We all know and love Sushi, it is not only healthy and tasty but has an interesting history which dates back to the year 718, from Southeast Asia to China to Japan the dish changed and made its way into the modern world. Discover 10 Interesting facts about Sushi you probably didn’t know of.
The Origin of Sushi
Sushi is believed to have originated in Southeast Asia, where it was called “sashimi” which means “pierced body.” Later on it made its way to South China and then to Japan, in the 1960s Sushi finally arrived in the United States and gained popularity since then. The first restaurant to introduce the world of Sushi to the United States was called “The Kawafuku” and is said to be “the first true sushi bar”.
The Origin of The Word Sushi
The word sushi comes from the word “susu,” which means vinegar. Sushi literally means “sour-tasting”, even though none of us probably ever have tasted sour Sushi, the reason for that is that the preparation of Sushi back then was a lot different. To preserve raw fish it was a common practice to put it into fermented rice, and later on add vinegar to it, they discovered that vinegar itself is such a good preservation that fermented rice wasn’t of any need anymore.
The First Mention of Sushi
The first mention of sushi in written form dates back to 718, published in a book called “Yoro Code”. The Yoro Ritsuryo Code was a fundamental law in ancient Japan and served as a general prescription for the political system.
Types of Sushi
There are 6 types of sushi that are recognized by the government in Japan, and they all vary greatly in color, flavor, and texture.
The first and most popular type of Sushi is called “Nigiri” and consists of raw fish gently covering pressed rice. Nigiri’s origin is dated back to the 1800s where it was named “Edomae Sushi”. A man called Hanaya Yohei is said to be the first man to open a Sushi stall in Ryogoku serving the later famous Nigiri Sushi.
The next type of Sushi is called Sashimi, while Nigiri covers the rice with raw fish, Sashimi prepares thin slices of raw fish next to eachother. Sashimi is said to be the finest dish to eat, and is recommended as a first opener when ordering Sushi.
While other types of Sushi are served on a plate, Chirashi is served in a bowl or box, together with rice, raw fish and other ingredients.
Oshizushi is the most aesthetic form of Sushi, it is pressed into a “cube” and mostly served on a plate in pieces. The wide variety of toppings makes it a unique type of dish that many call their favorite. The origin of Oshizushi is said to be dated way back 400 years ago in Kansai, Osaka.
Temaki is the equivalent of hand-food, literally. Temaki is prepared with various fillings, consisting of surimi, rice, tuna and various types of vegetables.
Uramaki is also one of the most popular Japanese traditions next to Temaki, it is prepared with rice on the outside and various stuffings for the inside, including vegetables, raw fish and sauces. The origin of Uramaki is said to be Los Angeles, by a Japanese chef named Ichiro Mashita.
The Serving of Sushi
Sushi is not just a popular food choice in the US, but also in Japan. Traditionally, sushi is served on top of a bowl of rice seasoned with vinegar-based rice wine called “sake.” Sake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage used for Sushi since mankind can think, whenever you have Sushi in front of you, Sake won’t be missing. Sake is an essential part of all types of Sushi creations and adds the best flavor to it. Another essential part of Sushi is soy sauce, it is commonly mixed with wasabi paste and ginger root for a maximum flavor.
Secret Health Benefits of Sushi
We covered the health benefits of Sushi before, but there are even more secret health benefits when it comes to the world of Sushi. No wonder that the majority lives a long and healthy life, there might be risks involved when eating raw fish, but when you keep a balance and be aware of preparing Sushi you only benefit from its power.