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All About Sushi

Updated on June 19, 2013
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What is Sushi?

Sushi actually means “sour tasting”, and its oldest form is a fermented combo of rice topped with a raw fish.

Today, Sushi is composed of vinegar rice combined with raw fish or seafood.

Components of Sushi

  • Sushi- meshi or shari

A mix of Japanese rice, vinegar, salt, sugar and sometimes “sake”

  • Raw seafood

It is called "sashimi" served as is, but when used as topping or filling of sushi, it is called “neta”.

  • Black seaweed or nori

It is used as wrapper or filling.

different types of sushi

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Types of Sushi

Sushi varies according to the topping, filling and preparation.

  • Maki (rolled sushi) – a mix of vinegar rice, neta, and vegetables wrapped in nori using bamboo mat. Each roll of maki is usually cut into six to eight pieces. A variety of it is made to suit the western palate, the California Maki.
  • Nigirizushi – an oval stack of rice pressed between the palms of the hands, with a bit of wasabi or neta topped over it.
  • Inarizushi– named after Inari, the Shinto God who loves to eat aburage. It is basically a fried tofu stuffed with rice.
  • Narezushi – a fermented mix of gutted fish, vinegar rice and salt paced in a wooden barrel. It is kept for six months until the water is removed and can be eaten for another six months.
  • Barazushi – a bowl of vinegar rice topped with neta and vegetables. It is usually eaten during the “Dolls Day” or Hinamatsuri in March.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Calories 235
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Carbohydrates 30 g10%
Sugar 8 g
Protein 5 g10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

A Simple Lesson in Sushi Making- Sushi Rice, Maki Sushi, California Roll, Nigiri Sushi by tinkeredstar


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