If you are a beginner when it comes to sushi, this guide to eating sushi is for you.
Sushi is extremely popular in the United States, therefore it’s almost hard to believe that it wasn’t always a part of American culture. Nowadays you can enjoy sushi whenever you want — on an evening out with friends, weekends or even for a healthy and delicious work lunch. However, even though sushi is such a huge part of our culture now, many people are still confused by it. It can be easy to feel lost in a sushi restaurant, not knowing what all the different types are — whether it has raw fish or not, and how to even begin to eat it.
So, here few tips that can help you out and get you all interested in trying out the great variety of sushi available in sushi restaurants.
Rice is the basis for much of sushi - a special short-grain variety of rice is seasoned with a mix of rice vinegar, salt and sugar, called awase-zu. The rice mixture, called shari, is somewhat sticky so it can be formed into the shape needed for nigiri, which is topped with fish, or rolled to make maki. You can even find sushi made with brown rice. Have a look at all the different types of sushi available at the Akashi Brickell restaurant - one of the best sushi places in Miami.
How to Eat Sushi
Most people think that sushi must be eaten with chopsticks, however in fact it is recommended to eat certain sushi, like maki rolls and nigiri with your fingers. And you shouldn’t use wasabi on all sushi - typically nigiri is already seasoned with it. But in case you prefer your sushi with a bit more wasabi, dab a bit of it onto the sushi - never mix wasabi into soy sauce (shoyu), unless you’re eating sashimi, thinly sliced raw fish without rice. Use pickled ginger (gari) as a palate cleanser between bites, not as an additional topping. The ginger can also be used as a tool to brush your sushi with soy sauce using your chopsticks.
Sushi for the First-Timer
In case it is your first time eating sushi, simply go with a friend who understands it better than you, or sit at the bar and get recommendations from the sushi chef. They’re always willing to help you understand the territory.
Here’s what the sushi chef - Larry Chi - from Akashi Brickell recommends:
"If you don't know what something is, simply ask. "The best way to tell a good sushi bar from a bad one is to ask the sushi chef every question you can think of," Chi says. "If they are knowledgeable, chances are they know their stuff.""
If you visit Akashi Brickell, sit at the sushi bar, where you can watch lionfish swimming in a tank that's the focal point of the restaurant. You can also catch Chi cupping rice into balls and topping them with nigiri. "There's a style and form to what Japanese customers expect," he divulges. "For Western culture, I squeeze the rice balls tighter because guests like to use soy sauce or sauce in their food, and if not, it falls apart."
Visit Akashi Brickell for a memorable, authentic sushi experience.