|Roll Out The Sushi:
Japanese Cuisine Offers a World of Exciting Flavors
Essence by Jonell Nash
Here's a menu translator of the four categories
or types of sushi:
Maki is the common paper-thin layer of toasted
seaweed topped with rice and stuffed with thin pieces
of raw or cooked fish, shellfish, egg or vegetables
and shaped into a roll. The rolls are cut into slices.
Temaki is similar to maki but is cone-shaped,
uncut and eaten by hand.
Nigiri is best known; it consists of a piece
of fish or seafood placed on an oblong-shaped finger
of vinegared rice that's seasoned with a dab of
horseradish. The fish is generally raw, however,
shellfish are sometimes cooked.
Sashimi is an assortment of sliced raw fish,
such as tuna served on a platter with garnishes.
All are eaten with distinct condiments, including
gari (pickled sliced ginger), wasabi (Japanese horseradish)
and shoyu (soy sauce).
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To Eat Sushi:
you order or are served sushi or sashimi,
your dish will come with a ball of green
paste called wasabi, thin pink slices
of ginger, and a small Japanese plate
for you to pour the soy sauce into.
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Japanese research found that wasabi
fights certain bacteria. Perhaps the
most important where eating raw fish
is concerned, wasabi is also effective
against Anisakis parasites that live
in fish and can enter the human digestive
system. Some studies have even found
that wasabi has anti-cancer properties.
sukiyaki, sashimi, sushi - even the
words used to describe the most basic
of Japanese dishes are exotic and beautiful.
Japanese cuisine is easily one of the
healthiest in the world, with its concentration
on fresh fish, seafood, rice and vegetables.
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