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Sashimi is a Japanese delicacy primarily consisting of very fresh raw seafood, sliced into thin pieces and served with only a dipping sauce (soy sauce with wasabi paste or other condiments such as grated fresh ginger, or ponzu), depending on the fish, and simple garnishes such as shiso and shredded daikon radish. Dimensions vary depending on the type of item and chef, but are typically about 2.5 cm (1") wide by 4 cm (1.5") long by 0.5 cm (0.2") thick.

The word sashimi means "pierced body", i.e. "刺身 = sashimi = 刺し = sashi (pierced, stuck) and 身 = mi (body, meat), may derive from the culinary practice of sticking the fish's tail and fin to the slices in identifying the fish being eaten.

Another possibility for the name could come from the traditional method of harvesting. 'Sashimi Grade' fish is caught by individual handline, and as soon as the fish is landed, its brain is pierced with a sharp spike, killing it instantly, then placed in slurried ice. This spiking is called the Ike jime process. Because the flesh thus contains minimal lactic acid from the fish dying slowly, it will keep fresh on ice for about 10 days without turning white, or otherwise degrading.

The word sashimi has been integrated into the English language and is often used to refer to other uncooked fish preparations besides the traditional Japanese dish subject of this article. Many non-Japanese conflate sashimi and sushi; the two dishes are actually distinct and separate. Sushi refers to any dish made with vinegared rice, and while raw fish is one traditional sushi ingredient, many sushi dishes contain seafood that has been cooked, while others have no seafood at all.

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review by . February 23, 2010
posted in Go Japan
I'm not very fond of Sushi outside Japan as I don't really like rice that much. But when in Tokyo, I've had 14-15 pieces of sushi at one go when in Ginza. So, that implies it's a case of the rice used and also how good the chef is that determines my liking for sushi.      As for Sashimi, the best is still in Japan but one can find pretty good Sashimi in Canada and the U.S., especially along the coastal cities. I have found good sashimi in Vancouver, Toronto and …
Quick Tip by . February 23, 2010
My most favorites are Ikura, Akagai, Aji, Fugu, Mirugai, Hamachi, Hotate-gai & Uni. An acquired taste but oh so good! Oishii desune!
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