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Anatomy of a Sushi Roll

Last updated 6 years ago

Hand-rolled sushi has amazed taste buds for centuries. Review these sushi design summaries before sampling the cuisine sensation for yourself.

Sushi Set-Up Basics. Norimaki refers to the type of sushi most commonly enjoyed by patrons outside of Japan. Seaweed is wrapped around sushi rice, vegetables, and seafood. The layers of flavor incorporated into Norimaki contribute to its international appeal. Nigiri is quite visually distinctive. Brightly colored cuts of fish such as tuna, eel, and shrimp are layered over small bed of rice. Gunkan cups are made from seaweed and sushi rice. These tasty appetizers are usually filled with delectable fish eggs. Temkizushi seaweed resembles a cone and carries extra helpings of vegetables, rice, and fish.

Common Ingredients. Vegetables typically found in sushi include carrots (ninjin), radish (takuan}, and cucumber (kyuuri). Wasabi paste, made from Japanese horseradish, is used to add spicy flavors to your favorite sushi dishes. A wide range of seafood options offers dynamic flavor options for the adventurous sushi diner. Fish choices include tuna belly (toro), halibut (ohyou), sardine (iwashi), and flounder (hirame). Shellfish like shrimp (ebi) and clam (hamaguri) are also popular choices for adding protein to sushi of your choice.

Tips for First Timers. When trying sushi for the first time, there are a few strategies for guaranteeing a scrumptious meal. Begin with flavors you’re already familiar with. Raw salmons and scallops, for example, taste very similar to their cooked counterparts. Red snapper (tai) and mackerel (saba) are great choices for patrons looking to try subtle new tastes. Vegetarian sushi is also a great alternative for those who want to experience the fun of sushi dining without the seafood flavors.

Reviewing the anatomy of a roll can help boost your confidence when trying new sushi flavors. The best way to perfect your sushi skills is by practicing an authentic sushi bar. Visit Kabuki to experience the traditional tastes of Japan.  We have a fantastic sushi happy hour - we hope to see you soon!


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