Yuck. Raw Fish? No thank you!
Have You Ever Tried Sushi?
In your experience, how many times have you heard this? Maybe you’ve heard this so much that you’ve never taken the time to try sushi for yourself. Have you ever taken the time to look it up and see what it really is? What if I were to tell you that what you may know about sushi may not be the whole truth? If I could change your mind about what you think sushi is, would you try it? Let me give it a shot.
Take a second to answer these yes or no questions:
Do you like rice? Y/N
Do you like fresh fruit and vegetables? Y/N
Do you like cooked seafood like fried shrimp, crab, or salmon? Y/N
Do you like Asian inspired flavors like Teriyaki, Soy, or Sweet Chili? Y/N
Do you like that Yum-Yum sauce you get at like EVERY hibachi table? Y/N
If you answered Yes to most of these questions, my prediction would be that you would, in fact, enjoy the most basic of “sushi” rolls.
What is Sushi?
Let me explain a little further. The concept of sushi is actually pretty simple. Sushi is really just a term for seasoned rice that’s accompanied by different types of prepared foods. Usually this comes in the form of a roll, or maki, and is what we typically see sold as sushi here in the States. So if you love rice, cooked seafood, fresh fruit or veggies, and delicious sauces all rolled into an easy-to-munch bite, maybe sushi IS for you.
There are Many Different Types of Sushi
But what about the raw fish? Why do we correlate raw fish with sushi? Well, honestly, there’s a few reasons for that and their names are nigiri and sashimi. I won’t bore you with too many details, but both of these food items typically do center around using “sushi grade” raw fish or seafood. Nigiri typically has thin cuts of fish or seafood laid over a piece of balled up cooked rice, and sashimi is just the raw cuts served as is. As simple as it sounds, it actually takes quite a bit of skill and precision to prepare these items, and many Chef’s take great pride in their ability to do so. Here are a few pictures and definitions of the different types of sushi a sushi chef can make.
Give Sushi a Chance
So, if raw fish is something that maybe doesn’t quite appeal to you, I get it. I can totally understand how something like that could turn some people off. In that case, maybe wait to try nigiri or sashimi until you’ve grown a greater fondness for sushi. But if you want to go on a culinary adventure to try something new and exciting, I highly recommend taking an evening and getting the full sushi experience.
Head to Your Nearest Japanese Restaurant
When you get there If you see one of those lonely looking sushi counters at your favorite Japanese hibachi restaurant, try sitting there and talking to the sushi chef. This will save you from experiencing the same old song and dance at a crowded hibachi table. Feed a few bucks into that tip jar that’s on the counter next to the chef, and from time to time, if you’re lucky, you might just get rewarded with little handmade bites and treats made just for you! Sushi chefs are also great at taking your likes and dislikes and creating something new and exciting that might not even be on the menu! Some of my favorite dishes have come from sitting at a sushi counter and letting the chef create something unique and special for me.
As a chef, I love seeing people branch out of their comfort zone and try something new. In this case, I highly recommend trying sushi for yourself. If you do and you end up loving it, send over some pictures of what you had and tag us on our Theknifetofork Instagram. We would love to share your first great sushi experience with you!