10 Traditional Types of Sushi You Should Try in Japan!

10 Traditional Types of Sushi You Should Try in Japan!

Eating sushi in Japan, foreigners will come to realize that sushi is not just food but Art as well. Also, only a few types of sushi are raw. Most Sushi’s have typically been blanched, soaked, frozen and processed in a variety of way. Here are 10 types of sushi which a foreigner must try in Japan:



 

10 Traditional Types of Sushi You Should Try in Japan!

 

1. Tuna or Maguro:

10 Traditional Types of Sushi You Should Try in Japan! tuna maguro

Maguro or hon-maguro, and Toro are very popular blue-fin tuna varieties that are used to make sushi. Most foreigners have tasted the yellow fin variety because the blue fin is in danger of extinction. Toro, on the other hand, pertains to the fatty part of the tuna found in its belly.

 

2. Squid:

10 Traditional Types of Sushi You Should Try in Japan! squid

Ika sushi is one of the most difficult sushis to prepare firstly because the sushi rice does not settle easily. The vertical flip method (tategaeshi) is used to make squid into a nigiri with slits made on the squid to make it arch. When prepared properly, ika releases creamy sweet flavors when chewed.

 

3. Octopus:

10 Traditional Types of Sushi You Should Try in Japan! octopus

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Octopus or tako sushi uses the Octopus’ leg served raw but Japanese chefs slice them thin since Octopus is difficult to chew. It is simmered (poached) to bring out its sweet aromas and then often served with seaweed (nori) to keep the rice fastened to it.

 

4. Raw Shrimp:

10 Traditional Types of Sushi You Should Try in Japan! raw shrimps

Despite health propaganda against it, raw shrimp sashimi remains to be one of the world’s favorites. Sushi chefs however poach or steam the shrimp before preparing it into a sushi. Shrimp is one of the tastiest sushis served raw. But poached shrimp is almost equally tasty.

 

5. Salmon Sushi:

10 Traditional Types of Sushi You Should Try in Japan! salmon

The not too soft texture of salmon makes it ideal for sushi. Plus being high in omega-3 and vitamin E, it is a favored health dish. In Japan, salmon sushi is best when seasoned with a bit of salt, citrus and wasabi. Sushi chefs prefer the belly because it is oily.

 

6. Salmon Roe (Ikura) sushi:

10 Traditional Types of Sushi You Should Try in Japan!

The mass of eggs of the female salmon are separated by sushi chefs and then soaked in a soy sauce-sake mixture to remove the fishy flavor and to bring out the smooth texture. With quail eggs and cucumber slices, the Roe- ikura’s strong taste is reduced.

 

7. Sea urchin:

10 Traditional Types of Sushi You Should Try in Japan! Sea urchin

Sea Urchin is one of Japan’s top three sushis but is difficult to prepare. The Japanese use the very creamy and rich smelling gonads of the sea urchin. Alternatively, they use gunkanmiaki; others use cucumber cut into thin strips because the scent of nori competes with the urchin’s.

 

8. Scallops:

10 Traditional Types of Sushi You Should Try in Japan! scallop

Hotate sushi is one of the sweetest and softest shellfishes to make it as a sushi. It is the muscle that connects the organs to the shell that is mostly used by Sushi chefs. After immersing in saltwater to allow sand to be expelled, they they are butterflied into a nigiri. Grilling and wasabi intensify the sweetness.

 

9. Conger:

10 Traditional Types of Sushi You Should Try in Japan! conger

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Unagi sushi is a sushi that is served warm. Japanese chefs position the unagi on top of the rice. They then put a strip of sea weed across the unagi. Now the secret is the Kabayaki sauce which the Japanese chef brushes on the nigiri. They finish it off with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

 

10. Omelet sushi:

10 Traditional Types of Sushi You Should Try in Japan!  omelette

Tamago yaki uses eggs as a crepe to make a thin egg omelet. The egg and rice are tied together by nori. The sweet light flavor is what keeps the Japanese addicted to it. The tamagoyaki is ideal also for bento.

 

Conclusion

Now how does one eat Sushi? One bite is the ideal way to eat sushi but 2 bites is acceptable. To the Japanese, a chopstick is a good way to eat your sushi, but using the fingers is quite acceptable as well.

 

10 Traditional Types of Sushi You Should Try in Japan!

1. Tuna or Maguro:
2. Squid:
3. Octopus:
4. Raw Shrimp:
5. Salmon Sushi:
6. Salmon Roe (Ikura) sushi:
7. Sea urchin:
8. Scallops:
9. Conger:
10. Omelet sushi: