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How do you eat sushi? (10 tips)

In Japan, sushi is traditionally eaten with your hands. You grasp the sushi with your thumb, index and middle finger. Eating with your hands does not destroy the consistency of the sushi. Finally, clean your hands with a damp towel.

Sushi etiquette

Sushi is delicious and an art form with a long tradition.

Therefore, there are some rules of conduct when eating sushi. Unfortunately, these are being lost more and more with the increasing popularity and spread of sushi.

Eating sushi is special and not very cheap Passion. Therefore, I recommend you to occupy yourself with sushi etiquette. It is easy to learn and fun.

In addition, you will get a better understanding of thejapanese culture.

With the 10 tips below will eat sushi all the more for you more about the experience. So you can enjoy it in all its diversity.

I don't want to set any absolute rules, I just want to give you an insight into sushi etiquette.

By being polite, you are already behaving appropriately in the sushi restaurant. Especially since not all Japanese follow these rules of conduct.

10 rules for eating sushi

1. You can eat sushi with your hands

Nigiri were called snack invented for on the go. That's why you have it traditionally with your hands eaten. You should go with one bite to be eaten.

This is not always easy in Germany, as some sushi shops make nigiri with very large balls of rice. You can point out to a sushi master that the nigiri is too big for you.

Biting just one corner and putting the rest back on the plate is considered impolite.

Place the nigiri in your mouth so that the fish touches the tongue first. This way you take the different flavors even more intensely.

You can eat with your hands if you have trouble with the chopsticks.

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In good sushi restaurants you get one before you eat damp cloth. With this you can make yours Clean hands.

It is not intended to refresh the face or anything like that. Before you return it, you should fold it the way you received it.

Sashimi is usually eaten with chopsticks.

2. Correct use of chopsticks

Each person at the table gets their own little one Bowl and chopsticks. Rubbing the chopsticks together after breaking them is considered impolite in Japanese restaurants.

Put your chopsticks on top of the small one holder next to your plate when you are not eating. Anything else could indicate that you are done eating.

You shouldn't pass food from chopstick to chopstick to another person. According to the traditional view, this brings bad luck. Instead, pass the plate on.

You should also not leave your chopsticks stuck in the rice.

If you're sharing a sushi platter with others, turn your chopsticks over and grab the food with your ends. This means the side that does not come into contact with the mouth.

3. Use soy sauce correctly when eating sushi

Soy sauce is an essential part of Japanese cuisine.

Wasting soy sauce is one absolute taboo.

You should just have your shell economical to fill. Just briefly dip your sushi in with a corner. Sushi often falls apart if you dip it too deeply or if you drown it in soy sauce.

The rice and the sauce should not come into contact.

Rice soaked in soy sauce covers the remaining flavors.

After all, making sushi rice with vinegar is an art form.

No rice should be left in the bowl.

Nigiri turn to the side around and then just dab that Fish in the sauce into it.

Some sushi shouldn't be dipped in soy sauce. These include sushi that is garnished with a sauce or, for example, unagi.

4. Do not overdo the spiciness of the wasabi

Next, we come to a mistake that I made for quite a while.

Do not mix the wasabi and soy sauce in the small bowl.

Use the wasabi sparingly. The pungent taste of the wasabi paste can quickly die down superimpose the remaining aromas.

The sushi master prepares the sushi with wasabi. So if you like it a little spicier, you can ask him to season your sushi a little more.

I still have a little one tip for you if yours mouth from wasabi should burn.

Stop your mouth breathing and breathe quickly through your nose. The sting should be gone in a few seconds.

5. How is the ginger (gari) for sushi?

Pickled ginger you never eat together with the sushi. It is consumed individually between two different types of sushi. This will make the Neutralizes taste and the different flavors can be fully tasted again. The pickled ginger is only a supplement and not a “side salad”.

6. Which drinks to eat with sushi?

Green tea is a very good option with sushi or sashimi.

In my post Sushi side dishes and drinks I will go into more detail on green tea and the other drinks.

sake should you not with sushi drink, at most before or after. Since both are rice-based, they don't complement each other as well and shouldn't be consumed together. Incidentally, sake is available as a cold and hot version. Usually cold sake is of higher quality.

alcohol you usually order not for yourself. It is common to share alcoholic beverages.

Only one person at the table pours the alcohol at a time. this is the most respected Person at the table. The person who invites to dinner automatically becomes the most glorious person.

So if you are a host, you should pay attention. If necessary, refill your table partner's empty glass. If you want to have your glass refilled yourself, hold it inconspicuously and politely in the direction of the person pouring it.

Burping is one in Japan as opposed to some Asian countries No-go like with us.

KanpaiWhat roughly means “empty your glass” is pronounced as toast while toasting. Just don't say “chin chin”. In Japanese, this describes a certain male body part that we prefer not to mention when eating.

Here you can find out everything about Japanese beer!

7. Don't use too much perfume while eating sushi

In addition to the taste, the odor plays a crucial role in eating sushi. He gives information about the Freshness of the fish and should not be covered by other smells.

Many upscale sushi shops are a bit smaller and have a long bar. This can quickly affect other guests negatively.

So wear perfume, deodorant, body lotion and the like economical on.

8. Food sequence when eating sushi

If you do not follow the sushi master's recommendation, no set menu sequence is prescribed. There is one, however rough guidelinethat you can use as a guide:

  • Some slices Sashimi are a beautiful starter.
  • With a Omelette sushi can improve the quality of the sushi rice to be checked. The rice comes into its own thanks to its subtle taste.
  • Choose first white fish in front of red and other fatty fish.
  • Maki are suitable for graduation. They contain a lot of rice and therefore fill you up faster.

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9. Behavior after eating

Give no Tipin case you liked food. The sushi master comes into contact with raw fish all the time and will not touch any money. In addition, tipping is rather uncommon in Japanese culture. It is already included in the invoice.

In western sushi restaurants there is often a bowl for tips from the sushi chef. You can give him a shot instead sake on or on beer to offer. If he accepts, you should drink with him.

It is polite to thank the sushi master for the meal. Thank you means “domo arigato” in Japanese. You could also say “gochisosama deshita”, which loosely translated means “thank you for the meal”.

10. Interaction with the sushi master

The Training as a sushi master is very exhausting and can more than 10 years last. Even if he takes the position of theItame(who holds in front of the cutting board), he continues to perfect his skills for years.

By familiarizing yourself with sushi etiquette, you show respect for his craft.

I recommend you for that special sushi experience a seat directly with the sushi chef at the counter. It is best to ask him for his recommendation as soon as you arrive.

You choose Omakasethe sushi master decides what to serve you. Literally translated it means "I leave it to you". Omakase is an integral part of the Japanese eating tradition.

You should eat everything you get served. Otherwise, it could be perceived as impolite and wasteful.

The sushi master will very likely fresh fish from the market. He knows which fish looks particularly good today and you will benefit from that. Particularly tasty Appetizers the sushi master repeats on your advice.

The sushi chef only serves Sushi and sashimi. The waiters bring you drinks, soups and everything else.

If you don't follow his recommendation, that's no problem either. You expressed your interest and didn't just order something from the menu.

If you suffer from intolerance, point this out to the sushi master at the beginning of the meal. Otherwise only contact the sushi chef if it is really necessary.

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Conclusion

At this point I would like to emphasize again that one Not not correct Can eat sushi. There are no fixed behaviors.

With my remarks I would like to help you to understand the Japanese culture better. My clues are supposed to not regarded as rigid rules become. After all, the focus is on delicious food and your company.

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