By Jason Neet
Sushi is a Japanese meal that as many people know is a roll of cooked vinegared rice mixed with other ingredients such as seafood but sushi is not just seafood. In fact, the one thing all sushi has in common is the rice (also known as shair or sumeshi) which can be white or brown rice. Google’s definition of sushi is “a Japanese dish consisting of small balls or rolls of vinegar-flavored cold cooked rice served with a garnish of raw fish, vegetables, or egg”. If you are vegetarian you can try a vegetable sushi roll which can consist of things like cucumbers, carrots, yellow bell peppers, scallions, daikons (or radishes), and avocados.
If you are interested in making sushi you will need to make the vinegared rice first which is a mixture of salt, sugar, rice vinegar, water and sushi rice (a high quality rice that is used for sushi) or short grained rice. Then you want to pick what ingredients you want in your sushi, one of the very simple but delicious sushi rolls out there is the California roll which consists of crab sticks, cucumber, avocado, sesame seeds, and nori (a Japanese name for an edible seaweed). In sushi the seafood is usually raw, so the only thing that you really cook is the rice. Sushi is commonly served with pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce, and it is served as a roll and the roll is often cut into slices making it easy to eat. At many sushi restaurants you may find a sauce on your sushi that is not soy sauce. This is not a traditional thing but has become a modern thing in many sushi restaurants.