Courtesy and tradition is deeply embedded in Japanese culture so it's hardly surprising that eating sushi comes with it's own set of rules. This is a cute cartoon guide to sushi etiquette that I came across online to teach you a thing or two about doing sushi the Japanese way. See how much you know..
I'm a big sushi eater and have frequented numerous Japanese restaurants but I'm embarrassed to say that I'm guilty of a fair few of those don'ts. I LOVE eating sushi with pickled ginger and I love even more dumping wasabi in my soy sauce and turning it into a thick gloopy soup...the more wasabi in the soy sauce the better I say. There's something weirdly pleasurable about overdosing on wasabi and experiencing that eye watering hotness in your nose and mouth. And I had no idea that it was considered bad practice to eat it that way. Moreover once I've got my wasabi soup to the perfect consistency, I also proceed to "dunk the sushi in the sauce", rice side in, also a big faux pas. I like to soak the rice in the sauce before I eat it for a maximum wasabi kick with each mouthful. It doesn't always work though as the rice often falls apart in the sauce so I suppose it makes sense that it's not the most polite way to eat it. (Could what I just said be considered as sushi blasphemy?)
The rules don't end there, there are even more manners to observe when eating sushi in an authentic Japanese restaurant. Watch this video. It's a bit of an idiot's guide to sushi, great for first-timers, but there are also some interesting pointers which you may find useful if you don't want to offend the staff or fellow Japanese diners the next time you visit a sushi restaurant
Yeah, if you hadn't already realized, this is a spoof but it's pretty funny and there's probably some truth in it. I think the vinegar feet and the saucer of salt outside the door for those with a taste for salty food was a bit of a giveaway. Ma ma ma ma!
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