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The Difference Between Sushi and Sashimi
How to Tell the Difference Between Sushi, Sashimi and Nigiri -The Finest Japanese Cuisine
I often go to the local Japanese Restaurant to order Sushi. As I sit down to order I realize that I cannot recall the difference between sushi, sashimi, and nigiri. This is your quick go-to guide for discerning between the three.
Vinegar Rice and Fish
All Sushi is part vinegared rice (shari) and part fish (neta). There are several different types of sushi, but what Americans typically think of are Nigiri and Western-style sushi (rolls). The question is not whether to eat sushi or sashimi, but more than likely you have to chose between nigiri, sashimi or western-style sushi rolls.
Sushi for You
Just the Fish
It's as simple as it gets. Sashimi is just raw fish served with a dipping sauce. There is nothing finer.
Fish on Top of Vinegar Rice
Nigiri is fish (neta) that is laid on top of the vinegared rice (shari). It tends to be held together with wasabi. Wasabi can be thought of as Japanese horseradish.
Western Style Sushi
Sushi Rolls - For Newbies
Most neophites tend to eat western-style sushi or more commonly knonw as sushi rolls. There are several different types of suhsi rolls. The possibilities are endless. They tend to combine the shari, neta, and nora. Nori is the black seeweed wrap that holds the role together.