, soy paper and omelette. The Nori can be rolled inside, inside-out or handroll. Some popular examples for each type of roll is Hosomaki, Uramaki and Temaki respectively.
Another very popular Japanese dish with raw fish or seafood is sashimi which is not considered as sushi. It doesn’t include the vinegared rice which all sushi food includes but it is equally tasty.
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Sashimi is a slice of raw fish or seafood nicely cut and traditionally served with soy sauce and wasabi. Some examples of not raw sashimi are squid, shrimp and octopus. Sea bass, tuna, salmon are some examples of raw fish used in sashimi.
Japanese cuisine is very popular within the UK. It is also very popular as a takeaway option. A lot of online takeaways in London offer really good deals for sushi meals.
And don’t forget the chopsticks!! as they are mandatory for a great sushi takeaway experience.