Everyone likes experimenting new cultures since it is fun. We can either travel to different parts of the world to experience different cultures, or we can experience it from food coming to us from different cuisines. Sushi is well known to bring this special “je ne sais quoi” when you first experience it! Here is why.
It’s all about the Wasabi!
Wasabi, originating from the plant called Wasabia Japonica, has its roots in ancient Japan, when it was first found around the misty riverbeds. Not much has evolved since. Today, these are also the places where the Wasabi plant grows, sustaining one of the oldest gastronomic customs in Japan.
Here are 3 interesting facts about the Wasabi:
It is a super food, containing iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium and phosphorus, which are all essentials of a balanced diet. It is also has plenty of vitamins including, Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, and C. Best of all, it has absolutely zero cholesterol!!! (Conserve Energy Future)
Even though Wasabi tastes great, the main reason why wasabi was originally used in Japanese culture has to do with its amazing health benefits. Today, we have seafood experts with chefs preparing raw fish around the world. Back in history however, it was an important ingredient used to ensure food was kept safely, due to its high anti-bacterial properties (Healthline).
Wasabi also has a relatively high level of antioxidants, making it a great ally against cancer, including being a handy tool against heart attacks (Biofactors).
Here are 3 trendy Sushis you want to know about:
California roll – AKA maki-zushi sushi roll in Japan, the California roll is an inside-out sushi roll. The original ingredients of this delicious dish were cucumber, avocado and crab meat, all coated in an outer layer of rice. Did you know that California rolls are said to have influenced many of the successive fusion dishes seen in kitchens globally, and can now be found in an overwhelming array of flavours and variations.
Nigiri – AKA Nigiri-zushi, this is the term given to a specific type of sushi where blocks of rice which have been flavoured with vinegar are then topped with thin slices of raw fish. Japanese ‘Nigiri’ means gripping or grasping and this type of sushi is traditionally eaten using your fingers. Since it originates from Tokyo, which was once called Edo, it is also commonly known to the Japanese as Edo style sushi.
Sashimi – It is often mistaken with Nigiri-zushi, as technically one is part of the other. Sashimi is used to describe the authentic and very traditional Japanese dish which is primarily a thinly sliced piece of raw fish that is normally eaten on its own with soy sauce or wasabi paste for a little more heat. A must try for seafood lovers!
Just like experimentation with sushi will continue around the world, we, at The Fisherman Lounge will continue to bring you creative and more exciting sushi styles, for you to experience! Come and experience the exquisite taste of Wasabi with our in-house, freshly made Sushis. To even satisfy your cravings further, we have also put together a sushi mix combo for you to experience them all.