Sushi FAQ

What are the health benefits of sushi?

It is well known that the Japanese are some of the healthiest people in the world, with very low levels of weight problems and heart conditions among the population. Sushi is a food that is always served fresh, and the ingredients used are extremely good for you in many ways.
The rice used in sushi is a great source of carbohydrates and proteins, and is gluten-free. Fish and other seafood used in sushi are an excellent source of protein, and a great alternative to other sources of protein that are not as good for you (i.e., red meat).
The seaweed (nori) used to roll sushi is rich in vitamins and minerals, and can actually help reduce the formation of cholesterol deposits in the blood vessels.
The vegetables used in sushi are also a rich source of vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre. The vinegar, ginger, and wasabi have antibacterial properties, and are known to help prevent many bodily ailments such as colds, flu, fatigue, and even high blood pressure. All in all, making sushi a regular part of your diet is a wise choice. Not only is it beautiful to look at and delicious to eat, its health benefits are substantial and long-lasting!

What’s the difference between sushi and sashimi?

Sushi is a combination of rice and fish, other seafood, vegetables and/or other ingredients. Sashimi, on the other hand, is raw fish or other types of seafood, period. Sashimi is not made with rice, although a bowl of rice is often served on the side.

Does sushi mean raw fish?

No! Many people are quite misleading on this topic and suffer from the “raw factor”. This is a complication that arises when people are hesitant, or even worse, won’t try sushi because they think it is made with raw sea creatures.
Sushi refers to Japanese food preparations using seasoned rice. Sushi does not mean raw fish. Sashimi refers to preparations of raw sliced seafood usually served on a bedding of greens or rice.
Sushi can be prepared with raw fish like tuna and yellowtail, but it is certainly not necessary. many sushi preparations use seafood cooked in a variety of forms, however, vegetarian rolls, spicy cooked chicken rolls and carne asada rolls are a few of the many varieties of sushi not using seafood at all.

Sushi is raw fish and seaweed, right?

Some sushi contains raw fish. For many types of sushi, the fish is cooked.
What people call seaweed is nori which actually a very healthy sea vegetable. People should start with California Rolls which contain pre-cooked crabmeat (or imitation crab: surimi), mayonnaise, avocado and cucumber wrapped with rice and nori.

Is it safe to eat raw sushi?

Yes, it’s safe as long as the fish is fresh. You should have no problems with sushi from your local sushi bar. If you make your own sushi, make sure you get the freshest fish possible and don’t make sushi from freshwater fish. Freshwater fish have been known to carry certain parasites not found in ocean varieties.

How to eat the good sushi?

First of all, good sushi starts from fresh supply of ingredients. This can be done if the selling and receiving of the supply can be made efficiently in a little time in order to keep them fresh. It is understandable to find a good sushi in places where it is known to be crowded because that indicates the smooth rotation of the cycle. Then it may also be understood that stores that have too much menu items might have some trouble containing the supply in the fresh state.

Why do I need special rice to make sushi?

In order to achieve the texture and flavour of sushi served in sushi bars/restaurants; you must use medium- or short-grain sushi rice. Using long- or extra-long grain rice (the kind typically found in supermarkets) will result in tough, chewy sushi. Sushi rice is of higher quality, tastes better, and is much easier to work with than regular rice.

Can sushi keep for a long period of time?

As a general rule of thumb, the answer is NO.
Sushi is best eaten fresh, insuring that you enjoy the full flavour of the ingredients – especially the fish. It’s recommended by sushi chefs that sushi be consumed immediately, or within 2 to 4 hours. However, if you do decide to try and save your sushi, adhere to some of the following guidelines:
the first step would be to separate the rice from the fish. Next, since sushi rice is mixed with vinegar, it doesn’t pose a problem storing it in a cool place. Just make sure that it’s wrapped securely. As for the fish, it is absolutely necessary that it go into the refrigerator; otherwise, it will spoil! Again, be sure to wrap the fish tightly. Although the sushi will be edible the next day, it probably will have lost a lot of its flavour.

What about when the rice smells too much like vinegar?

It may be obvious for the rice to smell a bit like vinegar. But if that smell is too strong, then there is a possibility that the rice may be old or that the inferior kind of vinegar was used. Vinegar smell from the rice should be mild.

What’s the right way to eat sushi?

In order to fully enjoy all the wonderful flavours and “culinary pleasures” associated with eating sushi, take a look at “how to eat sushi” page. Eating sushi is almost as much of an art form as making it!

Do I have to eat sushi with a chopstick?

There is no special ways to eat sushi. If using chopstick is uncomfortable, it’s always okay to eat sushi with HANDS.