Are you new to sushi? Are you unaware of the different types of sushi available at various Japanese restaurants? Hang on! Here, you will be getting a detailed explanation on that. Keep reading.
But, before we make thing understandable, let us get a couple of terms very clear, as they may arise confusion, especially when you are unaware of the different types of sushi.
What is Sushi?
When defined in a simple manner, sushi is generally vinegared rice wrapped in nori or seaweed sheets. Traditional sushi does not include any fish or meat product.
What is Sashimi then?
‘Sashimi is another name of sushi’ – this is what regarded by many people. But, they are both different. It is because unlike sushi, sashimi does not include vinegared rice or any other type of rice. The cuisine, however, involves raw fish and is meat by itself. It may be served with some side items like shredded daikon (Japanese radish) and topped with ponzu sauce.
Different Types of Sushi
Here, we shall be taking a look at the different types of sushi that are commonly served in most of the Japanese restaurants.
Sushi rolls are referred to as Makizushi. Typically in nori sheets are used to roll sushi rice, but it can also be rolled in other things like a thin omelet, soy paper, cucumber, and shiso leaves. You can find makizushi in 5 different kinds of rolls including:
- Hosomaki: This one has only vinegared rice rolled inside nori sheets. It usually is about 1 inch in diameter.
- Chumaki: This one too has rice, and one or two other ingredients usually vegetables rolled inside a nori sheet. It is about 1 ½ inch in diameter.
- Futomaki: This is a thick roll that includes more than 4 ingredients, usually vegetables, along with vinegared rice. It is around 2 and ½ inches in diameter.
- Uramaki: It is also called inside-out roll having rice on the outside and nori on the inside. California roll is the most popular example of this roll.
- Temaki: This is a cone-shaped roll having vinegared rice and some other ingredients too rolled inside the nori sheets.
This is a sushi type that includes a slice of meat. It is served in a very artistic manner with sushi rice lying in an oval pad topped with the meat slice.
In this sushi type, vinegared sushi rice is stuffed into abura age, which is a seasoned double fried tofu pouch. This sushi has a slightly salty-sweet flavor and is a favorite sushi type of many.
Also called scattered sushi, chirashizushi is a different type of sushi that is served in a bowl. The sushi rice is topped with various ingredients such as daikon, cabbage, pepper, seaweed, sesame seeds, and many others.
To know more about other Japanese Cuisines, read the article.