I admit it, often times when I go to sushi with my family it is so delicious that I wolf it down without a pause. While sushi is amazing, so much skill and balance goes into the creation of each dish to ensure that it is both aesthetically pleasing as well as perfectly harmonized in flavor that it seems almost sacrilege to tuck into it like a famished animal.
Next time I go for sushi, I am going to make sure I eat sushi properly. I want to respect the art, and so I have compiled a few little rules that I am going to live by for my next sushi adventure.
1. Eat the first piece of every roll without soy sauce.
I’ve known some chefs in my life, and one of the things they cringe at most is seeing a customer load on the salt without first tasting the dish. While I love soy sauce, I see it as a similar condiment to salt, especially considering its salinity which can both enhance or completely overwhelm a dish. The next time I go for sushi, I will savor the first bite without soy sauce, and season the next lightly to appreciate how the chef wanted the dish to be enjoyed.
2. Try something new
I find that when I go to a sushi place repeatedly, I start to fall into a delicious rut of ordering only the dishes which I know are my favorites. While this is a good strategy because I know I am guaranteed a good meal, this leads to a whole world of rolls that I never get a chance to experience. Next time, I am going to either try something completely new, or simply let the chef decide on one of my picks that he would recommend. And hey, getting the chef’s recommendation will probably end up netting me the freshest sushi!
3. Eat slowly!
Now my love of sushi has lead me to all you can eat sushi joints that have trained me to stuff myself with sushi, often urged on by chefs who enjoy nothing more than seeing me and my friends gorge ourselves on roll after roll, especially if it is a quiet night. Next time I go out for sushi, I am going to eat slowly and take some time to savor the unique flavors of each roll. Life is a bustle these days, and sushi could be a welcome escape, sipping green tea in between bites that explode with flavor.
While I love sushi, I can’t help but admit that my love goes far beyond my knowledge of the subject. Do you have any tips that could enhance my sushi experience? I’d be grateful if you shared them in a comment below!
I have always been fascinated by the creation and culture of different foods, particularly sushi and sashimi in the modern era of Japanese cuisine. I am a classically trained chef and sushi connoisseur, also having operated a food service company and enjoy investigating and experimenting with food around the world.