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Hello, this is Pocket Concierge editing team.
This might be sudden a sudden question, but do you like sushi?
You might feel insecure how to behave when you go to a sushi restaurant.
Today, we are going to show you how to eat sushi the right way and the expected behavior you should know at a sushi restaurant.

Contents

1. Chopsticks or Hands – Which Is Correct?

2. How to Get Soy Sauce Right

3. The Rules Exist so You Can Deliciously Eat Sushi


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1. Chopsticks or Hands – Which Is Correct?

A lot of people think the authentic way of eating sushi is using your hands. Most people eat sushi using chopsticks at conveyor belt sushi restaurants. In contrast, you will see more people eating with their hands at sushi restaurants without conveyor belts. A lot of people also eat sushi with their hands at standing sushi bars that are recently popular.
I would ask a couple high-class sushi restaurants about this before. The answer I got was consistent: “It does not matter.”
Sushi was born in the Edo Period. It was known as a food for commoners, just like buckwheat noodles. It was kind a like a “fast food.”
In other words, sushi was a food you could eat without worrying about looking good. Of course, sushi is now known as a high-class food, but accurate mannerisms allows you to eat with chopsticks or hands, whatever that is easier for you is okay.
But you should know one thing – Most sushi restaurants that are proud of their sushi would recommend you to use your hands. This is because they would like you to feel the temperature of the sushi with your bare hands. Sushi is shaped using the chef’s hands. This makes it have a delicate temperature, which is why the chefs would like you to feel it and enjoy it with your hands. There is an exception though – When eating sushi with sauces called “tsume,” it is best to eat it with chopsticks to avoid your hands getting dirty.

Edo-Mae Sushi Nikaku | Pocket Concierge

2. How to Get Soy Sauce Right

Now let’s talk how to dip sushi into the soy sauce the right way.
I also asked about this to respected sushi restraints, and I was told that technically, you should “dip a small amount of soy sauce on the sushi topping.” As for the way to hold it, “Slightly tilt the sushi and then hold it, whether you are using chopsticks or your hands.” By doing so, it will be easier to put the soy sauce on the sushi topping. The chefs also advised me to let the sushi topping face down when eating it so your tongue can first taste the flavors of the topping and enjoy sushi better. The world of sushi is certain deep!
As for sushi that has sauces already applied called “tsume” (this can be zukemaguro, marinated tuna or conger eel) and sushi rolls, this rule does not apply. This is especially true for sushi rolls. Leave it on the plate and let apply the soy sauce only on the fish. You can use a soy sauce cruet that allows one drop of soy sauce come out. If it is not available, you can use the pickled ginger called gari.

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3. The Rules Exist so You Can Deliciously Eat Sushi

The golden rule is to eat sushi without letting it crumble no matter what kind of method you are using to eat it. If possible, try to eat it in a single bite. (Chefs were worried that the taste would change with the first and second bite.) This can be called manners born as a result of pursuing the best taste for sushi.
Born as a fast food and now a high-class food that everyone knows. Just talking about sushi makes me want to eat it! How about you?

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