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Sushi for dummies

If you've never eaten sushi before you'll probably be lost reading the menu with all the fancy names like nigiri or sashimi. Here's a cheat sheet to help you become a sushi samurai.

  • Nigiri = slice of fish placed on a ball of rice. Note that I say ball 'cos a lot of the sushi restaurants don't do this. They place the fish on a bed of rice. to fill you up. naughty sushi chef. don't do it
  • Sashimi = a bite sized slice of raw fish. salmon is overrated. order tuna and be happy ^_^ or if you're feeling rich and the sushi diner offers it order toro.
  • Toro = the fatty underbelly of tuna. price depends on tuna. The most delicious piece of fish you'll ever eat. drool
  • Temaki = japanese word for hand roll. looks like an ice cream cone but is filled with rice and yummy fish.
  • Tamago = the japanese omelette. usually made with something sweet. well that's how I like it anyway. Can be made as a nigiri or any other sushi.
  • Maki = a cut of fish or vegetable... rolled in rice and seaweed. simple but delicious.
  • Miso soup = a traditional soup made with miso and tofu. perfect for a wintery Cape Town night.
  • Edamame bean = Soya beans steamed and seasoned with sea salt. Eat this instead of popcorn during a movie. mmmm.

Sushi etiquette

  • You're allowed to use your hands. don't let anyone tell you otherwise
  • Don't dump your wasabi into the soya sauce. a good sushi chef will season the sushi with a bit of wasabi already
  • Don't eat the ginger with the sushi. This is a garnish to clean out your palette between bites of the yummy sushi pieces
  • You should eat the sushi whole. these are bight sized yummies after all.


Dillon Kin

Dillon Kin is the founder of I Live Under a Rock. He writes about travel, life in Cape Town. Dillon is a foodie, coffee snob and photographer.

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