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30 Fun Facts About Sushi and Anything Japanese

on 18th Dec, 2017
As more and more people become interested in Japanese food and finding the best sushi restaurants in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, everyone is seeking out new information about this exceptional cuisine. There are a lot of things to know about sushi and other traditional Japanese foods, especially if you’ve never had the opportunity to enjoy some of it yourself.

With that in mind, here are some of the most interesting sushi trivia, Japanese restaurant tidbits, and sushi health facts found today.

1.       Sushi isn’t originally from Japan. It originated along the Mekong River in southeast Asia over 2,000 years ago, finally making its way into Japanese culture in approximately the 8th century.

2.       When sushi arrived in Japan, it was so highly valued that citizens were able to use it to pay their taxes.

3.       What people consider “authentic” sushi was actually discovered relatively recently and is referred to as Edomae-zuchi today.

4.       Sushi is actually traditionally eaten using one’s fingers, historically taking only one or two bites for each piece, though sashimi sashimi is normally consumed using chopsticks.

5.       Academic believe that the word “sushi” is based on an older Japanese word that means “acid” or “tart.”

6.       The term “sushi” originally referred to a form of fermented rice that was used as a method for preserving fish.

7.       A sushi order doesn’t inherently involve raw fish, unlike sashimi. Sushi can include cooked or raw fish, depending on the dish selected.

8.       White or brown rice can be used in making sushi.

9.       Nori is a roasted seaweed used to bind the fish and rice together in sushi preparations.

10.   Traditionally, sushi rice should not be dipped in soy sauce, as it is considered uncouth if one causes the rice to unbind while eating the dish. Only the fish portion should be dipped in soy sauce, though it should never be removed from the rice as that is considered rude in Japanese culture.

11.   The wasabi featured in most restaurants isn’t genuine wasabi, as it is uncommon to find it outside of Japan and some other island nations. Usually, the wasabi is actually a combination of horseradish and mustard powder that is dyed green.

12.   Sushi makers pride themselves in creating a balanced dish, as a sushi meal that lacks balance is not considered to be good.

13.   The flavors of sushi dishes are also meant to represent the seasons, so choosing a fish that is considered in the season is preferred, mainly since it is considered to be more flavorful at that time.

14.   When eating a selection of sushi, always proceed from light to dark, as darker colored sushi tends to have a stronger flavor.

15.   The addition of vinegar is what gives sushi rice its unique flavor.

16.   Fugu is considered the most famous type of sushi. It features puffer wish which, when prepared incorrectly, can be poisonous. Only licensed chefs are permitted to serve Fugu in Japan, and the emperor is forbidden from ever tasting the dish.

17.   Bluefin tuna is one of the most popular sushi order options, particularly in Japan. One record-setting bluefin tuna was sold for $1.8 million USD, and weight 222-kilograms.

18.   The California roll, a form of inside-out sushi, was actually developed in the United States.

19.   Sushi chefs are some of the best-trained chefs in the world, as they must have a deep understanding of the properties of raw fish, including any biochemical changes that occur when the fish are slaughtered, as well as how to eliminate parasites to ensure safe dining.

20.   Traditionally, it took 10 years of training before one could become a sushi chef. Now, modern sushi chefs can begin working after two years of training.

21.   Sushi is especially high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

22.   A common nigiri sushi roll can be considered a healthy meal, typically containing only 350 calories, 10 grams of protein, and 3 grams of healthy unsaturated fats. It is also low in sodium.

23.   Sushi has what is referred to as the “fifth taste,” called umami, which is also found in cheese, meat, kelp, asparagus, and tomatoes.

24.   Japanese food chefs believe a good sushi knife was imbued with a soul by the craftsman who created, sharpened, or fitted it, leading them to treat the blade with the utmost respect and care.

25.   Seaweed often featured in sushi and other Japanese cuisines, is thought to be particularly healthy thanks to the presence of fucoidans, which may have anti-cancer and neuroprotective qualities.

26.   Miso, which is made from fermented soybeans, is considered a source of beneficial probiotics.

27.   Adzuki beans, found in many Japanese desserts, including ice cream and cake, are high in protein, minerals, and fiber, making a sweet treat made from the red-brown Adzuki bean healthier than many other traditional recipes.

28.   In Japan, slurping your noodles or soup is considered a sign of appreciation to the chef.

29.   Simplicity is often a priority in Japanese food, with most ingredients being altered as little as possible during the preparation phase to ensure they maintain their proper color and flavor.

30.   Traditional Japanese cuisine, called washoku, is second of only three food traditions recognized by the United Nations for their cultural significance. The other two are French, which was the first to receive the honor, and Mexican, which is the third.

Sushi and Japanese cuisine are incredibly popular throughout the world, making it a favourite restaurant and food delivery option throughout Saudi and the UAE. And, as you can see, there are a lot of fascinating sushi health facts and Japanese food preparations traditions that define the truly authentic experience, many of which can be found in the region.

If you would like to enjoy a taste of Japan before the end of the year, make sure to stop by Sushi Counter for some of the best sushi in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh. You are sure to be delighted by the experience.

30 Fun Facts About Sushi and Anything Japanese

As more and more people become interested in Japanese food and finding the best sushi restaurants in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, everyone is seeking out new information about this exceptional cuisine. There are a lot of things to know about sushi and other traditional Japanese foods, especially if you’ve...