Fun Facts: Sushi

  1. Nare-zushi, fermented fish wrapped in sour rice, originated somewhere around the Mekong River before spreading into China and later Japan.
  2. Originally, sushi rice was not eaten but instead used as a preservative for the fish and a means of creating a flavor profile called umami.
  3. The bamboo mat that gives sushi maki rolls their cylindrical shape is called a makisu in Japanese.
  4. True to its origins as a simple fast food, the correct way to eat sushi is with your fingers.
  5. Nigiri, which is a slice of fish on top of a rounded strip of rice, is supposed to be eaten upside down.
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