With different influences from all over the world Japanese cultures have evolved greatly over time. Obviously the culture isn’t just about dedicated cultural members practicing traditions, however it also brings some amazing food to the table. This means that you can experience the lifestyle of Japan without even having to be in Japan. Below are some interesting facts about Sushi and Japanese food that will help you explore more about the Asian cuisine.
- The blade of a professional Sushi chef’s knives must be re-sharpened on daily basis. This is extremely important especially when working with Sashimi – raw, thinly sliced fish.
- Customarily, a Sushi chef or itamae trains for 10 years before serving this Japanese food in a restaurant.
- When exploring the menu of exotic Japanese food, keep in mind that you should eat miso soup at the beginning of a meal, not at the end of it, as it’s good for digestion.
- The reason Sushi always looks so amazingly delicious is because the Sushi masters believe that you don’t just eat with your mouth, but also ‘eat’ with your eyes. That is also why even Sashimi is served fanned out in a mouth-watering display.
- Making Sushi rice is actually considered an art by sushi chefs. This Japanese food is cooked perfectly when it is slightly sticky to the touch.
- The first International Sushi Day was on the 18th of June 2009 - a celebration of this world-wide phenomenon of Japanese food.
- Sashimi is always the best cut of meat, and should preferably be eaten without wasabi, and using your chopsticks. Sashimi isn’t always fish though; it can also be raw beef or lightly cooked octopus.
- The Japanese often eat Sashimi as the first course and then continue with Sushi.
- Of course Japanese food isn’t limited to Sushi and Sashimi – there are other wonderful, delicious options on a traditional Japanese food menu that include Teppanyaki, Temaki, Tempura and Chicken Teriyaki.
- If there are Sushi lovers who are looking for something new and special, then a rare delicacy would be Sashimi made from the deadly puffer fish, called Fugu Sashi.
- Almost 80% of all the Bluefin Tuna caught in the world is used for Sushi and Sashimi.
- Because Sashimi needs to be as rich as possible, some sushi chefs even keep the fish alive in water before it is actually served.
- In Japanese food terminology, the word “Sushi’ actually refers to vinegar rice, and not fish, while the word “sashimi” means pierced flesh.
- The highest price ever paid for a Sushi grade Bluefin Tuna was $396,000 for a 754 pound fish ($526/lb) on January 4th, 2011 at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.
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