You may enjoy nice sushi, whether it’s for your lunch hour or a nice dinner, and there are plenty of places you can visit to get a wonderful sampling of sushi, but did you know there are rules to it? Yes, there are some simple sushi rules and the average person today is probably breaking a lot of them.
Here are 6 particular rules about sushi that you might very well be breaking … maybe at this very moment while reading this article and having a relaxing lunch break. Don’t worry too much, though. They’re easily correctable and to follow.
1. Don’t drown the poor thing!
Okay, you got me … sushi may very well be raw fish and it can’t drown, but when you take soy or other types of sauces and suddenly start smothering it all over your sushi, it actually destroys the taste. No matter how much you spent on that plate of delicious sushi sitting in front of you, it’s probably been ruined by all of that sauce.
2. Understand the ginger.
You probably noticed by now that you’re served a bit of pickled ginger with your sushi dish. Some people think this is meant to be added onto the tuna or other fish, but it’s not. It’s actually there to help cleanse the palette after you finish one fish and move on to another, or at the end of your meal. So use it accordingly, not actually on your sushi.
3. Those chopsticks? Use ‘em.
Sushi is a quintessential Japanese meal and when in Rome (or in this case Tokyo), do as they do. Sushi is created to be eaten with chopsticks, not a fork. Maybe it’s easier to just use the fork, but you’re not honoring the artisan who created that fine meal for you. If you need help figuring out how to hold and use chopsticks, just as the wait staff; they’ll be more than happy to help you out.
4. Spread your palette around.
When people first begin sampling sushi, they usually order rolls. However, more experience connoisseurs of this delicacy actually prefer a variety of fish flavors. Get in the habit of trying different plates and samples. You may just discover something delectable you never would have thought you’d like.
5. Know the day of the week.
Many of the finer sushi restaurants don’t receive fresh deliveries of fish on Sundays. Sometimes they don’t get any on Saturdays, either. While you may like the sushi just fine on Sunday, it might not be as fresh as you’d prefer. Tuesday through Friday are the best days to dine out on sushi.
6. Avoid the freshwater sushi.
More research is indicating that freshwater sushi can be harmful to your health. This is commonly the result of parasites found in freshwater, and while there is some debate here, keep your focus on saltwater styles of sushi. This isn’t a hard and fast rule as people have their opinions, but you’d do well to follow it, anyway.
Written by G. T. Hedlund