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5 Sushi Dos and Don'ts

by Ted Scheffler
- Posted // 2010-02-01 -

During a very fun (and educational) sushi-making class this weekend at Mt. Fuji Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine, I asked Joe, our sushi instructor and head sushi chef at Mt. Fuji, about how to avoid faux pas in sushi restaurants.  Among his suggestions were:

1) DO eat sushi with your fingers (if you'd like). That's the way it's done in Japan.

2) DON'T pile pickled ginger onto your sushi. The ginger is meant to be used as a palate cleanser.

3) DO mix your wasabi and soy sauce together -- that's kosher.

4) DON'T smear wasabi directly onto the sushi; that's gauche.

5) DO put the entire piece of sushi in your mouth; don't bite it in half and put it back onto the plate. Joe said that in Japan, sushi pieces are smaller. They've "grown" here to satisfy super-sized American appetites.

For more tips on sushi etiquette and to learn sushi rolling, I recommend taking a sushi-making class at Mt. Fuji. Joe teaches sushi-making most Sunday evenings at 6:00 PM and the cost is a mere $10 -- and, you get to eat the sushi you make! Plus, it's BYOB.

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Posted // February 16,2010 at 19:23

My Japanese wife says that you should feel free to put Wasabi directly on the sushi. In Japan, I remember lots of times when the sushi chef hid a pearl of wasabi on the rice under the fish. My wife also says it is OK to put ginger on your sushi if you want...


Posted // February 1,2010 at 14:55

Cool. Good suggestions, except for the last. If sushi pieces are that much bigger here in America than they are in Japan, then it may be a good thing to bite it in two, instead of shoving the entire thing in your mouth, lest you choke on it.

Christ! Is there anything Americans don't make bigger than anybody else in the world? Would it be terrible to just make sushi as it was intended, as in, small bites?

Big houses, big trucks, big asses, big bombs, big's just sad sometimes.


Posted // February 2,2010 at 10:59 - No kidding, man.


Posted // February 2,2010 at 09:00 -

Yup, too bad we don't have any BIG ideas.