10 Facts About Your Favorite Japanese Food, Sushi

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Are you fond of dining in a Japanese restaurant just to order Sushi? This popular food from Japan actually did not originated from Japan. Keep on reading to learn more.


1
Knives used by sushi chefs are the direct descendants of samurai swords, and the blades should traditionally be sharpened every day.

2
Many people believe that sushi means raw fish. Actually, sushi means vinegared rice.

3
Sushi dates back to at least the second century A.D., beginning as a method of preserving fish in China.

4
Sushi caught on originally as a cheap, quick snack to eat with the hands while enjoying a theater performance.

5
Your wasabi is probably not real wasabi. Real wasabi comes from the root of the wasabia japonica plant, not horseradish.

6
Originally, sushi rice was never eaten.

7
Sushi is supposed to be eaten with the hands.

8
Even fresh sushi is frozen first. Fish that's "fresh out of the ocean" is often dangerous to eat.

9
Leaving behind a small pond of soy sauce with floating rice and remnants of your meal is extremely bad form.

10
Approximately 80% of the world's bluefin tuna catch is used for sushi.

11
Sushi is mostly low in fat and high in protein.

12
The favoured technique is to turn the sushi upside down while dipping in order to season the topping as opposed to the rice.

13
Traditionally, a sushi chef or itamae trains for 10 years before serving this Japanese food in a restaurant.

14
The first International Sushi Day was 18 June 2009, a celebration of this world-wide phenomenon of Japanese food.

15
Sashimi is not always fish; it can also be raw beef or lightly cooked octopus.