What Is Sashimi?

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A Complete Guide to Eating and Ordering Sashimi

WHAT IS SASHIMI?

Sashimi is a type of Japanese cuisine that consists of raw fish or meat that has been thinly sliced. It is typically served with soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger. Sashimi is often confused with nigiri and sushi, but there are some key differences between the three. Today, we’ll look closer to help clear any confusion.

 

Sashimi Vs Nigiri

SASHIMI VS NIGIRI

The biggest difference between sashimi and nigiri is that nigiri is made with cooked rice. Nigiri is also typically made with a single piece of fish or meat that has been shaped into a small oval patty rather than multiple thin slices of raw fish or meat. Nigiri is typically served with wasabi already applied to the fish or meat.

 

Sashimi vs sushi

SASHIMI VS SUSHI

While both sashimi and sushi are Japanese dishes that consist of raw fish or meat, there are some key differences between the two. The biggest difference is that sushi includes rice. Sushi is also typically rolled into bite-sized pieces using seaweed wrappers while. Finally, sushi is usually served with soy sauce.

WHY DO THEY SCORE FATTY TUNA BEFORE SERVING?

The fish is often scored on the underside by using a Yanagiba (specialized sushi knife) to make small parallel and crosshatch cuts, which make the raw fish much softer and easier to chew. The more cuts, the more the fresh fish will literally melt in your mouth.

 

Sukiyaba ShiJiro

WHERE TO FIND THE BEST SASHIMI

Sukiyabashi Jiro (すきやばし次郎, Sukiyabashi Jirō) is a sushi restaurant in Ginza, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan. It is owned and operated by sushi master Jiro Ono.  It was the first sushi restaurant in the world to receive three stars from the Michelin Guide. However, it was removed from the Michelin Guide in November 2019 because it does not receive reservations from the general public, instead requiring reservations to be made through the concierge of a luxury hotel.

 

Eating Sashimi

LET’S EAT  SASHIMI!

So, what’s the bottom line? If you’re in the mood for delicious raw fish or meat that has been thinly sliced, then Sashimi is the dish for you. Just be aware that it doesn’t come with rice or any other ingredients; it’s just pure protein goodness!

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