FOOD GUIDE: Sushi (すし, 寿司, 鮨)


Sushi (すし, 寿司, 鮨) is the most famous Japanese food around the world. It is made with rice soaked in vinegar, topped with ingredients such as raw seafood or vegetables. Rice is the hero of the dish. Other ingredients vary depending on what customers like.

Preparation of sushi is very crucial though, and chefs around the globe are finding easier ways to make it. It can be prepared in either white or brown rice. Initially sushi was served with only seafood, but later, as per the choice of the diner, its recipe evolved. Chefs introduced picked vegetables as well to add more taste. Different types of meat can be used while making sushi.

Origin of sushi is traced back to Mekong River, in Southeast Asia. The word “sushi” comes from an old language, meaning “sour tasting”. Narezushi is the oldest form of sushi in Japan. Because of its popularity, the recipe for making sushi is ever-evolving with chefs trying to localize it to fit different cultures.

Nutrition-wise, sushi is listed under healthy food group. Since it consists of raw fish and rice which makes it low fat and high in protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Other ingredients like vegetables and meat are also full of protein, vitamins and minerals. Most of its seafood components contain omega 3 fatty acid which is very healthy.

Sushi is served on Japanese-styled wooden plate to make it look good and capture its traditional essence. It is served with different sauces, from sweet to sour and spicy. A sushi dinner is usually less expensive in Japan.