TIPS FOR EATING DELICIOUS SUSHI
Japanese business people agree that it is a courteous manner to occasionally bring their customers out for a nice meal to maintain concrete relationships and foster business opportunities between the two parties. In many cases, business resolutions cannot be concluded during a serious meeting. Consequently, dining out at a favorite restaurant is considered a productive way to promote trusted collaboration between business people and their customers.
Some people are too picky about eating so they decide to end up having some sushi menus. Actually, there is no particular rule or requirement for consuming sushi, but it is concerned more with the stimulation of the senses. For sushi eating tradition, the best order is to eat it from bland to strong tastes. It is never recommended to start with a strong-taste or greasy piece as it will destroy the original tastes of the following more savory or mild-flavored ones.
Also, you are recommended to sip some tea or nibble a bit of pickled ginger to “reset” your taste buds before finishing your wonderful sushi meal with some egg or seaweed rolls. Here are some proper tips for getting genuinely delicious tastes of sushi:
1. Adjust the taste receptors in your tongue with Hirame, Tai, or white-fleshed fish sushi.
2. Start tasting some Hikari Mono sushi cooked from Kohada, Shima-Aji, or Saba.
3. Carry on with tuna or Maguro, starting from the least to the most fatty part, for instance, Akami, Chutoro, and Otoro.
4. Reduce the greasiness of eaten sushi with green tea and pickled ginger.
5. Feel free to devour some strong-taste sushi mixed with salmon, salmon egg, eel, or Uni.
6. Finish your sushi meal with some seaweed or egg-wrapped rolls.
7. If you are still not full, you are suggested to carry on with some Gunkan Maki (seaweed sushi rolls) or Kappa Maki (cucumber sushi rolls).
Other polite manners required for eating sushi are described below:
1. Never wear extremely strong perfume to a sushi restaurant as it will drown out the fragrance of the fish and may disturb other customers.
2. Always put chopsticks in their place for sanitary reasons.
3. Eat sushi in one bite as it can guarantee its typical deliciousness.
4. If you are not keen on using chopsticks, you may use your hand to eat a piece of sushi such as Oshibiri, a white cotton towel, is often served in many Japanese restaurants.
5. Dip your sushi in Shoyu sauce by facing the fish side down as the sauce will appropriately be absorbed in the sushi. It is highly recommended that you should not dip too much Shoyu sauce because it will destroy the sushi’s original taste.
6. When eating sushi, it is best to let the fish touch the tongue first, followed by chewing and swallowing it down. The slightly sweet and sour taste of the rice and the finest quality of fresh fish will guarantee exotic deliciousness for every bite.
7. Never mix wasabi with Shoyu sauce.