Ocean Basket, one of the best sushi restaurants in Jozi, has revealed top secretes for sushi etiquette as part of its World Sushi Day celebration this week.
Benigo Sta. Ana, a sushi consultant working with Ocean Basket’s sushi staff, explained that there is a right and wrong way to eat sushi.
Secrete 1: Eat cut rolls with your hands. While South Africans are accustomed to eating sushi with chopsticks, traditionally, in Japan, sushi is eaten with your fingers, in one or two bites with chopsticks reserved only for eating Sashimi or noodle dishes.
Secrete 2: Do not drink sushi in soya.
Secrete 3: Do not plonk the slither of ginger into the soya and rather eat it on its own after eating each sushi item.
Secrete 4: Do not order hand rolls for take-away or when eating on a side table in a restaurant as they become soggy quickly. Rather use hot steamed towel.
Secrete 5: For non-raw fish eaters or first timers start with avocado, cucumber, prawn (steamed), grilled eel (basted in sweet teriyaki sauce), tamago (sweet omelette) or tempura prawns.
Secrete 6: Be patient when waiting for your sushi order to arrive. Remember that sushi is handmade so enjoy a glass of your drink while you wait.
Secrete 7: It is recommend sushi lovers sit at the sushi bar (as opposed to a side table), as you can see all the fresh ingredients displayed in the display fridge and the items on offer. You can also see how the chef makes the sushi, how he plates and decorates it and the skill he has.
Secrete 8: Try to drink Miso soup or green tea prior to eating sushi as it warms up the tummy. Sushi normally goes well with sake, Japanese beer (asahi or kirin) or white wine.
Secrete 9: To establish if the sushi you’re eating has been properly prepared and seasoned, taste the rice first. If sushi rice is flavoured correctly, generally the sushi will be good. A suggestion is to order a cucumber maki or tamago nigiri to begin with.