You either love it or hate it, but there’s no doubt you’ve heard about it.
Although sushi is one of the world’s most popular foods, it also divides opinion because there are those who love it and those who simply hate it. The sushi roll that is known around the world today is actually quite different to what sushi originally was. Plus, there are now many different ways to make sushi.
The word „sushi” is believed to date back to 2nd century China, and it meant “sour.” Nowadays the word doesn’t have this meaning.
In the beginning, fish used to be placed between the rice as a method of preserving the fish because, as the rice started to ferment, it helped preserved the fish that was sandwiched in between.
The biggest difference, when compared to today’s sushi, is that originally the rice was not eaten, rather it was simply used to preserve the fish.
This method grew popular in China and by the 17th century it had also reached Japan. In Japan, they started to eat the rice as well as the fish.
At the start of the 19th century there was another sushi revolution when a man by the name of Hanaya Yuhei put the fish on a block shaped mound of rice and thus the popular nigiri sushi was born.
Today, there are several styles of sushi, made with many different ingredients. The most common types of sushi include nigiri, maki, osi, inari, sukeroku, chirashi, and nare.
If you’re not a fan of raw fish, you can also choose from other fillings like tofu, avocado, omelet, carrot, or even fruit. One thing’s for sure, you’ve got to try sushi at least once in your life!