Japanese cuisine is a mix of authentic flavours and artistic presentation. The Japanese believe in the purity of the ingredients and keep their delicacies as simple as possible. Sushi is among the most popular dishes in and outside Japan. It can even be considered a creation of gastronomical wonders!

What is Sushi? Sushi goes far beyond ‘raw fish.’ It is a quintessential Japanese dish prepared with vinegared sushi rice and crafted to visual bliss. For a first-timer, eating it might seem confusing and messy. Here’s how you can do it right: ideally, sushi is served with a choice of three condiments – soy sauce, wasabi (a dry green paste) and gari (pickled ginger). These condiments can be used to enhance the flavours of the ingredients already used.

Sushi is usually categorised based on flavour, shape, or size. Different types of sushi may have to be eaten differently. Although chopsticks offer a delicate grip and are the most commonly used cutlery for eating sushi, the Japanese use their hands sometimes – a feather touch is recommended.

Let’s decode the different types of Sushi!

Nigiri – fish wrapped over rice

Nigiri Sushi, Source: Pixabay

Literally, Nigiri means “hand-pressed sushi”. Traditionally, it is prepared with a thin slice of neta (any ingredient) rolled over small balls of sushi rice. Although not all nigiri is raw, it is ideal for those who want to savour the taste of fresh fish, shellfish or other seafood. Usually, Nigiri Sushi is bite-sized and should be eaten at once. However, if the sushi size is too big, it is acceptable to take smaller bites but use your hands to hold it.

Maki – rice & filling rolled in nori

Maki sushi ranges from Hosomaki being the smallest with a crunchy filling to Futomaki being the largest, literally meaning “fat rolled sushi.” This westernised form of Sushi has different varieties based on the filling or the way it’s rolled. The common Maki Sushi include the California roll, Spider roll, Spicy Tuna roll and Dragon roll. It is the most common type of Sushi prepared with nori sheets wrapped over rice and fillings. Since the fillings are all wrapped up, it can be eaten like any other roll.

Uramaki – inside-out rolls

Uramaki

Uramaki is similar to Maki but here the rice is wrapped over nori. It was evolved to suit the Western palate but has become a staple for sushi lovers now. It may be served raw or cooked with a variety of condiments. If you are curious about sushi but the nori texture makes you uncomfortable, Uramaki can be your go-to choice of sushi.

Temaki – cone-shaped sushi rolls

This cone-shaped sushi is prepared with rice, and a variety of fillings known as neta rolled with nori sheets. It is important to prepare temaki with the ingredients pretending to spill out of the cone. There are two simple yet important rules of eating temaki:

  1. Eat it fresh, before the nori sheets lose their texture and feel like cloth.
  2. Use your hands to eat it.

With sushi rice, your favourite meat (sliced to bite-sized pieces) and vegetables all rolled up into a delicious treat, Temaki is a winner of all sushi-lovers!

Sashimi, raw fish without rice

Sashimi, Source: Pexel

Unlike Sushi, Sashimi is just raw fish without rice. Thinly sliced, uncooked meat is usually served with daikon radish, pickled ginger, wasabi and soy sauce to complement the natural flavours of fresh seafood. Popularly Sashimi includes salmon, tuna, octopus, scallop and sea urchin.
Bangalore embraces a veritable cauldron of people, culture, and cuisines. The chef-crafted menus of the pan-Asian restaurants in Bangalore have harmonised Japanese flavours to suit the Indian taste-buds.

If you are craving sushi, Sriracha, Shiro, 1Q1 or Misu could be your top picks! Entrée-in a delicious sushi platter now!