SUSHI & SASHIMI
You may assume that in Japan, being a land surrounded by the sea,
plenty of fish is eaten. Indeed, the Japanese eat lots of fish in
many variations: baked, cooked, grilled, fried and last but not
least raw. In addition, the Japanese island is very mountainous.
The little land that can be used in an agricultural way serves for the
cultivation of rice. These two facts make it logic that the
combination of rice and raw fish is a very loved meal in
Japan - Sushi. Among other things, the Japanese eat raw fish
completely without any side dishes. This is called Sashimi.
Japan · 日本
SUSHI · 寿司
Sushi are covered or filled bite-size portions of rice that is
spiced with vinegar before. Mostly the tidbits are covered or
filled with raw fish, but there are variations of Sushi with
vegetables, eggs and many other things. In past times, the raw
fish was made edible by using vinegared rice. This is the basis
for the way of preparation today. Sushi exists in many shapes.
The two best known and most popular shapes are
Nigiri-zushi and Maki-zushi.
Nigiri-zushi are formed out of rice by hand and covered
with the fish. For making Maki-zushi, you spread out
rice on a bamboo mat, cover it with the fish and roll it. Sushi
usually serves as a full meal.
SASHIMI · 刺身
Sashimi is raw fish carved in thin slices. It is prepared
elaborately and is eaten without any side dishes. Sashimi
normally is a starter.