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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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