The Right Way to Eat Sushi
Is it alright to eat sushi in one bite? What’s the correct way in dipping sushi in the sauce? It’s amusing to know that there are, indeed, a few set of rules to follow in eating sushi.
And this is quite understandable, as sushi is considered to be an artful, unique dining experience in Japanese tradition.
How to dip the sauce. Conventional etiquette advises that the sushi is turned over so that only the topping is dipped. This is done for two reasons : the soy sauce is for flavoring the topping, not the rice; and because the rice would absorb too much soy sauce and would fall apart. If it is too hard to turn the sushi upside-down, then one can baste the soy sauce using gari (sliced ginger) as a brush.
The use of wasabi. Do you know that in a traditional Japanese setting, the sushi should be eaten as is so as not to offend the chef? The sushi chef is trusted to add an appropriate amount of wasabi to the sushi while preparing it, that’s why customary Japanese restaurants do not offer wasabi right away to their diners. If wasabi is added by the diner, it should be applied to the topping using chopsticks, and then the sushi picked up and dipped in soy sauce. The wasabi should not be mixed with the soy sauce, as this dulls the flavor of the said condiment. (Today, of course, wasabi is a matter of personal taste, and is mixed to the soy sauce.)
Eating sushi in one bite. The traditional sushi is made so that the entire piece can be consumed in one bite, and etiquette does consider this the correct way to eat it. However, sizes these days have become discretions of the cook, and may include too much rice or topping, making it difficult for some people to fit an entire piece in their mouth, so that two bites or more must be taken. And that, I guess, is still acceptable.
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