Sushi is - no exaggeration - the greatest food in the entire world, ever in the entire history of food. There will be no greater food invented in the future. Sushi is perfect. We cannot get enough sushi. If the only food in the world was sushi, we'd be really happy. In fact, how can we make that happen? Is there a petition we can sign to abolish all other foods and only allow sushi as the singular food-form?
Sushi has always been a fancy-pants dish, even though it's from the streets. The food is strongly associated with Tokyo. It used to be a street dish. However, when the earthquake of 1923 happened, the price of real estate in Tokyo went down. This allowed sushi vendors to purchase buildings and that's how sushi got off the streets (and presumably into your belly).
Making sushi is an art form. In order to become a sushi chef, you need two years of training. But it takes ten years of working with sushi to truly master sushi making. And that is the moment when you can truly call yourself a sushi chef. As is turns out, it might take ten years of eating sushi to master that as well.
Because this is the internet, it shouldn't come as a surprise to you that you've been doing something wrong this whole time. This time it's sushi. You've been eating sushi completely wrong for your whole life. Here's how to do it properly.
For starters, the most important ingredient in sushi is not actually raw fish. It's the rice, the deliciously seasoned rice. Fittingly, the word "sushi" doesn't mean "raw fish" like most people think. It actually refers to the rice which is seasoned with vinegar, sugar and salt. Sorry, fish. Looks like we were making a bigger deal out of you than we should have.
When you eat sushi, you're not supposed to use chopsticks. Which is fine by us, because we never really learned how to use them. Don't tell our dates! You're supposed to eat sushi rolls with your fingers, which is honestly better because it's more fun. But there's more that you're doing wrong when you eat sushi. Read on...
You're supposed to dip the seaweed part of the sushi into the soy sauce. Don't do it head on. That's wrong. And don't dip it heavily into the soy sauce. That's wrong too. Who knew that eating sushi was so rigid?
We bet that you put your ginger into the soy sauce or you lay it on top of the sushi. You're not supposed to do that either. It's meant to be a palate cleanser between sushi rolls. Kind of like bread at a wine tasting. And you're also supposed to eat the ginger with your fingers. You had us at, "Eat it with your fingers."
Okay, so that covers sushi rolls. What about the sushi that's just raw fish laid out on rice? There's a specific way to eat those too, and you're going to need your chopsticks for this. Sorry, you can't use your hands on this one.
Things get hyper specific, because who knew that eating sushi was such a detailed art form? Touch the fish on top with one chopstick while touching the rice on bottom with the other chopstick. It's kind of like a sushi sandwich. Actually, a sushi sandwich sounds kind of good...
And if you're going to dip your sushi into soy sauce, stop for a minute. You've probably been doing that wrong, too. Do not - we repeat - do not dip the rice side of the sushi into the soy sauce. Dip the fish side. This is sushi! There are rules!
Okay, one more thing about eating sushi that you're fudging up. We promise. If you're eating it at a table instead of at the counter, you're eating it wrong. Yeah, even something as simple as the location of your meal can be botched up. Who knew?
Turns out, sushi eaten at a counter has a different taste than sushi eaten at a table. The temperature of your food can actually change the way it tastes on your tongue. So not only does sitting at the sushi counter make you feel cool, it makes your food taste better.
Now that you know how to eat it properly, get your sushi on! Of course, if you're getting grocery store sushi, all of these rules go out the window. Except the one about eating it with your hands, but you were going to do that anyway.