Travels to Tokyo offered me many food experiences. Seeing the Japanese fish market, where frozen tuna and other fish served as sushi could be bought was just amazing. In the wee hours of the morning, restauranteurs negotiate over their selection of fish for their customers. Sushi began centuries ago in Japan as a method of preserving fish. The original style of sushi was made with freshwater carp called narezushi. Cleaned, raw fish were pressed between layers of rice. Then they were pressed with a stone. It was not until the eighteen century that a chef named Yohei created the sushi that is served today.
What do you need to make sushi? Rice, fish and other seafood, seaweed (called nori), soybeans (to make tofu), and horseradish (called wasabi). Sushi rice, combined with vinegar and sugar, which reduces the tartness of the vinegar, is formed into a small cube. A dab of wasabi, the green “hot tasting” paste of horseradish, can be placed on top of this rice cube. Then, to create nigiri-sushi, select the type of fish you want to eat. My favourites include fresh, uncooked salmon, toro, octopus, scallop, and mackerel. The salmon and mackerel are very fatty, and are high in omega-3’s. You can venture to one of the many sushi restaurants in the Saint Louis area and discover your favourite sushi restaurant.
If you venture into a traditional Japanese restaurant in Tokyo, you will discover a display window of fake sushi. It is exciting to know you can enjoy sushi without speaking any Japaneses, just point and smile, with the number of fingers showing the server how many pieces of sushi you want to order.
Remember to search out fresh fish and seafood to make your sushi. Better yet, if you, or your guests feel uncomfortable eating raw fish, cook them. You can cook shrimp or scallops and prepare your sushi the same way as if you were using raw shrimp and scallops. Try to tempt your dining guests with being creative and make lobster sushi. Smoking your lobster first will create a unique flavour that will be remembered by your dinner guests. Enticing flavours of sushi can promote your delicious sushi dining experience to family and friends.
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