Among the most popular culinary exports in the world, Sushi carries with it a rich history, not just in flavors but in culture. This cuisine has just so much for people to gossip about and thus a bunch of misconceptions accumulated along the way…
What is right and what is wrong, the must-know’s and must-know correctly are tackled right here in Sushi Mythconceptions (Part 1) – changing your beliefs into facts!
Mythconception I – Sushi is Japan-exclusive only.
As we’ve previously covered, Southeast Asia is the source, it is around the Mekong River that fermented fish wrapped in sour rice known as Nare-zushi, originated. It made its way into China and definitely Japan. And so variations of Sushi are spread across Southeast Asia and not just Japan.
Mythconception II – Certain kinds of Sushi fish are served alive.
That is not true; there is a mix up between Sushi as a form of cuisine and serving living fish as another form of Japanese cuisine. The latter does not belong to the other, which is known as ikizukuri.
Mythconception III – Sushi must be expensive.
Basically, it is the same concept as burgers or pizza. You may find the latter as very cheap street food and the same kind of food at a very expensive price in fancy restaurants. Same goes for Sushi which itself started out as street food!
Mythconception IV – Women can’t be sushi chefs because their hands are too hot.
That is absolutely false! There are plenty of female Sushi chefs nowadays, it is just that back in the day, not a lot of women did any cooking publicly but rather in their households!
Mythconception V – Rub your chopsticks together to get rid of wooden splinters.
In fact, it is required to rub your chopsticks together in order to create a rough edge to pick up the noodles and not to get rid of splinters. It is considered an insult to do it as such if you are in a place owned by a Japanese person.
Mythconception VI – Sushi is an everyday food.
It is often thought that Japanese people eat sushi every day and while we might think they actually do, fact is they do not for the simple reason that native Japanese cuisine is so diversified that it covers bigger arrays than just sushi. And so, Sushi is not an everyday food. Going to a “restaurant” or “temple” of Sushi is a rare event that’d require special occasions in Japan.
Keep an eye on this space as we come back with more Sushi Mythconceptions!