Sushi is a Japanese delicacy consisting of cooked vinegared rice (shari) combined with other ingredients (neta). Neta and forms of sushi presentation vary, but the ingredient which all sushi have in common is shari. The most common neta is seafood.
Consists of cold cooked rice dressed with vinegar that is shaped into bite-sized pieces and topped with raw or cooked fish, or formed into a roll with fish, egg, or vegetables and wrapped in seaweed or stuffed in a small tofu pouch.
Their are many common varieties of sushi served in most sushibars and restaurants. While some only serve the typical items, many have their own unique combinations well worth the try.
Types of sushi
- Chirashizushi, is a bowl of sushi rice topped with a variety of sashimi and garnishes
- Inarizushi is a pouch of fried tofu filled with usually just sushi rice.
- Makizushi is a cylindrical piece, formed with the help of a bamboo mat
- Narezushi s a traditional form of fermented sushi. Skinned and gutted fish are stuffed with salt, placed in a wooden barrel, doused with salt again, then weighed down with a heavy tsukemonoishi (pickling stone)
- Nigirizushi onsists of an oblong mound of sushi rice that the chef presses into a small rectangular box between the palms of the hands, usually with a bit of wasabi, and a topping (the neta) draped over it.
- Oshizushi A block-shaped piece formed using a wooden mold