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Etiquette 101: Sushi Mistakes You Should Avoid

While you can enjoy sushi anyway you like, learn about the certain sushi mistakes that we don't want to commit when we are eating in sushi bars and restaurants.

As a sushi lover, you might have wondered about sushi mistakes that you are committing when you are in sushi bars and restaurants. Take note that knowing how to use chopsticks is not enough when we are talking about sushi etiquette.  You can even use your hands if that is easier for you.

Here are some sushi mistakes to avoid the next time you get invited to a sushi party.

Drowning Your Sushi in Soy Sauce

The unspoken rule about soy sauce is to pour only the amount that you would use. Over dipping in soy sauce can affect the flavors in your sushi. Remember that the chefs worked very hard to ensure that the flavors and the textures are balanced, so good sushi would not normally need that much more seasoning.

If your sushi came with its own sauce, do not use soy sauce anymore. Many chefs do not recommend adding wasabi to soy sauce, as it can interfere with the flavors that the sushi chef wanted you to experience.

However, if you want to use soy sauce, remember to dip the nori or the seaweed, and not your rice.

Using Ginger as Garnish

You have probably seen piles of ginger on top of sushi, and this is a sushi faux pas. Ginger is usually pickled to be used as a palate cleanser, not a garnish. You can eat it between different cuts of fish and not with sushi in the same bite.

Not Minding the Other Garnish

Sushi orders can sometimes include shiso leaves or white horseradish. Do not disregard them! They do not only taste good, but they also help you digest oily fish such as tuna, mackerel, and salmon.

Eating Sushi Cold

Sushi rice should be warm and soft, and this can only be achieved when it has just been prepared. Warm rice helps you enjoy the fish flavor by taking the edge off.

Eating Sushi Rolls Before the Sashimi

Traditionally, sashimi should be eaten first before maki-zushi or the futomaki. It is also important to make sure that the pieces are small enough to be eaten in one bite.

Using Brown Rice in Sushi

Rice used in making sushi is usually short-grained, and does not become gummy or sticky. Brown rice, on the other hand, is chewier and its texture is tougher. This is why brown rice is not commonly used to make your favorite sushi.

Now that you are armed with the knowledge to avoid various sushi mistakes, you can start browsing Sushi.com for sushi restaurants near you that deliver.