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What Does that Mean? Understanding the Vocabulary of Sushi

Last updated 6 years ago

Sushi is currently one of the most popular food items in the world. As a result, you can find a Japanese restaurant or sushi bar in nearly every town in America. But if you want to enhance your sushi experience (and impress your dinner guests at the same time), then you should learn to talk the lingo of sushi. To help you broaden your sushi knowledge, here is a look at some of the most common words you will encounter on the menu at a sushi bar:

  • Nigiri-zushi – This is perhaps the best-known variety of sushi in the world. Nigiri-zushi consists of a piece of seafood placed on a finger of lightly vinegared rice and seasoned with a dab of wasabi. The fish is typically served raw, although some seafood varieties are sometimes cooked.
  • Maki-zushi – Maki-zushi are the sushi rolls that you are most likely familiar with. Sushi rice and various ingredients are rolled in nori (dried seaweed) and cut into small slices. Some of the most popular varieties of Maki-zushi include the California roll, spicy salmon roll, rainbow roll, and avocado roll.
  • Sashimi – Sashimi refers to a particular style of Japanese seafood. Essentially, sashimi is an assortment of sliced raw fish served on a platter with shredded radish and other garnishes. Sashimi dishes are subtle, yet flavorful, and focus on the natural flavors of each fish. For this reason, sashimi dishes are typically served as an appetizer with drinks.
  • Chirashi – Chirashi is a traditional Japanese dish that you will find at most sushi bars. It consists of sashimi and chopped vegetables arranged over a bowl of rice. Depending on the size of the bowl and the quality of ingredients, Chirashi can either be served as a small appetizer or a set meal.

If all this talk about sushi and sushi menu terminology has made you hungry, then stop by the Kabuki location nearest you. With restaurants located throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona, Kabuki is the place to enjoy fresh sushi, traditional Japanese entrées, and delicious sake beverages. We also invite you to visit us during happy hour for great deals on sushi, appetizers, drinks, and more.



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