Everything You Need To Know About Traditional Sushi

by Hannah
Everything You Need To Know About Traditional Sushi

When you talk or hear about Japan, the first few things that come to mind are Manga, Kimonos, and Sushi. However, this article is not going to talk about Japan. Instead, it’s going to tell you about sushi. Nowadays, sushi is no longer a dish that can only be found in Japan but you can find it anywhere in the world. But how did it come into existence? What makes them so popular? So on and on!

So, if you are interested in learning more about Sushi, keep reading this article to the end. Let’s start with the history; how it came to be.

Origin of Sushi

Sushi originated back in the Yayoi Period, which was in the Neolithic age or early iron age.  However, Sushi at that time differed greatly from today’s Sushi, which is nowadays referred to as Narezushi. It was created with fish fermented with Vinegar, salt, and rice. But, rice was discarded later.

Then in the Muromachi Period, people started using vinegar instead of fermented rice, which not only improved the taste but also added a versatile twist to the dish.

Who, for the first time, used seaweed to wrap hand-pressed fermented rice in 1824. That very Sushi is today known as Nigiri-zushi, which is widespread across the whole world and is the most popular one. You will mostly find Nigiri-zushi in the US, whenever you opt for different sushi platters.

Types Of Sushi

Mainly there are 6 different types of sushi. However, you might find different sushi, since every chef wants to add a particular element to make it unique and versatile simultaneously. But, traditionally, here are the 6 different sushi you will find in a restaurant.

  • Sashimi
  • Nigiri
  • Chirashi
  • Maki
  • Uramaki
  • Temaki

Now, let’s take a look at what differentiates this sushi from one another. This will help you when going for a sushi catering service to determine the types of sushi you want in your sushi trays.


Sashimi is raw fish that is served to you in a rectangular shape. This rectangular slice is known as hira-zukuri. Sashimi is usually served along with garnish like soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger.


Nigiri is served in moulded structured rice that has been fermented with Vinegar. On top of the rice, you will get a thin slice of raw or cooked rice, which makes it easy to eat with only your hands.


Chirashi is a lot like sashimi. Chirashi means scattered, which is quite convenient to its name, as this particular sushi is served on a bowl of fermented rice that is topped with small thin slices of fish and garnishes. Sometimes, it also contains fruits, which gives it a different taste and Aroma. What makes it unique is the fish used to make this are always kept secret to give elements of surprise.


The sushi that comes with sushi trays available in stores is maki. This sushi is simple, wrapped with nori and then cut into bite-size pieces. It is prepared with vegetables, fish and sometimes egg as well.


Uramaki is just like make, the only difference between these two is the way nori is wrapped around it. In uramaki, instead of wrapping the nori around the rice, the rice is wrapped around the nori, while nori is wrapped around the fillings. In addition to this, Uramaki comes with various toppings and sauces.


Temaki is like sushi rolls but with a twist. As the roles are made in the shape of a cone. Which is filled with rice, toppings, and fish. Temaki comes in large sizes, which makes it quite challenging to eat with chopsticks.

Sushi Rolls

Aside from the traditional Sushi, which has been described above, different types of Sushi have been created by Western chefs by enhancing the traditional dish. One such creation is none other than sushi rolls which you might get in sushi platters. This sushi is

  • California roll
  • Spicy tuna roll
  • Tempura roll
  • Spider roll

The rolls mentioned above are created by the western chef while implementing different western ideas to give them a western style and taste. You can easily find them in any restaurant with an authentic sushi section.


Sushi might seem extremely easy to make, which is not true at all. To get the best experience, the chef needs to be experienced and highly capable. So, when opting for sushi catering for your party, hire only the best. And to do that, you can start with their reputation. By hiring the expert, you will be adding a unique yet versatile cuisine to your table.

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