As modern cuisines change and adapt, the term Sushi has entered a grey area as to what is and what isn’t sushi. The large variety of Sushi served with raw sea food has pushed the belief that Sushi is raw fish but it isn’t – so what actually is Sushi and what is in fact just, well, fish?
Lets start with Sashimi, which means: ‘Pierced Flesh‘. Sashimi is simply raw meat, most commonly fish – sometimes dipped in sauces, sometimes served alongside sushi however Sashimi, is most definitely not Sushi. So what is Sushi?
Simply put, Sushi is most simply defined as ‘cooked, vinegared rice.’ Meaning that if vinegared rice is not involved, it cannot be considered sushi. Whilst often enjoyed with raw fish or other meat atop, the meaning of the word – it’s sour – refers only to the rice and derives from the traditional method of the fermentation process described in our last blog post.
There are many different types of Sushi: Nigiri, Temaki or Norimaki however the main connecting point of all these methods is not that they contain succulent salmon or terrific tuna, it’s that they all contain vinegared rice.
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