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WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 40161 [post_author] => 5243 [post_date] => 2015-12-21 09:30:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-12-20 22:30:28 [post_content] => The first thing that comes to your mind when you think or talk of Japan or Japanese cuisine is the delicacy called Sushi. Sushi defines the cultural milieu of Japan and the creative effort that goes into making every single roll of Sushi makes it and artform. Masters in Japan make each bite a ride of color, texture, taste, and presentation. Surprising facts about Sushi

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Here are 10 surprising facts about sushi that you never knew and make you fall in love with it:

1. Sushi is not raw fish 

Contrary to the misconception that sushi is raw fish. The word 'sushi' refers to cooked rice that is seasoned with vinegar, sugar, and salt, and filled with other ingredients like seafood and vegetables.  

2. Sushi's substitute for  vinegar

A typical Sushi does not have to be seasoned with rice vinegar alone. You can try other variations and use lemon juice or orange juice to flavour the rice. Japanese also use the Yuzu fruit to season sushi.

3.  The meaning of Sashimi is quite literal

Those raw cutlets of meat and fish that many mistakes as sushi is known as sashimi. The word for Sashimi takes a literal meaning as the word 'Sashi' means "pierced", while 'mi' means "body".

4. 10 years of practice to become a Sushi chef

To roll a sushi perfectly, you need 10 years of training. A Sushi chef is trained extensively for 2 years about the nuances of handling Sushi. They are allowed to start working only after this training. 10 Interesting Facts about Sushi

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5. Bluefin Tuna Sushi is the costliest in the world

The highest price ever paid for a sushi grade Bluefin Tuna was $396,000 for a 342kg fish ($1,158/kg) on January 4th, 2011 at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.

6. Sushi knives are sharpened everyday

It is believed that the knives used by the sushi chefs are the direct descendants of samurai swords, and the blades should traditionally be sharpened every day to cut the fish.

7. Maki-zushi gets its name from the mat

The ingredients for making maki-zushi or sushi rolls are chosen by masters so that taste, texture, and even colours complement each other.  The bamboo mat that gives sushi rolls their cylindrical shape is called a makisu in Japanese. facts about sushi

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8. Sushi must be consumed soon after it is made/ bought

Did you know? Sushi stored in the freezer starts turning sour and loses its flavour. The fish used in the sushi oxidizes once it's cut and exposed to air, which makes it sour and hence it should be eaten soon after it is prepared.

9. Sushi meals didn't always begin with miso

Japanese usually drink miso soup at the end of a meal to aid digestion. 10 Interesting Facts about japanese Sushi

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10. Sushi is supposed to be eaten with the hands

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10 Surprising Facts About Sushi That You Never Knew

The first thing that comes to your mind when you think or talk of Japan or Japanese cuisine is the delicacy called Sushi.

Sushi defines the cultural milieu of Japan and the creative effort that goes into making every single roll of Sushi makes it and artform. Masters in Japan make each bite a ride of color, texture, taste, and presentation.

Surprising facts about Sushi

Image Courtesy: Pixabay

Here are 10 surprising facts about sushi that you never knew and make you fall in love with it:

1. Sushi is not raw fish 

Contrary to the misconception that sushi is raw fish. The word ‘sushi‘ refers to cooked rice that is seasoned with vinegar, sugar, and salt, and filled with other ingredients like seafood and vegetables.  

2. Sushi’s substitute for  vinegar

A typical Sushi does not have to be seasoned with rice vinegar alone. You can try other variations and use lemon juice or orange juice to flavour the rice. Japanese also use the Yuzu fruit to season sushi.

3.  The meaning of Sashimi is quite literal

Those raw cutlets of meat and fish that many mistakes as sushi is known as sashimi. The word for Sashimi takes a literal meaning as the word ‘Sashi’ means “pierced”, while ‘mi’ means “body”.

4. 10 years of practice to become a Sushi chef

To roll a sushi perfectly, you need 10 years of training. A Sushi chef is trained extensively for 2 years about the nuances of handling Sushi. They are allowed to start working only after this training.

10 Interesting Facts about Sushi

Image Courtesy: Pixabay

5. Bluefin Tuna Sushi is the costliest in the world

The highest price ever paid for a sushi grade Bluefin Tuna was $396,000 for a 342kg fish ($1,158/kg) on January 4th, 2011 at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.

6. Sushi knives are sharpened everyday

It is believed that the knives used by the sushi chefs are the direct descendants of samurai swords, and the blades should traditionally be sharpened every day to cut the fish.

7. Maki-zushi gets its name from the mat

The ingredients for making maki-zushi or sushi rolls are chosen by masters so that taste, texture, and even colours complement each other.  The bamboo mat that gives sushi rolls their cylindrical shape is called a makisu in Japanese.

facts about sushi

Image courtesy: Pixabay

8. Sushi must be consumed soon after it is made/ bought

Did you know? Sushi stored in the freezer starts turning sour and loses its flavour. The fish used in the sushi oxidizes once it’s cut and exposed to air, which makes it sour and hence it should be eaten soon after it is prepared.

9. Sushi meals didn’t always begin with miso

Japanese usually drink miso soup at the end of a meal to aid digestion.

10 Interesting Facts about japanese Sushi

Image Courtesy: Pixabay

10. Sushi is supposed to be eaten with the hands

If you thought you had to struggle your way to eat sushi with chopsticks, you are wrong. The traditional and the right way to eat sushi is with your hands.  Chopsticks are typically used to eat sashimi – raw slices of fish.

Now, these facts are quite surprising aren’t they? The next time you have a fantastic Sushi experience, don’t forget to buy the chef a drink!

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