Sushi origins, is it really Japanese?

Sushi, sushi, sushi… Everyone talks about him. Or you love it, or hate it. But ... What are really the origins of sushi? We are going to explain it to you in this article. Thus, the next time you eat sushi you will know its origins and you will also have a topic of conversation. Go figure. First date with your crush. You order sushi. The two in silence. An uncomfortable moment and suddenly you, who have read the article, say ... Why don't you know what the history of sushi? Keep reading!

The origins of sushi

The famous sushi that we all know and that many of us love arises in the century IV BC This mythical dish of Japanese cuisine is internationally recognized, but where does it come from? The typical thing is to think that it is a dish originating in Japan, but the truth is that it is mentioned for the first time in the ancient china. However, not in the way we know it today. Therefore, it is important to know its origin to understand its transformation.

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Sushi was used as a way to preserve fish for a longer time, as it spoiled very quickly. What they did was wrap the fish in rice and leave it to ferment for long periods of time. The most surprising thing is that afterwards, they threw the rice and prepared the meat in different pieces for consumption. This form of sushi is called nare-zushi.

In the century VIII It is when this preservation method reaches Japan where the dish begins to take shape. First, the Japanese began to eat rice with half-raw fish. Thus, this dish went from being a food preservation system to a popular custom of preparing food. Later, around the century XVII it is possible to reduce the fermentation time thanks to the doctor Matsumoto Yoshichi who rightly chose to add vinegar to the rice.

Fast sushi

Shortly after, the haya-zushi o sushi-fast, a way of eating sushi that did not require the fermentation process. However, it still retained the aromas of nare-sushi. Like any process of any kind, the way of making sushi continued to evolve.

We are already in the nineteenth century and the chef Hanaya yohei puts the icing on the cake. Define a new style, the nigiri-zushi, which remains today and is the one that is known mostly throughout the globe. Modern refrigeration, innovation and export have enshrined sushi as one of the foods "Fast food" favorites.

origins of sushi

Raw salmon is a fundamental part / Source: Pixabay

Which ones are your ingredientes?

We must know that the vital characteristic of sushi, that is, what never changes and is always there is rice. A short, white grain rice, cooked and seasoned with vinegar, salt and sugar. Hence, its sweet taste. That is its base and from it different combinations playing with ingredients.

We can use fish among which are salmon, eel and tuna. Of the latter there is even a technique performed by true specialists: the snoring. These professionals must know in detail the anatomy of the fish to carry out precise and exact cuts. It is quite a show in Japanese restaurants. A wide variety of shellfish (prawns, prawns, squid and cuttlefish). Fish roe, especially caviar (for the wealthiest) are widely used. Also, although it is not the most popular ingredient, it uses different types of meat: chicken, beef or pork.

different types of sushi

Different types of sushi / Source: Pixabay

And finally, the vegetables. The most common are avocado, cucumber, carrot and seaweed. However, we must point out about avocado. This ingredient is part of one of the most famous varieties of Sushi, the California Roll. Even so, it is not from Japan, but it is a recipe that was born in Los Angeles. Its origin we owe it to the chef Ichiro Mashita. Due to his inability to obtain quality tuna, he began to use avocado. So, he found that it worked perfectly with rice because of its texture.

We have tried to summarize the most important thing regarding the origins of the Japanese delicatessen.Who was going to tell you that formerly, in ChinaDidn't they eat the rice? If it is the base of sushi! Dare to try the different ways of preparing rice. You will be surprised how many combinations exist. This makes sushi a more fun dining experience, as well as tasty.

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