How to Eat Sushi Like a Pro
Sushi is delicious, but have you ever wondered what the correct way to eat it is? In this article, we’ll explain how to eat sushi like a pro.
Whether you’re completely new to the world of sushi, or just looking to refine your sushi knowledge, this is the article for you. Read before you pay us a visit so you know what to expect! Let’s start with the basics…
What is Sushi? 🍣
The word sushi literally refers to the sticky rice with vinegar that provides the base of many traditional Japanese dishes. Sashimi, on the other hand, refers to raw fish. Over time, sushi has come to colloquially refer to the cuisine as a whole – the combination of rice, fish, seaweed and other ingredients.
If you’re vegetarian, vegan, or new to sushi and just a little squeamish at the idea of eating raw fish, you’ll be pleased to discover that not all contemporary sushi dishes contain raw fish. At Intoku, our menus have a range of options to choose from, catering to vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free and halal, and more 🥑
Be sure to speak to our staff when ordering to make sure we provide you with the best sushi experience possible, catered to your dietary needs.
Now, a quick rundown of the different types of sushi to familiarise yourself with our menu.
A classic sushi roll consisting of a filling wrapped in a layer of sushi rice and an external nori wrapper. This is then sliced into bite-sized mouthfuls to make the most simple, common and widely recognised sushi variety. At Intoku, these come in cucumber, avocado, tuna and salmon varieties.
These are the inside-out version of maki, with the rice forming the outside rather than the seaweed. The Intoku menu includes California FC Uramaki, Scottish Farmed Salmon and Avocado Uramaki, and Vegan-Friendly Roll Uramaki.
Plain sliced raw fish, such as salmon or tuna, often dipped in soy sauce. At Intoku, we offer salmon, tuna, hamachi and seabass sashimi variations.
Simple sliced raw fish served over a little bit of rice. Intoku offers an extensive menu of fish and vegetarian nigiri, including eel, prawn, tamago (egg), inari and avocado.
Fish or vegetables, lightly fried in batter. These are incorporated into some rolls, including Intoku Kensington’s Panko Tempura Chicken Futomaki fusion rolls.
These sushi rolls are wrapped in layers of avocado or cucumber, leaving the outside resembling a dragon’s scales. Intoku’s menus offer both vegetarian and pescatarian options.
This literally means fat maki, and is, as the name suggests, a thicker version of a maki roll. They usually incorporate more ingredients. At Intoku, we offer soft shell crab futomaki rolls.
Temaki Hand Roll
A hand-rolled cone-shaped nori filled with vegetables and/or fish with sushi rice. You’ll find a variety of Temaki hand rolls at Intoku Windsor, including soft shell crab, prawn katsu, spicy tuna, and vegetarian.
Translating to ‘battleship’, these little boat shapes made of nori are filled with sushi rice and fish. At Intoku Kensington, our Gunkan menu includes inari pocket gunkan, tokwa tofu gunkan and grilled salmon gunkan.
So you’ve picked your menu item, but…
How to Eat Sushi Like a Pro 🍱
- Pour a small amount of soy sauce onto your plate. The flavours of sushi are delicate, so try not to overdo it. Dip your sushi fish side in to prevent oversaturating your rice.
- Try your sushi for taste first, then add wasabi if you fancy more spice. Some people use their chopsticks to brush a tiny bit on. Be wary, it has a bigger kick than you might think!
- Chew the sushi thoroughly to properly savour all the flavours. Sashimi and small nigiri rolls should be eaten in one bite, while larger pieces may take a couple of bites.
- Take a sip of sake or a bite of pickled ginger to cleanse your palate ready for the next piece!
- Repeat and enjoy to your heart’s desire! You might even want to ask your waiter for more…
And finally, the most important question…
Should I Use Chopsticks? 🥢
Using chopsticks can avoid getting food on your fingers or anywhere else (if you’re good at using them that is!). However, aside from sashimi, it’s actually not that common in Japan to use chopsticks for sushi. Many just use their hands, especially for traditional dishes like nigiri.
There’s also nothing wrong with using a fork to eat sushi if it makes you more comfortable! Just ask your waiter. We want everyone to have a chance to experience the joy of sushi in whatever way is best for them!