Japanese Street Food
Whenever we think of Japan, sushi might be the primary things that come to mind. It may well come as a shock for you until this world-renowned Japanese food comes with an inspiring slum dog-to-millionaire history. The sushi that individuals all enjoy today have their historical roots in fermented fish and rice dishes, but the contemporary version will depend on a fast-food dish that catered to Tokyo theater-goers and passers-by from the late 1700s, precisely since it consisted of non-fermented fish. This was referred to as "Edomae Nigirzushi," that utilized fish caught in Tokyo (Edo, in the past) Bay.
Most of the people don't understand that the name "sushi" refers to the vinegar-rice - not the raw fish. In other words, sushi with raw fish, fresh cucumbers, and even cooked eel, is sushi since it is accompanied (or accompanies, rather) that sweet-sour-and-bitter sushi rice all of us love. Should you be only thinking about the raw fish, not a problem - just request sashimi.
Japanese sushi will come in several shapes and forms. Interestingly, you do not see sushi in roll form ("maki") as often inside a Japanese sushi restaurant as you would in the Western sushi joint. In Japan, expect to have mostly "nigiri" sushi - a hand-formed part of rice, topped which has a fish or veggie as well as a dab of wasabi or another toppings. Just as an anecdote, "nigiri" sushi evolved from a favorite street food where rice and fish were pressed together in a bamboo box.
Prices vary much more. Today, it is simple to pay 30,000 to get a 3-star Michelin experience for 20 bits of sushi with the famous Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo's Ginza Station (featured inside the film "Jiro Wants Sushi"), or get small boxed sushi at the convenience store for 250. On the cheap end you can find the 100 per plate "kaitenzushis," or "running sushi." The cost, however, won't necessarily reflect the flavour, because sushi is usually about the rice - and rice isn't expensive. The cost will correlate using the freshness in the fish, with its meal. In any event, you are sure to discover a sushi eatery that suits your fancy (plus your budget).
In case you are a new comer to sushi eating in Japan, here are a few tips:
1. The pin tea as well as the fresh ginger function as palate cleansers. So take a drink along with a bite between delectable sushi. I say this ginger-tea combo is better than french counterpart of cheese and wine. My French friend agrees.
2. It's equally acceptable you can eat sushi with chopsticks with your fingers. If you are not at ease with the previous, there's no need to embarrass yourself.
3. When dipping sushi in soy sauce, ensure you dip the topping, and not the rice. Adding soy sauce to rice in Japan is offensive, particularly when it's specially treated sushi rice.
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