Makizushi is essentially the grandest category of sushi containing all of the typical rolls that you are used to. These are most likely the rolls to start with if you’re a beginner.
Sashimi, while it is much simpler, is definitely more intimidating. Sashimi is simply sliced pieces of fresh fish to be consumed alone without sticky rice.
Nigiri is very similar to sashimi except that the slices of fresh fish are pressed over a bed of vinegared rice.
Maki Gunkan Maki is essentially a hybrid of Nigiri and Makizushi with fish or roe topped sticky rice, loosely wrapped in seaweed.
Alright. Now that you are aware of the types of sushi, next you’ll have to order and eat. But before you just assume that you can dive in, follow the order in this picture in order to maximize the flavor.
Never rub your chopsticks together after breaking them apart. This indicates to the chef that their utensils are cheap and is taken as an insult.
Soy Sauce: Tread Lightly
We all can get a bit carried away when it comes to soy sauce on sushi, but it is important to remember that soy sauce is used as a complement to the fish. Simply dip a small corner of the fish, not the rice, into the soy sauce. If you have a complicated roll, or you just can’t handle this maneuver with the chopsticks, go ahead and use your hands. This is how sushi was traditionally eaten anyways.
You’re probably familiar with the green paste served alongside sushi called wasabi. If you’re unfamiliar, this stuff can burn like hell when you eat too much. So, if you put too much on your sushi and experience the burn, stop breathing through your mouth and rapidly breathe through your nose. This will provide almost immediate relief.
What about the ginger?
Ginger is not meant to be eaten in the same bite as sushi. it is meant for cleansing your palate in between different fish.
Miso Soup isn’t an appetizer
If you’ve ever had Miso soup, you most likely enjoyed it before your meal. But, in actuality Miso soup is to be consumed after the meal and it’s even perfectly acceptable to drink it right from the bowl.
So, now that you know a little bit more about your sushi, go out and enjoy it! And remember, no sake bombs on the first date.