Where does sushi come from?

Did sushi originated in China

Sushi came about centuries ago and came out of an economic need rather than a desire for novelty.

It was the need to preserve fish ,the mainstay of the Japanese diet.

The first sushi was from freshwater fish that was salted and pickled in fermenting rice.

( which by the way did not originate in Japan but in SE Asia.

) Sushi spread to China, but after the Mongol invasions it soon disappeared, as the Mongols had a very different food culture.

However, because of their frequent contact with Japan the practice was not entirely abandoned.

The earliest record of Sushi dates back to the 8th Century A.


Over the subsequent centuries sushi evolved into a cuisine that is known all over the world.

Sushi food

Fish is not vegan, mayo is not vegan, bonita flakes are not vegan, tobiko and tomago are not vegan, quail eggs arenu2019t vegan, cream cheese isnu2019t vegan, neither is u201ckrabu201d or u201ccrab sticku201d, some tempura batters can have egg in it, but others donu2019t.

nSou2026if you want vegan sushi you can have it! You just have to be on top of it.

nIf any of the above listed ingredients are in the sushi roll that you want, you need to either substitute or exclude some ingredients.

nIu2019m lucky in that thereu2019s a sushi restaurant near me that has an entire vegan sushi menu, so I donu2019t have to hop around much.

nMy favorite roll that they serve is vegan tempura battered asparagus with almond butter, shredded carrots, cucumbers, cooked mushrooms, and a teriyaki-type sauce on top.

Its amazing!,But for the most part, traditional sushi isnu2019t vegan

When was sushi invented in Japan

I dont know if traditionally trained sushi chefs in Japan gasp in horror at what has become of their time honored tradition of sushi making, but today it is easy to find a wide variety of sushi inventions in the US that some might say are not authentic.

,The California Roll was probably one of the first.

,,nWhen sushi was first introduced to the US during the 1960s, some Americans were disgusted by the thought of eating raw fish and seaweed.

Ichiro Mashita, a sushi chef in Los Angeles at the time, began swapping avocado for fatty tuna (toro), theorizing that the oily texture was the perfect substitute.

Nori (seaweed) was also another strange foreign ingredient to Americans at the time.

Rather than to present the roll with the nori on the outside (as traditionally served), he made an inside-out roll, disguising the nori by putting on the inside.

This would introduce Americans to the taste of nori without grossing them out with disgusting-looking black paper wrapping on the outside.

,Thus, was the birth of the Americanized bastard sushi, which has since gained widespread acceptance across the US.

When did sushi come to America

Strangers saying hi to you on the streets.

,How common open sexual harrassment is in public.

,That me, a 5u20199u201d tall and a size 6 feels like some of the skinniest people, whereas in where I come from, Indonesia, Iu2019d be considered on the bigger side.

,Food portions are enormous, and sometimes sufficient for three meals tops for me.

,That a lot of people considered me as spoiled filthy rich for having my college tuition being paid by my parents and having them pay for my accomodations, whereas itu2019s the norm in Indonesia for parents to fight for the best education they could afford.

Iu2019m 25 now, and I feel that Iu2019m also responsible for my future childrenu2019s education, and therefore, Iu2019m investing in things for long-term benefits so Iu2019ll be able to send my children off to the best school up until university without having to sell my soul to satan to pay for it.

,How anal people can get, and how frontal they can get on their entitlement issue.

,I was a smoker, and smoking in public isnu2019t much of a social taboo in Indonesiau2014 but apparently, I got so many judgemental stares when I was smoking and walking on the streets in the US.

,How much people believe in crystal healing and sageu2014 not that itu2019s wrong, but Iu2019d never seen that many people believing in it.

,How aggressive people can get, whereas Asians are known to be more subtle.

,Pre-cut vegetables and pre-made food, and how impressive itu2019d be when people make food from scratch.

,That the majority of Americansu2019 threshold for spicy food is so, so low.

My American friends looked at me weird when I poured so much hot-sauce on my food.

Also, Taco Bellu2019s hottest hot-sauce only tastes like vinegar.

,What Americans constitute as salad is sometimes even more unhealthy than fast-food in general when salad is supposed to be one of the healthiest food you can eat.

,Vast variety of frozen food you can probably find frozen sushi as well.

,Everyone is somewhat mentally ill and is prescribed with so many medications for that.

,Things in grocery shops come in humongous sizes.

,Obese people on electric wheelchairs.

,Tipping in restaurants and how much youu2019d be demonized if you werenu2019t aware that tipping is obligatory.

,How expensive it is to get your hair doneu2014 be it blow-drying, hair-dying, getting a haircutu2026 it costs $7 here to blow-dry your hair vs ~$50 in US.

,That you need prescriptions to get contact lenses.

Iu2019m sorry, I donu2019t think I can get high from wearing contactsu2014 why should I have a doctoru2019s prescription to see the world without blur?,How much a lot of people despise others with more money.

,How much they get subsidized by the government and they still somewhat have too many reasons to complain about how insufficient it is.

Here in Indonesia, subsidy is almost nil; zilch.

Sushi in Japan

In my opinion, the average American sushi lover understands traditional sushi very poorly.

This is a huge topic thats hard to address in a concise way, but youd have to say a lot to even make an apples-to-apples comparison that a layman can follow.

,* Rolls are usually very simple, and an afterthought, in Japanese sushi.

The only good, consistent reason to make them at all is to use up the scraps that you create when cutting the fish for nigiri.

So in the US, most people think of sushi as elaborate rolls, whereas in Japan, most people think of sushi as a topping on a rice ball.

,* Even among US places that prize nigiri the same way the Japanese do, there are many more kinds of seafood available in Japan than there are in the US.

And that holds true in spite of the fact that the best US sushi places source from all over the world, whereas Japanese places source mostly from the Tsukiji market and almost exclusively from Japanese waters.

,* Salmon is a staple of US nigiri.

Top Japanese places dont serve it at all.

,* The Japanese focus a lot more on shellfish, particularly clams, than US places.

,* Focus on quality, cooking method, seasoning, service temperature, packing tightness, and proportion of rice is much more careful and expert in Japan.

,* The Japanese always use real grated wasabi root instead of powdered horseradish.

Good US places use real wasabi, often only on more expensive courses or menu items.

,* In Japan, you only dip sushi in soy sauce if the chef neglects to brush it on himself, and if hes any good, theres no way hell make that omission.

Good chefs in the US do this, too, but many people still dip because they dont realize the shoyu is for salinity rather than soy flavoring.

,* US sushi lovers tend to think of freshness as the most important quality.

A majority of Japanese sushi is cooked or cured or marinated in some way.

,Ill go through the menu I had at the famous Sukiyabashi Jiro and note how easy it is to find each one in the US, and whether there was any preparation involved that renders freshness unimportant.

,1) Sole - served aged; not common in the USn2) Golden Cuttlefish - not hard to find squid in the US, but frustratingly hard to find it anywhere near this qualityn3) Juvenile Buri (Inada) - this is the common Yellowtail youll find in Japan, whereas Hamachi is the Yellowtail youll find in the USn4) Lean Bluefin Tuna - aged up to 10 days depending on the size of the fish, much of which this cut spends marinating in soy sauce; most top places have bluefin tuna, but its usually a special rather than a standard menu item; yellowfin or ahi tuna is the common US tuna, which the Japanese wont use due to its low fat content and inferior flavorn5) Mid-fatty Bluefin Tuna - again, aged up to 10 daysn6) Fatty Bluefin Tuna - again, aged up to 10 daysn7) Gizzard Shad - marinated a long time in vinegar; I never see this fish in the US even though its as classic as tuna in Japann8) Abalone - simmered in sake and water for hours, left to marinate in the broth, and steamed to bring it to temperature before serving; I rarely see this in the US, and when I do, it tends to only be served as sashimin9) Japanese Horse Mackerel - this one is served raw, but you have to refrigerate it right after breaking it down to prevent deterioration; I never see it in the USn10) Japanese Tiger Prawn - served boiled; shrimp and prawns are common in the US, but not this species; theyre enormousn11) Red Clam - served right out the shell, but I never seen them in the USn12) Halfbeak or Needlefish - I never see them in the USn13) Giant Clam - cooked over flame and steeped in broth; I never see it in the USn14) Bonito or Skipjack Tuna - smoked over burning straw with the skin lightly roasted, then frozen; most good US places have thisn15) Mantis Shrimp - cooked and steeped in broth; I never see it in the USn16) Sea Urchin Roe - every good US place has it; always served freshn17) Mactra Clam Adductor Muscles - I never see them in the USn18) Salmon Roe - easy to find in the US, but very hard to find it anywhere near this quality; usually frozen because salmon only spawn during a short period each yearn19) Sea Eel (Anago) - Unagi (freshwater eel) is much more common in the US, but good places have saltwater eel as well; cooked by simmering in Japan; in the US its much more common to grill it; the resulting difference in texture is enormousn20) Tamago (egg) - cooked; almost all respectable sushi places have it, but its more omelette-like in the US vs.

more cake-like in Japan,So there you have 20 pieces, and at least 13 of them are not served anywhere close to fresh on purpose.

I could probably find a reasonable approximation of 12 out of 20 of these items at my favorite traditional place locally, although exact crossover would be more like half of that number.

Sushi facts

Did you know sushi does not actually mean u2018raw fishu2019? Conflicting to widespread faith, sushi actually refers to rice that has been seasoned with vinegar, sugar, and salt.

How much do you really know about this Japanese delicacy?,Here are 5 Sushi Facts to enhance your knowledge.


Sushi did not originate in JapanSushi as we know it today originated in Japan, although the tradition of wrapping raw fish in rice dates back to South-East Asia, where raw fish was packed in a ball of rice to prevent the rice from rotting while keeping the fish within fresher for longer.


The First Restaurant in SA to Offer The Cannafornia RollThe first-ever Cannafornia Roll was created at Blowfish Restaurant in South Africa.

The shrimp and salmon filling of the Cannafornia roll is accented by a lick of cream cheese and topped with avocado.

Strawberry mayo with a modern touch u2014 CBD oil u2013 is served alongside this show-stopping sushi roll.

Try it out the next time youre in Blouberg.


Sushi is swimming in health benefits.

Sushi contains a lot of omega-3 fatty acids (heart-healthy fat).

Nori (seaweed) is high in iodine (which helps with thyroid health) and vitamin A (which is important for a healthy immune system and skin).


Sushi Rice Was Not Eaten OriginallyThe rice that was wrapped around the fish was originally used to protect it from insects and keep it from rotting.

The rice was once thrown away after the fish was eaten, but this habit has altered through the years, and now fresh seafood is wrapped in rice that has been cooked with rice wine vinegar and white sugar.


The Word Sushi Means RiceTo be considered authentic, sushi does not have to contain rice.

Sushi refers to the rice that is utilised in the preparation of these dishes.

Sushi is defined by the use of vinegared rice in the roll.

Sushi fish

Frozen fish to serve raw, to be good, needs to be flash frozen at very low temperatures (quite below what home freezers and even those of most restaurants can do), otherwise the texture becomes unsuitable for sushi.

For most fish (salmon included) even that method changes the texture too much.

,They are also not thawed u201cwithin five minutesu201d on the counter.

Itu2019s a very long process that starts with the fish being transferred to a more normal freezing temperature, and after days in that freezer, to a refrigerator.

This process is used to u201cageu201d tuna, not to kill parasites.

Itu2019s not cheap and beyond the means of your average sushi bar.

,Pre-marinated mackerel is indeed sold frozen, but only lower end sushi places use that (it means a great deal of sushi places dou2026).

Itu2019s a Japanese product meant for home cooking (to make mackerel pressed sushi fast and easy, essentially).

Shime saba made at sushi bars is always made out of fresh mackerel, filleted by the chef.

Very fresh mackerel.

Itu2019s also done at home, but in a pinch people will use the packaged type.

The texture is very so so.

,Vacuum packed frozen blocks of tuna are also common place.

Only higher end sushi places, usually the type that serve the different parts, get tuna parts to filet and cut, and it doesnu2019t mean it wasnu2019t frozen for transportation.

If the restaurant is big enough, they may even get a small whole tuna.

Other fish.


theyu2019re not used frozen much.

Most of them are bought whole and fresh.

Filleted, de-skinned fish spoils pretty quickly.

,Some sushi ingredients are often bought frozen: raw octopus to cook/steam, various roes, etc.