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.
- 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.