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What is sushi?

 A japanese dish, made with vinegar rice rolled with nori and filled or topped with vegetables and or seafood

What is Nori?

Nori is the Japanese name for edible seaweed species of the red algae genus Porphyra, It is called laver in Wales and other English-speaking countries, or simply as seaweed.

Paraphernalia of sushi!

Sashimi – Sliced, raw or prepared seafood served without rice.
Tempura – Battered and deep fried  vegetables, prawn or shrimp.

Wasabi – Japanese horseradish, usually grounded to paste and served with sushi
Miso Soup – A soup made with dashi (stock) and miso (fermented soyabean).

Types of sushi

Nigiri zushe – A slice of fresh raw fish atop a column of vinegared rice.
Maki Sushi – Sushi in the form of a roll
Futomaki – Large rolls stuffed with two or more ingredients.
Uramaki – ‘inside –out rolls’ rice, roe and or sesame on the outside, and nori and filling inside.

Sushi Eating etiquette

You may be offered an oshibori (wet towel) at the beginning of the meal; which can be used to wipe your hands before, during and after the meal, and fold it as neatly as you can before placing it back on the dish.
If you don’t know how to use chopsticks, feel free to use your fingers to pick up sushi. If you do, remember not to rub them together – it is considered an insult! When they are not in use, place chopsticks parallel to you on the holder. Eat your sushi in one bite. If you cant don’t place the half eaten sushi back on your plate.
Go easy on the soy sauce – soaking your sushi in soy is considered impolite. While eating Nigiri, remember  to place the fish side in the soy.
Gari is a palate cleanser and is eaten between bites of different types of sushi, not with sushi.
If you are served soup with your sus
hi, sip directly from the bowl.
Gari -is a type of tsukemono (pickled vegetables). It is sweet, thinly sliced young ginger that has been marinated in a solution of sugar and vinegar.

Source – Outlook Traveller; July 2014

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