Fun Facts About Sushi

July 23, 2018

Millions of people all over the world eat sushi every day—you might even be one of them! But how much do you really know about the food you’re about to enjoy? Think about these facts the next time you sit down at a Japanese restaurant in Phoenix, AZ to dine on a sushi roll:

  • Sushi is healthy: You’ve probably heard that sushi is good for you, but you may be surprised by how nutritious it actually is! The fish in your sushi roll is full of omega-3 fatty acids (the ones that are good for your heart). Nori, the seaweed that your roll is wrapped in, provides you with tons of iodine that boosts thyroid health and is a good source of vitamin A. If you’re looking for a fast and healthy meal, look no further than sushi!
  • Sushi isn’t raw fish: Contrary to popular belief, “sushi” doesn’t translate to “raw fish.” The word “sushi” actually comes from the cooked rice that’s seasoned and filled with your seafood and vegetables. Though sushi is traditionally seasoned with vinegar, you can use lemon juice or orange juice to give your sushi a unique flavor.
  • Sashimi is a literal phrase: As we learned above, the word “sushi” doesn’t mean “raw fish”—but “sashimi” does! Sashimi is a quite literal phrase. “Sashi” means “pierced” while “mi” means “body.” Your sushi chef might be a little confused if you ask for “pierced body” next time you’re at a Japanese restaurant in Phoenix, AZ, though!
  • Becoming a chef is a long process: You can’t just walk into a Japanese restaurant, fill out an application and start working as a sushi chef. It takes about 10 years of training to become a real sushi chef. However, you can start making sushi in a restaurant after two years of intense training.
  • Bluefin tuna is popular: Okay, so popular might be a bit of an understatement. Eighty percent of the world’s bluefin tuna catch is used for sushi! Bluefin tuna is also the world’s most expensive sushi, and the costliest piece of sushi-grade tuna sold for almost $400,000. Granted, the fish weighed about 750 pounds, but that’s still a hefty price tag!
  • Sushi knives are sharpened daily: Knives used by sushi chefs are said to be direct descendants of samurai swords. Much like the swords, sushi knives are supposed to be sharpened every day before the fish is prepared.
  • You don’t need chopsticks: Watching people struggle to use chopsticks at a Japanese restaurant can be rather comical. What’s worse is that those people don’t need to use chopsticks to chow down—the traditional (and correct) way to eat sushi is with your hands. However, if you’re eating sashimi, you should pick up those chopsticks!
  • Thank your chef: Did you enjoy your sushi dinner? If so, you should thank your sushi chef. While a tip would be nice, buying your chef a shot of sake is the traditional way to say thanks. If they accept, it’s only polite that you take a shot with them!

The next time you’re in the mood for a sushi roll, be sure to come by our Japanese restaurant in Phoenix, AZ. PURE Sushi Colony serves fresh sushi daily and has one of the best happy hour menus in Phoenix. Come by today to have a few rolls and a few traditional Japanese drinks!

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