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The great thing about eating Sushi is that it can be eaten as an appetizer or main course in a fine Japanese restaurant or snacked on at home.  Being loaded with rich nutrients and low in calories, Sushi makes the perfect food.  For this reason, Sushi is served in homes and restaurants around the world every day. 

The three main categories of Sushi include Nigiri, which is a small rice mound topped with cooked or raw fish, Temaki, hand rolled cones of seaweed that are filled with rice, vegetables, and fish, and Norimaki or Maki, which is a combination of rice along with fish and/or vegetables all rolled up in dried seaweed, with all three having the same foundation of vinegar rice.  For each of these categories, the preparation is as unique as the presentation or serving. 

For the right presentation, Sushi should be served on authentic Japanese dishes.  Although the dishes do not have to match, they should all have a Japanese influence.  If you do not have any Japanese dishes, dark colored platters or plates are most acceptable.  If a group of people order from a Sushi bar or restaurant, or if you have a group of friends over for dinner and serve a variety of Sushi types, you would use a communal platter. 

In this situation, a nice presentation would be to serve the Norimaki Sushi in groups of four and Nigiri in pairs, or whatever combination you prefer as long as it is in even numbers.  Keep in mind that if you serve Temaki or Norimaki rolls, you should serve them to your guests first as the ingredients can cause the seaweed to become soggy. 

For any type of Sushi, the seasonings used are crucial.  The two main types of condiments served are Soy Sauce and Wasabi Sauce, which is Japanese horseradish and quite hot.  Some people in the United States have discovered that mixing a little soy sauce with the Wasabi is delicious.  However, this is taboo in Japan.  Along with these, pickled ginger slices are served but only as something to cleanse the palette between eating the different Sushi varieties.  For instance, if you were to eat Ebi, which is shrimp, you would take a small bite of the ginger to cleanse the palette before you moved to the Unagi Sushi, which is eel. 

Remember that it is perfectly fine to serve a communal platter of Sushi but every person should receive his or her own dish containing each of the condiments.  If you are having a Sushi party for people who have never enjoyed the taste and experience of Sushi, a simple card with eating instructions can be placed at each setting advising the guests that the Sushi should be dipped with the seaweed side and not the rice, which prevents it from soaking up too much of the condiment of choice. 

When going to a Sushi bar or restaurant, you would expect to be offered a hot towel used for washing your hands before picking up the Sushi to eat.  The Sushi is generally chosen from a variety of types displayed and then eaten with fingers or chopsticks.  Rather than take a small bite of the Sushi, the entire piece is considered a single bite.  For your own Sushi dinner party, you can offer guests a small hot washcloth for their hands.  Finally, serving green tea with the Sushi is another way of cleansing the palette and adds to the overall experience.  If you are a true Sushi connoisseur, the following are commonly used dishes or tools for serving or creating Sushi: 

         Sushi Maki These are small mats made from bamboo and used for rolling the Sushi, which is then cut into circles to eat

         Nigiri Sushi Mold If you prefer to use a mold rather than your hand, this mold is perfect for creating uniform shapes

         Lacquerware Lacquer is one of the primary types of plates or platters used in China and Japan for serving Sushi

         Wood Sushi Press This tool helps create the perfect Sushi roll.  Simply layer in the ingredients, press, and then cut the serving pieces to size.

         Sashimi Serving Trays Sashimi is similar to Sushi except that it includes only raw fish.  However, these serving trays can be used for both Sashimi and Sushi.

         Rectangular Servers If you love having dinner parties or intimate Sushi dinners, these servers are designed with beautiful Oriental design

         Dipping Dishes These dishes are created for dipping Sushi in the Soy Sauce and/or Wasabi


 

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