Sushi dates back to at least the second century A.D., beginning as a method of preserving fish in China.
The word “sushi” actually refers to rice that has been seasoned with vinegar, sugar, and salt, and contrary to popular belief, Sushi does not mean raw fish at all.
Raw fish sliced and served by itself is called sashimi.
Good sushi rice is somewhat chewy, and sticky to the touch.
Sushi is traditionally eaten with the fingers, in one or two bites, although many people use chopsticks.
It is not considered polite to pass food from one person to another using chopsticks, as this parallels a Japanese funeral ceremony. It is more appropriate to use the blunt end of your chopsticks and pass the food you want to share from one plate to the next.
The Japanese usually eat miso soup not at the beginning of the meal, but at the end—to aid digestion.
Knives used by sushi chefs are the direct descendants of samurai swords, and the blades should traditionally be sharpened every day.
Sake is a Japanese rice wine made of fermented rice, malt and water. Sake has an alcoholic content of 16% to 19% and its taste varies from sweet to dry. You can drink it warm or cold. When drinking Sake with Sushi, you usually warm it up to body temperature.
Sushi: Many people believe that sushi means raw fish. Actually, sushi means vinegared rice.
This term is based from the original use of fermented rice to store fish.
Nori: Roasted seaweed. This is what is used to bind the rice and fish together.
Temaki: Known as hand rolls. Nori is rolled into a cone with rice and other ingredients on the inside.
Nigiri: Small slices of fish on top of rice. Normally served two per order.
Sashimi: Delicately sliced pieces of raw fish.
Sushi HosoMaki Maki HosoMaki: This is a sushi roll with a little rice and the seaweed is on the outisde.
Futomaki: Large sushi rolls with plenty of ingredients within it. This makes it difficult to take a piece with one bite. The seaweed is either rolled on the outside or inside.
$ushi $ushi: The highest price ever paid for a sushi grade Bluefin Tuna was $396,000 for a 754 pound fish ($526/lb) on January 4th, 2011 at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. What makes this more interesting is that this record was 10 years to the day as the last record. Previously, the highest price ever paid for a sushi grade Bluefin Tuna was $173,600 for a 444 pound fish ($391/lb) on January 5th, 2001.
Sushi Sushi facts:
Sushi Sushi opened the first store in 1999 at BoxHill. Since then 104 stores have been added in
NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, NT and ACT
Sushi Sushi is one of the fastest growing food businesses in Australia
The Sushi Sushi team now numbers over 1100 people
Sushi Sushi chefs make Sushi Sushi products fresh daily in store