Is Sushi Really Japans Secret, To Healthy Living And Long Life?

So why do the Japanese live so much longer and healtheir than most of the rest of us? Some claim it is their diet and when you think about it Sushi does tick all the nutritional boxes.

It should suprise no one to hear that Sushi is becoming one of the fastest growing foods in the US today. Once the initial reaction to eating raw fish is over come it's incredible taste and flavour win over otherwise sceptical dinners. Few can say that the unique combination of rice and fish does not bring a new dimension to the food table.

Wasabe, of course, is better taken with soy sauce when eating sushi. On a microscopic level, however, the green stuff does much more. It kills the bacteria that may be present in the raw fish, however fresh the fish may be (tuna, salmon, etc.).

Eating sushi can be quite expensive, owing to the fact that it is labor intensive to make. The first big challenge is getting really fresh fish, definitely not just the ones that sell in the typical wet market. You have to find the fish market that sells sushi-grade fish. In some cases, they will help do the deboning for you, but for a fee, of course.

Otherwise, you will have to do the knife-processing yourself, which can take hours especially if you are dealing with a big fish. This step also requires that you use a very sharp knife. There are many good sushi books in the bookstores which can illustrate the correct way of cutting and deboning the fish.

Be aware that this is not all about the fish and is much more about the skill of the knife. Prepare sushi with out the required knife skills and it will look soggy and grainy- It will look as if the fish has been attacked rather than prepared with great skill.

There are no shortcuts on the rice either, It must be authentic Japanese sushi rice .. Uncle Bens simply won't cut it. Another point to remember don't confuse sushi with another japanese favorite sashimi . The main difference being the serving of rice. If you order sashimi and want rice make sure you order a bowl as it is not part of the dish.

Sushi types are many, but all include rice. The nigiri or hand-made sushi is the typical sushi and is ordered and served in pairs. Another type includes sushi rolls, or maki, which are made with sheets of seaweed (nori) and served as six slices. There is also pressed sushi or oshi, which is cut into small squares. And finally, there is stuffed bean curd rolls, or inarizushi.

Here are many more sushi styles. Saikuzushi, or festival sushi is an art form. Rice is tinted different colors, sectioned off and rolled. When it is sliced, complex images are created. Chirashizushi, or scattered sushi, is rice spread in a box or bowl with nine kinds of fish and vegetables scattered on top or mixed in with the rice. Chakinzushi is sushi rice in a thin omelet wrapper shaped and tied like a lady's drawstring purse. Sometimes a single pea or small shrimp decorates the ruffled part of the wrapper.

Makezushi consist of sushi rice combined with vegetables, and seafood that has been molded into special bowls of square tins and covered with pieces of sliced omelet, shrimp and vegetables. Another variation on this theme is Fukusazushi where where the molded rice is wrapped in a sheet of omelet and then turned over to hide the joins and garnished with a ribbon of seaweed (nori) and ginger.

Finally we have Temarizushi which are rice balls wrapped in thinly sliced marinated fish. Itadakimasu! (enjoy eating)

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