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Best to eat with an open mind!

  • Dec 23, 2008
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Sushi is one of my favorite food types. I know a lot of people are hesitant to try it, or are entirely repulsed by the idea of eating raw fish. But there's some things to keep in mind when you eat sushi that will hopefully help you overcome some reservations about it.

First off, let's talk about raw meat. In Western culture, it was common even decades ago for men to eat a big, raw steak. Or at least medium rare, where the inside of a steak was certainly still raw. No, men were not dying left and right and collapsing in the streets or hugging porcelain. Similarly, people have been eating raw flesh in many cultures throughout the world and haven't seen their cultures and peoples go extinct. The Japanese have been eating sushi for a long time and they're doing just fine. Same with Inuit peoples in Alaska.

Secondly, there's the issue of smell/odor. Simple rule: if you're served sushi that smells strongly of raw fish, chances are it's not fresh. In fact, if you're ever served tuna or salmon that smells like you're walking along the beach at a fish market, send it back immediately. Good sushi should have no smell.

Now, onto why I like sushi. It's my belief (and many people agree) that taste buds are sensitive to the first few bites of any dish. That is, when you start eating a steak, the first few bites are the best, and then your taste buds settle down a bit.

I always go out and order sushi with friends. Two or three rolls is usually enough for just two people, and when you share, you're switching between different roll types with different flavors, so your taste buds are always "on-edge," ready to try something new. That's what makes everything so delicious!

Just give it a shot. You won't go home throwing up. The worst is you lose ten bucks over something you didn't like, and the best is you open yourself to an entirely new culinary experience that you'll love for the rest of your life.

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In Japanese cuisine, sushi is vinegar rice, usually topped with other ingredients, including fish dishes.

Sliced raw fish alone is called sashimi, as distinct from sushi. Combined with hand-formed clumps of rice it is called nigirizushi ; sushi items served rolled inside or around nori (dried and pressed layer sheets of seaweed or algae) is makizushi, toppings stuffed into a small pouch of fried tofu is inarizushi; and toppings served scattered over a bowl of sushi rice called chirashi-zushi.

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