Sushi: Geeky Food
What does the term “sushi” mean? So the term “sushi” doesn’t mean raw fish. Sushi means cooled rice moistened with rice vinegar. Contrary to popular belief, the origins of sushi did not start in Japan. Sushi didn’t appear in Japan until the seventh century when they started eating the fermented rice with the fermented fish. This was called “nare-zushi”: Fermented fish wrapped in sour rice. They would stuff the clean fish with rice and pour sake, Japanese rice wine, over the rice and leave the fish to ferment. Sushi as we know it today was invented in Japan by Hanaya Yohei around the end of the Edo period. Instead of fermented rice and fish to make his version of sushi, Hanaya used rice mixed with vinegar and served it with fresh raw fish that he
caught that day out of Tokyo Bay. Hanaya sushi is called nigiri sushi. It’s made with a
mound of rice and a slice of raw fish on top. Sushi in Japan was a cheap snack purchased off of street carts and enjoyed during theatre performances. Sort of like how we eat popcorn. Sushi became popular in America in the 1970 in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California. Today we see a lot of sushi fusion— California rolls and other flavor creations that stray from traditional sushi flavor, but embrace its sushi character. Did you know? Proper sushi etiquette states that you shouldn’t dip sushi in soy sauce. Unless you’re eating nigiri. If you do dip, you should only dip the fish part in the soy sauce. Sushi, who
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