Where do I sit?
You can sit wherever you want, but usually, there are two options. You can choose to have a table like at any other restaurant or you can sit at the sushi bar. At the sushi bar, you can watch them make sushi, which can be very exciting, but if you’re really nervous about the whole eating sushi thing, I wouldn’t recommend it.
How do I go about ordering sushi?
Well, I have to admit that this question is different for every sushi restaurant that you go to. Sometimes, there will be a special sushi menu that you actually fill out and hand to your server. You put the number of rolls that you want next to the type of roll. A “roll” is literally the entire roll of rice, so usually there will be five or six pieces of sushi in a roll. However, other restaurants just have one menu that includes the sushi and traditional Japanese dishes. Many times, there are not descriptions for well-known rolls like Philly, California, Alaska, and Boston. If you’re OCD or really nervous, you might want to do some research so you know what you’re getting.
Wait! Is sushi all raw?
No! If you’re freaked out because you don’t want to eat uncooked fish, please relax. There are plenty of cooked options on a sushi menu in addition to the raw rolls. For example, a Philly roll just has cucumber, smoked salmon, and cream cheese. Of course, I eat everything… literally, but if you really don’t want to try raw fish because of whatever fetish you have, you have other options.
How does one use chopsticks?
I may not be the perfect person to answer this question because I don’t even remember learning how. I’ve been eating sushi since before I can remember. However, I dug deep in my brain, and I have some tips. If you’re really new, some sushi restaurants will give you “training chopsticks” which are tied together and easier to use. If you’re too proud for this tactic, which I would probably be, place the chopsticks between your fingers in a position that is comfortable. Warning: keep a plate nearby to catch any slips because soy sauce stains.
What’s the difference between a green and red top on the soy sauce?
This is an excellent question, and lucky for me, there is a very easy answer. Basically, the tops show the sodium or salt content. I always use the green because it has less salt, but if you want a saltier option, go for the red!
What is the green blob and pink stuff next to the rolls on my plate of sushi?
This question can most definitely affect your health; trust me. The green “blob” is wasabi, which is very, very HOT. If you like this sort of thing, put some in your soy sauce to give your rolls a kick. If you’re like me, however, DO NOT touch it. It is very, very unpleasant in my opinion. The pink thing is pickled ginger, and I actually like it. It’s not hot or anything, and I think it has a very interesting flavor.
I hope that these questions shed some light on the scary subject of sushi, and in your last days of summer, I hope you stop by a trendy sushi restaurant for a culinary adventure. Happy kommenting :)