Common Misconceptions About Sushi

October 05, 2012 - posted by Hanaichi

Common Misconceptions About Sushi

Sushi is Japanese dish synonymous with great taste and artful food presentation. It’s become an international craze that you can find a sushi restaurant at virtually any place in the world. Sushi is widely loved for its tasteful presentation, delightful flavor and versatile taste. Saying that sushi is popular is a huge understatement as it has been adopted and reinvented by foreigners across continents. However, despite its rising popularity with foodies, misconceptions about this Japanese dish are always around. So let’s list down all the straight facts about sushi and debunk all myths once and for all:

Sushi is raw fish

While it’s true that raw fish is a part of sushi, raw fish is just one form of sushi. The word “sushi” literally means rice in Japanese while “sashimi” refers to raw fish. Sushi can be made with raw fish like slivers of salmon, tuna, eel, or mackerel but some sushi does not include raw seafood at all, rather, the vinegared rice is paired with crabsticks or egg (kani and tamago sushi, respectively).

Sushi can only be eaten using a chopstick

A lot of people who are new to eating sushi tend to stress over the proper way of eating it. Yes, certain etiquette has to be observed when dining at an Asian restaurant in general For instance, scraping bamboo chopsticks together vigorously to avoid splinters is a no-no. This is a rude practice as it gives the impression that you think the service in that restaurant is so poor, you are in danger of getting splinters when eating. Eating sushi without using a chopstick is not rude at all. Using chopsticks to an Asian restaurant is not mandatory; you can request a fork and spoon at any given time. In fact, some Japanese folks do enjoy eating sushi with their hands. For others who are privy about shoving food in their mouth using their hands, a fork is a great alternative. Just slide the fork on the bottom of the sushi, dip it into the sauce, add wasabi if you want, and eat it.

Eating raw fish is dangerous

Eating most types of foods has its own advantages and disadvantages and raw seafood is no different. Fresh seafood are low in fat, calories and rich in essential fatty acids that restore cellular function in the body, improves overall complexion and protect the body from free radicals. Eating a bad sushi is certainly a horrific experience that could potentially be dangerous. However, eating raw fish is not dangerous as long as you dine in a reputable restaurant that provides premium quality food all the time; this is especially true for people who want to eat sushi or sashimi for the first time. As long as you took time researching about a certain restaurant and reading their reviews before dining out, you should be fine.

If you want to experience a fun, fabulous dining experience complete with authentic, high quality Japanese dishes, all roads lead to Hanaichi sushi bar and restaurant. Click here for reservations!

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