Isn't That Green Powder Wasabi? How NOT to make the Mistake of Green Tea Powder in your Soy Sauce.
There are different types of sushi. One is Gunkan or “Warship shape” because of the white rice underpinning, a touch of wasabi in the middle and then the yummy raw fish laid on top. Another is Temaki “Hand Rolled” style with your rice and fish combo rolled inside a larger piece of dried seaweed.
For both types, it is fine to use your fingers to dip them gently in the soy sauce dish you’ll find upon arrival. Take a little dish and put a touch of soy sauce there to prepare for the upcoming Sushi spread. Actually, some sushi types don't require soy sauce at all so before dunking your freshly made sushi in your pond of yummy soy sauce, you might want to catch the eye of your sushi chef and motion with your sushi towards the waiting liquid as if saying “To Sauce or Not to Sauce…that is the Question”. He will nod yes or adamantly shake “No” if the delicacy is already prepared in exactly the way it should enter your mouth, as is. .
Unfortunately very few (almost none) of the Sushi joints in Japan have clearly marked signage about sauces and condiments available to the eager patron. Due to this lack of instruction as well as various sushi styles becoming popular overseas, there are some pretty interesting mistakes to be made if you aren’t sure about what is set before you on that baffling counter.
So here are some tips and hints for how to handle the part of your sushi experience that happens on your side of the counter.
Have fun with your Sushi Experience in Japan!
written by RuthieJ
I have a company called Jarman International KK (www.jarman-international.com) that provides a turn-key service for relocation with H&R Group, office solutions with Midas Company Limited, relaxation/rejuvenation with Enoshima Island Spa, business networking, Japan Technology Reports and a beautiful Boutique Hotel in Roppongi (H&R Roppongi). I love Japan, love the world, love to learn new things and meet new people. Work is my hobby, my kids are my meaning and this life is my adventure!
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