How to Eat Sushi the Right Way


Asian cuisine is neither exotic nor a mystery. To the uncultured, it’s natural that they don’t know how certain dishes are cooked, served, and eaten. The cliché goes: “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”. With that said, you’ve probably been eating sushi all wrong.

Ignoring sushi grade, there’s a right way and a wrong way to eat those delicious seaweed-wrapped and fish-topped rice nuggets. YouTube channel Munchies produced a video with sushi chef Naomichi Yasuda and broke down how exactly to eat sushi correctly. Check it out:

The TL;DR version is essentially this:

  • Eat seaweed-wrapped sushi rolls with your fingers; dip only one side of the exposed section in soy sauce — then put entire piece in your mouth and eat a separate piece of ginger to “cleanse” your palate
  • Eat fish-topped sushi (i.e. salmon or tuna) with a chopstick; flip it over on its side, then dip small portion of fish side into soy sauce — whatever you do, don’t shake soy sauce off
  • At a sushi bar, eat it at the counter/bar because the temperature — and thus its taste — will have changed by the time it reaches your table
  • Don’t put ginger on top of sushi or in the soy sauce

Munchies’ video doesn’t get into it, but it’s also a good idea never to mix wasabi into the soy sauce. Man up and eat your sushi with one or the other.

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