Sushi is a Japanese cuisine which has evolved throughout time and has become one of the most popular foods in the world because of its taste and health benefits. There are different types of sushi and my favorite is
Nigiri sushi or just nigiri is a specific type of sushi made of thin slices of raw fish over pressed vinegared rice. It is often served with soy sauce, wasabi (green paste made from Japanese horseradish) and pickled ginger. Okay, so what’s the point of ginger? – It is eaten between courses as a palate cleanser.
Some are turned off by the idea of eating raw fish or seafood, even my husband is not a fan of it. BUT for me, everyone should try a sushi at least once in their life (especially nigiri sushi, lol).
So here’s my list of Top 5 Nigiri sushi that you must try:
- Salmon is an oily fish that has a mild to strong flavor along with a rich and semi-soft texture. It is very high in omega-3 and vitamin E.
2. Octopus is a common ingredient in Japanese cuisine, and it is always poached for sushi.
3. Surf Clam has a mild ocean aroma, and the flesh is soft and chewy. It is soft in flavors, and the sweet aromas become more evident after it is chewed for a while.
4. Grilled Salmon belly is appreciated for the oilier texture.
5. Grilled Eel should be soft, fluffy, and very flaky. The eel is first filleted, and then grilled on open flame. It is pleasant on the palate and shouldn’t have a fishy aftertaste.
How to eat Nigiri sushi in proper way:
- Simply roll or flip the sushi in a side.
2. Pick up the nigiri with your chopsticks.
If you can’t use chopsticks, use your fingers. My Japanese friend told me that sushi is generally eaten with the hands especially in Japan.
3. Dip the corner of the fish lightly into the soy sauce and pop the entire thing into your mouth.
Take note that the rice and the soy sauce are not supposed to touch because the rice is already seasoned and dipping the rice would break it up into pieces.
- Nigiri sushi already has wasabi added between the fish and rice but if you want to add extra wasabi, just use your chopsticks and put the smallest amount needed on top of the fish.
- Nigiri sushi must be eaten as soon as it arrives in front of you to prevent the fish from drying.
- Don’t try to bite it in half because it’s an insult to the chef.
- Pickled ginger should never be put on top of nigiri sushi or else it might ruin the delicate flavor of the fish.
- Last but not the least: Sushi is raw, so people with immune deficiency, like the elderly or chronically ill, and pregnant women should take care when eating foods that haven’t been heat-treated.
Is there anything that you want to add? Kindly leave a comment. 🙂