Sushi holds a special place in the hearts of many foodies. This traditional Asian dish is beautiful to look at, and it delights diners around the world.
Despite sushi’s popularity, there are still many myths surrounding it. We have compiled a list of some of the most common.
1. Myth: Always use soy sauce
Soy sauce has been a popular condiment for thousands of years. This sauce is a mixture of brine, roasted grains, Aspergillus molds, and the byproduct of fermented soybeans. It originated in China during the Western Han Dynasty, which spans 206 BC to 220AD.
Many people dip their sushi in soy sauce. However, the saltiness of the sauce can sometimes overpower the delicate flavors. Expert sushi chefs dilute the sauce to create nikiri, which is a subtler flavor.
2. Myth: Japanese people eat lots of sushi
We’ve already said that sushi doesn’t originate in Japan. People all over the world have enjoyed sushi since the early 1900s when it was introduced to America by Japanese immigrants fleeing from the Meiji Restoration.
However, surveys have shown that Japanese people consume a similar or lower amount of food than those in the west.
3. Myth: Wasabi and Sake are necessary for sushi
Even though most Japanese don’t eat sushi every day, they are able to make it and know what to eat with it. Many people choose Sake when it comes to drinks. Sake, a rice product that doesn’t add any flavor to sushi already containing a large amount of grain, isn’t really a part of sushi. Green tea and beer are the traditional beverages that sushi connoisseurs prefer.
Many diners choose wasabi when it comes to sauces. Sometimes this is because they like the novelty. Wasabi was not intended to be used in all types of sushi, at least not in large amounts. The sushi chefs take care when making the dish. Most sushi already has wasabi so adding more can cause the dish to lose its flavor. Sashimi is a rare exception. Adding a little wasabi or soy sauce to your dish before you eat it enhances its flavor.
4. Myth: Sushi is good for you
Although the idea that sushi is healthy doesn’t necessarily hold true, it is important to remember that sushi that we eat today is very different from sushi that was eaten thousands of years ago. It sounds healthy, right? The basic ingredients of the past centuries have been replaced by industrially farmed fish and white rice with sugar.
5. Myth: Sushi must be eaten with chopsticks
You’ll likely see many chopsticks in a sushi restaurant located in a western country. You may be surprised to discover that sushi is best eaten with your hands, not traditional East Asian utensils.
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