Explanation of Sushi, a Typical Food from Japan that is Much Interested

Speaking of Japan, it must be inseparable from their culture which is indeed unique. Besides this unique fashion, Japan is one of the most disciplined countries in its life. Besides life and culture, there is one more thing that cannot be separated from Japan, namely culinary. And one of the cuisines that are familiar with Japan is Sushi.

Almost everyone knows about this one food. You could say sushi is a culinary icon from Japan. Every time when asked about culinary related to Japan, surely almost everyone answers it with Sushi, a food that is usually served with raw fish meat.

Explanation of Sushi, a Typical Food from Japan that is Much Interested

Actually what is the origin of this sushi, what are the benefits of consuming sushi? For more details, let's refer to the following review.

What is Sushi......?


Sushi is a typical Japanese food consisting of rice formed with side dishes in the form of seafood, meat, raw or cooked vegetables. Sushi rice has a soft sour taste because it is mixed with a mixture of rice vinegar (mizkan), salt, and sugar.

It is said that the habit of preserving fish using rice and vinegar comes from mountainous regions in Southeast Asia. The scientific basis behind the fermentation process of fish packaged in rice is because vinegar produced from rice fermentation breaks down amino acids in fish meat. The result is one of the five basic healthy feelings.

The origin of the word sushi is an adjective for sour taste written in sushi kanji. At first, sushi written in kanji is a term for one type of fish preservation called gyoshō which binds fish with salt, yeast powder or sake pulp. Writing sushi using kanji which began in the mid-Edo period is an ateji writing method (writing with other kanji that reads the same).

Origins of Sushi


Basically, sushi was actually made by native Chinese in the second century BC. Initially, sushi emerged thanks to the habits of Chinese residents who often had the habit of preserving food.

At that time, fish was deliberately placed in rice as a form of fermestation process. This method allows one to maintain the condition and taste of the fish for some time. When you want to eat it, just leave the rice and fish to be ready to eat.

Over time, this method successfully spread throughout the mainland of China, even to the land of Sakura Japan. They took the concept and modified it further.

Initially, the dishes served were only rice and fish. However, in the early 18th century, the Matsumoto Yoshiici Edo district (now called Tokyo) began to flavor rice and fish with wine vinegar. This allows buyers to immediately eat it, without having to wait for months as practiced by native Chinese.

In the early 19th century, a Japanese man named Hanaya Yoheii made a major change in the processing and presentation of sushi. He no longer wraps fish meat with rice, Yohei actually serves a slice of fresh fish meat on a rectangular piece of rice.

The technique is known as 'nigiri sushi' or 'edomae sushi'. Until now, almost all sushi restaurants in Japan present their products with this technique. In the past, sushi was sold by stalls on the roadside as a light snack. Therefore, this food is known as the first fast food in Japan.

After the end of World War II, many sushi shops began to be closed, and some were moved to more decent and clean areas. The concept began to change. More formal seating is provided, and indirectly, this method has also succeeded in changing the mindset of all circles that sushi is one of the 'luxury' foods in the country.

In its development to date, sushi has not only been associated as one of the traditional foods from Japan, this food itself has begun to evolve to a more modern level, and even more complex than before.

There have been many influences of Western culture that gave birth to the style of processing sushi with the latest look and feel. We call it one of them is California rolls. This is a type of modern (fusion) sushi that can be found in high-end sushi restaurants.

Types of Sushi

For those of you who don't know, actually sushi has many types with different looks and tastes. For this reason, here are some types of sushi that you might not know:

  • Maki Sushi


The first is Maki Sushi. Maki sushi is one of the most popular types of sushi. This sushi roll consists of fresh ingredients such as fish and thin slices of vegetables rolled in baked nori or better known as nori, then formed into cylinders before being cut into small pieces. Even though it looks almost the same, Maki Sushi has a difference with Futomaki Sushi. Futomaki Sushi has a larger, thicker shape than Maki Sushi.

  • Uramaki Sushi


Another variation of Maki sushi, uramaki sushi is sometimes referred to as 'inside-out' or inside out. Because the rice is usually outside, while the vegetable, fish, and nori pieces are inside.

  • Norimaki Sushi


Norimaki type sushi is indeed very often found in Indonesia but rarely in Japan. This sushi consists of rice which is then wrapped with nori or seaweed which then contains dried seaweed and also pieces of salmon, tuna, octopus, squid, shrimp and others.

  • Nigiri Sushi


Nigiri is a sushi that has an elegant appearance, which makes it much more expensive than other types of sushi. A combination of thin slices of fresh raw fish, as well as cooked shrimp and omelet. Smeared with wasabi paste then formed using warm rice. If you don't like raw food, you should avoid this sushi because you will feel nauseous.

  • Sashimi Sushi

Sashimi sushi is a thin slice of raw fish without rice. Sushi This type is quite popular for people who are undergoing a diet program but want to enjoy delicious sushi. This sushi is popular because it uses yellowfin tuna slices or better known as hamachi, and fresh salmon fillet slices.

  • Temaki Sushi


Temaki sushi is a long roll and cone shaped sushi. It looks like an ice cream cone, but the outer layer of the temaki comes from nori, in which the rice is warm with slices of fish or fish eggs.

  • Gun Sushi


This type of sushi is shaped like a small cup which is then filled with rice specifically for sushi and rolled with seaweed. On top of rice, usually topped with seaweed and also some types of raw fish eggs or sea urchins. Again if you don't like raw food, you don't eat sushi.

Benefits of Consuming Sushi


Often someone asks, what is actually safe to consume sushi? Because basically sushi itself uses raw meat as its main ingredient. And it turns out, consuming sushi is useful, you know. The following are some of the benefits:

  • Has the content of Omega 3


One of the main ingredients used in making sushi is fish meat and the type of fish used, namely tuna or salmon which are rich in omega-3. Fish that is still raw and fresh, still has a very high content of omega-3, so it can be useful for reducing bad cholesterol levels, healthy brain, and preventing hypertension.

  • Prevent Hypertension


The benefit of consuming sushi is to prevent hypertension. The use of rice vinegar on rice in making sushi, aims to give a little sour taste to rice. So that the taste of the fish meat can be more delicious and delicious. The benefits of rice vinegar itself for health are as high antibacterial benefits for preventing hypertension or high blood pressure.

  • Improve Immune System


Eating sushi also turns out to be good for the immune system. Not only sushi itself, sushi complementary food called gari has benefits that can boost the immune system. So as to avoid various attacks of immune system diseases, such as flu and cough. Gari is a pickle made from ginger.

  • Promotes digestion


Digestion is also one of the benefits you will get from consuming sushi. Soy sauce or soyu has benefits for improving digestion and maintaining gastric health from bad bacteria. Because, soyu has a high iron and protein content. So, complete consuming sushi by not forgetting soyu as a complement.

  • Increase metabolism


In addition to promoting digestion, sushi is also useful for increasing metabolism. Sushi can increase the body's metabolism because of the nori as a wrapper. Nori is a type of seaweed that is shaped like thin paper. In addition, nori also has minerals, vitamins and iodine which are for the health of the body.

  • Contains Antibacterial Substances


Already know that sushi turns out to contain antibacterial substances? Wasabi is an ingredient in making sushi that has a spicy taste and adds flavor. In addition, wasabi is also beneficial in killing bacterial germs in the body and high in vitamin C.

  • Prevent cancer


Sushi complementary drinks that should not be separated are ocha. Ocha is a typical Japanese green tea drink that is high in antioxidants. The benefits of antioxidants themselves are counteracting free radicals caused by pollution which can trigger the growth of cancer cells or tumors in the body. In addition, ocha also promotes digestion and kills bacteria that cause food poisoning.

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