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Watch: The Origins and History of Sushi

Last updated 6 years ago

Though now considered a visual and palatable art form the world over, the fine dining sushi dishes served at sushi restaurants were created virtually by accident. As this video reveals, sushi cuisine was developed in Japan over many hundreds of years.

Centuries ago, the Japanese used a method of food preservation that pickled raw fish with rice. Once the fish were thoroughly cured, the rice was thrown out. However, difficult economic times changed this tradition, as individuals could no longer afford to discard the pickled rice. Combined with shorter intervals of pickling that allowed parts of the fish to remain raw, this evolution signaled the beginning of sushi cuisine as we now know it. Though sushi is used as an all-inclusive term, it actually refers to the vinegar rice used in making these dishes. Sashimi is the proper term for the raw fish itself.

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant serves a variety of maki and nigiri sushi dishes for every palette preference. Visit one of our 11 Southern California locations to see for yourself why our sushi bars are without parallel.


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