I am half Japanese and my father has been well informed how to eat sushi, I hope. I have also often been to Japan.And my aunts have always corrected me if I ate in a wrong way.
- Sticks in the sushi instead of using your sticks to grab the sushi.
So I mean the people who eat sushi as a kind of chicken skewer. You do not need to be punctured. The Hashi (Otemoto), or the chopsticks, serve to go the seaweed and not as a kind of skewers through the middle. It also has to do with the fact that you can never stick your chopsticks upright in food. This has to do with death. In ceremonies about death, they stick chopsticks in a bowl of rice. It is then a bit cringy to do this in a different setting. Tip: It’s even better to eat sushi with the hands than in a wrong way with chopsticks.
It is not polite. It does not belong. In addition, it is sin of sushi. Sushi is actually quite simple. It’s about the combination with well-prepared rice and fresh fish. There you need little soy sauce, if you really like sushi. In Japan, the sushi is also sometimes prepared In the way you should eat it. For some sushi varieties there is already wasabi in the sushi. Also not all types of sushi you need to eat with soy sauce.
Using too much soy sauce is the same as when someone comes to eat and then sprinkle a lot of salt on the food.The taste of the dish will disappear. And you’ll always think that the person doesn’t like it.
- Western Sushi You can order here at the all you can eat ‘ restaurants ‘.
Sushi with mayonnaise and other strange sauces. Yeah sorry but should I really explain that this is not really sushi anymore?
I am not saying that ‘ we ‘ in the Netherlands really have to do it through the Japanese rules when it comes to sushi food, but it is ‘ nice ‘ perhaps to know some more facts.
In addition, Sushi has become a real hype nowadays.All You can eat tents are no longer a way to think.
What a pity.I would say give the smaller Japanese restaurant owners some more opportunities. They are less and fewer customers. Sushi tents such as the all you can eat bars, are never run by Japanese. I have many people from this industry. I worked there myself.
For the people who live in Amsterdam: Go for really tasty Japanese food to Hakata Senpachi.No I do not work there personally, so I have no advantage in this. When you really eat authentic Japanese, one does not want to go to the All you can eat.
Additions: I have a good time thinking about it.I got someone’s question whether you should eat sushi with your hands? The answer is no, it shouldn’t be. But it’s not strange. Indeed. In Japan Previously, people ate sushi with the hands. This does some still. They will not look strange if you eat sushi with your hands. But nowadays they also eat sushi with chopsticks in Japan. I also think from hygienic considerations nowadays.
In Japan, you get a warm wet towel for the food to clean your hands with before eating.I’m still laughing at people. People who use the hand towel to clean their face because they were hot.
My father once said: Pick up the sushi with your sticks, then change the shape of sushi.This is an insult to the chef. Because the chef has done his utmost best to prepare sushi. Sashimi (raw slices of fish) you can pick up with your chopsticks.
Another addition: Stop the sushi at once in your mouth.Do not break it in half. I know, sometimes the pieces of sushi are large and do not eat very charming. But for the full taste experience, she prefers to eat at once, again this has to do with respect for the one who made the food.
Fun fact: The ginger that is often next to the wasabi does not eat you together with the sushi.It is also not a starter or side dish. It is a kind of flavor neutralizer.
Finally, what I can add is: it may sound like too many rules and too much hassle.But in Japan they have a high esteem. For the food and for the one who made the food. Also in Japan you are often right in front of a sushi chef. Then you often tend to adapt more. In The Netherlands you hardly see the sushi chef.
All the latest: Becoming a sushi chef is not done in a few Mondays.At least in Japan not. You’re not just a cook. You are a sushi chef. Here you need years of experience for the best teachers. Believe me, it may sound crazy but in Japan you didn’t made it to sushi chef with a ‘ sushi course ‘. The correct taste of the rice preparation takes a lot of effort. Japanese rice is different from other rice varieties. She needs a lot of water. And then also the right amount.
I do not want to exaggerate but in Japan I have seen that sushi can be a form of art.