First thing that probably pops in your head you say Japanese food is probably “Sushi!” After all, it is the most famous Japanese food around the world. Sushi is a dish made by crushing vinegared rice combined with seafood ingredients on top of it.
On the other hand, there are also many sushi dishes abroad that we don’t have in Japan. Eating is also slightly different from the way it is traditionally consumed in Japan.
This time I will talk about the difference between American sushi and Japanese sushi and the difference in eating them.
- 1 American-Style Sushi
- 2 5 Ways Not to Eat Japanese Sushi
In actual, when you say “Sushi” in Japan and America, it might as well be a completely different type of dish.
As an example, in Japan, a “Nigiri sushi” is what is generally considered as sushi, but rolled sushi is the mainstream in America. Nori is wrapped in rice because there is no custom of eating seaweed in western these countries.
Japanese sushi is all about enjoying the ingredients.Many restaurants that serve American sushi puts importance in the combination of tastes and appearance of the dish.
Both types are great ways to experience sushi, but why not enjoy Japanese-style sushi with Japanese people when you come to Japan?
☆ 5 things that only exists in American-style sushi
Let me start introduce!
1 California Roll
Crab flavor kamaboko, avocado, mayonnaise, white sesame…
These are hand rolled with seaweed. In the West, there are not many customs to eat seaweed so these are usually rolled inside the rice.Among the American-style sushi dishes, this one is also popular in Japan.
2 Spicy Tuna Roll
This dish mixes spicy mayonnaise and other spicy condements with tuna. Nowadays in the United States, even the general food section always has this dish, and it is very popular.
3 Fried Sushi
This type of sushi is prepared by frying rolls like California rolls the same way tempura is prepared. There are also eel rolls and korean bbq rolls.
The bread-crumb coating adds crisp making it more enjoyable.
4 Sushi with Cheese
Sushi with cream cheese such as the Philadelphia roll is also popular especially in North America.
5 Avocado Sushi
This sushi has fruit such as avocado and mango. In Japan, a similar kind would be cucumber rolls, but avocado and mango are not sold in sushi restaurants.
Are you surprised that these were American-style sushi?
In Japan, fresh fish put on sushi rice is the standard way of serving sushi. Tuna, salmon, and sea bream are some the popular fish in sushi.
5 Ways Not to Eat Japanese Sushi
1 Stab the sushi with chopsticks
Piercing through your food with chopsticks is considered as bad manners. If you cannot use chopsticks, don’t worry, sushi can be eaten with your hands.
2 Using a spoon with miso soup
In the west, there isn’t really a habit of drinking soup directly, so it may feel awkward at first to do so, but as much as possible, try to drink miso soup directly from the bowl without a spoon.
3 Eating sushi with lots of gari and wasabi. Or with lots of soy sauce.
There are many people who add a large amount of wasabi to their sushi or puts so much soy sauce that it makes the rice tinted in black.
Let’s try to enjoy taste of the original ingredients as much as possible.
By the way, only sushi comes with gari (sliced pickled ginger), but it does not with sashimi.
4 Taking only the fish and leaving the rice
Sometimes, there are even Japanese people who do this when they are dieting. If you are trying to watch what you eat or if you don’t want to eat rice, trying ordering sashimi instead of sushi.
5 Ordering TERIYAKI Sauce or Chili Sauce
There is no TERIYAKI sauce or chili sauce in Japanese sushi restaurant.
Sushi should be paired with soy sauce.
How to eat sushi the proper way (Recommend to Americans)
Even if the order is different, as long as you enjoy your delicious of sushi, then you should be good to go! Let’s try to practice these etiquette when enjoying sushi.
Let’s consider the proper way of eating sushi and enjoy the cultural differences through these tasty sushi dishes.