The Forgotten Rules of Sushi

Are you making any mistakes in your sushi-eating routine?  The answer may surprise you.  Even if you’re a veteran of the sushi menu at our Issaquah Japanese restaurant, try reading through this list of simple sushi-eating pointers to see if there’s some way to enhance your dining experience:

  • Sushi is a finger-food!  A lot of people feel more comfortable using chopsticks or even a fork, particularly with some of the messier fusion-style rolls, but it’s perfectly okay to eat sushi with your hands.

  • It’s best to eat an entire piece of sushi in one bite.  This is a good way to enjoy the full combination of flavors in the sushi, and also a good way to keep the sushi from falling apart in your hands.

  • Sushi generally comes with a side of thinly sliced ginger.  Some make the mistake of using this as a condiment, but it is actually there to cleanse the palate between sushi.

  • If you’re eating nigiri sushi, put it into your mouth upside-down so that your tongue is touching the fish instead of the rice.

  • Go easy on the soy sauce!  This can dissolve the sushi rice that is holding your sushi together, and it can also be seen as an insult to your chef.  If you’re eating nigiri sushi, remember to dip the fish in the sauce, and not the rice.

  • Be careful with your wasabi!  It can easily overpower the rest of the sushi.