Cuisine Code: Sushi

Can you believe that you don’t actually have to use chopsticks to eat sushi? Following sushi etiquette is important if you ever want to visit Japan — fortunately, this isn’t synonymous with using chopsticks. In fact, some types of sushi are best eaten using your hands, like nigiri. However, sashimi is always eaten with chop sticks and you should never use forks or knives with any type of sushi. Also, there are certain times where dipping sushi in soy sauce is more appropriate. Dipping the fish part of nigiri sushi flavors it more directly, but dipping the rice part can cause the sushi to fall apart. You’re also not supposed to mix your wasabi and soy sauce together. In many traditional sushi restaurants, the wasabi is already added inside and mixing wasabi with soy sauce will just ruin both of those flavors. Additionally, the ginger that comes along with the sushi is actually supposed to be a pallet cleanser in between pieces. You’re also supposed to eat your sushi in one bite — which is becoming harder to do in the US because our portion sizes are larger than those overseas. Other etiquette tips include complimenting the chef on their sushi rice and not wearing too much perfume, as this is rumored to alter your pallet.

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