Considered to be the quintessential Japanese food, Sushi comes in a variety of forms and flavors. Although there have been many Americanized appearances of sushi like California rolls, or salmon and avocado roll that are familiar to many, there is an entire range of sushi flavors, types, and sizes that have evolved since we know it!
Sushi is all about freshness, presentation, and flavor! While a true sushi connoisseur would know the difference in tastes, would be aware of the members of the sushi family, the actual distinction lies in the ingredients – rice, seafood, or any meat which makes sushi a novel and likable specialty.
So, if you are a newbie in the world of sushi delights, we can help you out with some common types that you may encounter in Japan or any other place serving authentic Sushi!
Maki rolled sushi is one of the most common varieties of sushi. It includes fish and fresh vegetables rolled in rice and wrapped in a cylindrical roll with crispy and roasted nori seaweed, cut into bite-sized pieces.
You will find that many sushi restaurants serve these mouthwatering Maki rolls with ingredients like spicy tuna and salmon and even vegetables. For customers who don’t eat fish, many restaurants serve maki rolls filled with deliciously flavored chicken.
Larger than an average sushi roll, the Temaki almost resembles an ice-cream cone. When translated, Temaki means “handroll” and comes in a significantly larger size than other sushi rolls. Containing rice and flavored meats and vegetables, this decadent treat makes for an excellent dinner as well as a regular snack! Gaining popularity across sushi platters, the Temaki has earned brownie points for its unique appearance, savory ingredients, and great taste!
Also called inside out rolls, the Uramaki is different from traditional sushi rolls. Made reversely – rice outside and nori (seaweed) inside, the Uramaki has gained popularity with its unconventional look and taste. Having evolved ever since the introduction of the California roll, it has become a quick favorite of the sushi lovers all over. Perfect for beginners, this sushi roll can be made with fantastic East meets West flavors.
Having a basic distinction from sushi, Sashimi is served as thinly sliced salmon or tuna fish without the rice. Served uncooked, the popular forms of Sashimi are salmon, tuna, scallop, octopus, and even sea urchin. It is usually served on a bed of daikon radish or accompanied with wasabi, pickled ginger, and soy sauce. So, if you place an order for Sashimi, expect a plate of different types of sliced raw fish. The accompaniments are added to enhance the natural raw flavor of raw seafood.
One of the most original forms of sushi, the Nigiri comprises of raw fish that is thinly sliced and served on a bed of sushi rice. Some types of Nigiri are served wrapped in seaweed like Unagi and Kani while others simply have seared or raw fish in them. A more traditional form of sushi, the Nigiri is believed to have originated in the 19th century and has evolved since then.
There you have it – the most common types of sushi that are available around you! With or without rice, seared, roasted, or cooked or simply served raw, sushi is an experience everyone should have! So, go out there and experiment with your taste buds at Wasaabi, you may end up loving it!
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