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All About Sushi
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 sushiClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
|Calories from Fat||27|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 3 g||5%|
|Carbohydrates 30 g||10%|
|Sugar 8 g|
|Protein 5 g||10%|
|* 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.|