What is Sashimi?
In English, sashimi describes raw or uncooked fish preparations; however, this Japanese delicacy often constitutes the first course in an authentic Japanese meal. Tradition requires that sashimi, considered the finest preparation in Japanese cuisine, should be served before stronger flavors.
But what exactly is Sashimi? Sashimi usually consists of sliced seafood over white radish or daikon, serviced on a shisho leaf. While raw fish is popular, the main ingredient in sashimi may be substituted for squid, octopus, or shrimp.
What is Sushi?
Traditional sushi contains seaweed or Nori, vinegar, salt, Wasabi (Chinese Horseradish), soy sauce, ginger root, and fresh vegetables. Unlike Sashimi which is served open on the shisho leaf, the ingredients to make sushi are spread over a Makisu mat and rolled into one long sushi roll which is then cut into several pieces.
Did you know that the red fish and the white rice in sushi rolls are meant to represent the Japanese flag?
Or that a Shokunin (expert sushi chef) can roll and cut 6-8 sushi rolls in a matter of seconds?
Sushi preparation is a time-honored tradition, and involves an immense level of pride and craftsmanship. Tradition extends even to the type of tools used in sushi preparation:
Just because you know the difference doesn’t mean you have to choose. Sample all of your favorite Japanese cuisines with your local sushi bar! Kabuki Japanese Restaurant has locations in your area. For specials, locations, happy hours details, or to browse our menu, check out our website today!