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Sushi: Japanese Food

Different countries of the world have different taste. Each region of same country differs in taste and food varieties. One such typical Japanese dish is Sushi. When you hear this word Sushi, it feels like we are discussing about the well known game: Magic Sushi. Well, here we are not discussing about any sushi game but this article is about Sushi which is a Japanese cuisine. Let’s learn what Sushi exactly is in Detail.

What is Sushi?

Sushi is a Japanese dish made of cooked rice with vinegar added to it along with different ingredients such as seafood, tropical fruits, and vegetables. This dish is mainly prepared with brown or white rice. This is served with ginger and soya sauce.

Emergence of Sushi:

History says that Sushi was first prepared in South East Asia and the meaning of this term is “sour tasting”. Primarily, sushi was known as nare-zushi which is dish made of fermented fish wrapped in sour fermented rice. The name Sushi was found by Hanaya Yohei. This Sushi was a form of fast food and wasn’t fermented.

Types of Sushi:

Like we Indians prepare different types of rice, in the same way this Japanese food; Sushi also has different types which have one ingredient in common and that is vinegar rice. These varieties have different types of fillings such as spices, condiments, toppings and fillings.

1) Chirashizushi: Sushi Rice with raw fish toppings and vegetable garnishes is known as Chirazisushi. It is eaten mostly in March and the ingredients as per the need.

2) Inarizushi: This is a pouch made of tofu filled with sushi rice and is deep fried. The preparation varies as per the region which includes fillings of green beans, carrot along with rice and wrapped in a triangular cone shape also known as Cone sushi.

3) Narezushi: It is a traditional form of fermented Sushi. This type of Sushi is prepared with skinned fish stuffed with salt, and kept in a wooden barrel, soaked with salt again. This is to be kept for days. As and when days pass, water slowly gets drained out and finally removed. This can be eaten after six months. It remains edible for further six months.

4) Oshizushi: This is also known as pressed Sushi and it is a speciality of Osaka. The bottom of oshibako is lined with toppings and then covered with sushi rice and then the lid of the mould is pressed firmly to create a compact. This block is removed and then it is cut into bite sized pieces.

Well, we think that this article has given you a lot of knowledge about famous Japanese Food – Sushi. It’s really exciting as well as interesting to know about the food habits of different countries and the way they prepare them.

Urvi Tandon