Sushi is basically rice, seasoned with sweet vinegar. It could also be defined as sticky vinegared rice with a fish-filling or topping, shellfish, eggs or vegetables. It could also contain sashimi, a raw fish which is used as a meal starter. It was first prepared about 1,300 years ago and is prepared using the freshest ingredients that can delight both the eye and the taste buds.
Sushi is basically a very healthy diet as compared to other food such as beef or pork as it has less saturated fat, far more fish, as well as less vegetables. In its ingredients, the fish has a source of vitamin B12 and iodine, rich in protein, low fat, as well as low calories. Tuna and salmon as part of the ingredients are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, that can help prevent heart disease as well as stroke. The rice acts as a source of proteins and carbohydrates. It also contains nori, which is rich in protein and minerals, as well as iodine. It is also rich in vitamin A, B1, C and niacin. The ginger and wasabi have antibacterial properties, aid in digestion and are also rich in potassium, and vitamin C.
Sushi preparation is not difficult, but it requires various ingredients so that it can be made in the best way possible. Some of the ingredients required are such as; a cup of rice that is short grained, 1 ¼ cups of water, rice vinegar, two table spoons, ½ tea spoon of salt, and 1 ½ tea spoon of sugar. The rice needs to be washed thoroughly under running water in a big bowl and rinsed carefully. The rice should be strained for about 30 minutes and then put in a rice cooker or a heavy pot.
Water should be added to the rice and then it should be kept in high heat. Initially, you should not cover the cooker or pot, until the water comes to boiling state, and then afterwards, you can put the lid on and slow the heat. There are different types and varieties of sushi such as, Bara sushi, inari sushi, futomaki sushi, as well as chirashu sushi and therefore it is important to know the specific type of sushi that you want to prepare.
Sushi is usually served with an appetizer also known as sashimi, which refers to delicately arranged slices of raw seafood and fresh fish which are served with soy and other dipping sauces. Sushi is also served with miso soup and a spicy-like condiment, also known as wasabi. To consume sushi, you will need chopsticks or even fingers of your bare hand, which will be able to pick up a piece of sushi and dip the end of the topping into a soy sauce. The sushi needs to be put in the mouth with the topping side down, so that the topping can meet your taste buds. A slice of pickled ginger also needs to be consumed before eating another piece of sushi, which helps you to clean your palate, andsip of tea.
When preparing sushi, it is however important to know the number of people per serving or consumption, so that you can be able to prepare the ingredients for the best serving. Sushi also needs practice on preparation and can be taken or consumed with wine or beer. However it is mostly recommended to be consumed with the Japanese green tea, as it removes the oiliness of the fish.