Whether you’re a seasoned sushi connoisseur or just starting to explore the world of Japanese cuisine, there are so many options out there that it can be hard to know where to start. So many different types of fish! So many rolls with different ingredients inside! And what about nigiri? When should I eat it? What kind should I order? Why do they sometimes serve the fish on top with no rice underneath? I’m glad you asked—or at least, I would be if someone had actually asked me these questions. In fact, many people do ask me these very questions and more every day. Luckily for them (and for you) there are plenty of places online where you can learn about sushi. In this article we’ll look at some common questions about this delicious food item from Japan: What is sushi made from exactly? How do chefs make each type unique? How does one choose which fish will be served over rice when ordering at a restaurant? Where can we find the best examples of each kind? And much more!
Sushi is a type of Japanese food consisting of rice, fish and vegetables. It is usually served in small, bite-sized pieces with soy sauce for dipping. Sushi is usually eaten with chopsticks, but you can also use your fingers if you want to eat it like pizza. The word “sushi” itself comes from an ancient word meaning “it’s sour.” This refers to the fermented rice that was used in early versions of sushi and has since been replaced by vinegar or lemon juice as a way of preserving the fish and vegetables used in making sushi today.
Sushi rice is the foundation for all kinds of sushi. It’s a seasoned and vinegared cooked rice that’s pressed into blocks. When you order it at a restaurant, they’ll use a bamboo mat called an oshi to press the rice into shape while it cools so that it has an even thickness throughout. The best way to make sushi rice at home is with a Japanese-style electric cooker called a rice cooker. You can buy them at any kitchen store or online; just make sure you get one that holds about 4 cups of uncooked rice (that’s about 1 cup per person). Sushi chefs season their sushi rices differently depending on their recipe but generally use equal parts sugar, salt and vinegar (rice wine). They also add some kombu seaweed for added flavor if they’re making nigiri (or “hand”-shaped) sushi rolls. They also like using mirin as well as sake—two different types of alcohol used in Japanese cooking—to give the dish some extra dimension!
There are many different types of sushi, but they all have one thing in common: they’re delicious! And with our guide to the different types of sushi, you’ll be able to order confidently next time you’re out with friends at a Japanese restaurant. So next time someone asks if you want “chef’s choice”, feel free to say yes because now you know what that means!