by Rick Goldman
If you’re looking for excellent dishes to eat, then you might want to try out sushi! This Japanese dish is something, known for its bite-sized deliciousness. It comes in different varieties and ingredients, where you mix it up and make its flavors explode without overdoing it. It isn’t just a dish, but art and skill that can take years to form. But the first thing to think about is: What does sushi taste like? What makes sushi such a high-quality dish in the first place?
Everyone knows what sushi is- made with rice and fish, either rolled or with fish topped with rice. Sometimes, it can be fish alone. Either way, it’s a very healthy treat when you get the highest quality of sushi.
Like mentioned, there are different types of flavors found in sushi. But the one thing you should know is that sushi does NOT have the overpowering flavor. But neither is it bland. It has the balanced flavors mixed with its ingredients. Chefs who expertise in sushi add various ingredients not as a filler, but to balance out its taste for combining saltiness, sweetness, and the pure savoriness you want in sushi.
Maki are rolled up with dried seaweed (or can be inside out), which tastes crunchy as it contains seaweed and vegetables. But there is still a balance of chewiness and crisp flavors.
Nigiri is another favorite type of sushi, with a right amount of sushi rice topped with fish with wasabi in between. This sushi tastes very creamy from the soft rice and with the right amount of melt-to-your-mouth goodness. It has a fresh and natural flavor, as the fish is raw. The nigiri also has a bit of spice and tanginess from the wasabi between it.
Sashimi, or fish alone, should have a very creamy texture, slowly melting into your mouth without a foul smell or taste. It has a very fresh taste as if it were just freshly caught from the sea.
Its taste all boils down to the quality of ingredients used. Rice is one of the important factors. It should have the right texture, which is slightly warm and falls apart in your mouth.
The fish used would be a bit cool and with the RIGHT cut. Quality fish, may it be an eel, tuna, or salmon, should be creamy and have balanced flavors- Not too fishy, but a fresh taste.
Now that you know what sushi tastes like, how can you eat it the proper way? Here are the steps to the right way to eat nigiri or maki:
There are restaurants or convenience stores that sell cheap sushi, for those on a budget and want a quick sushi fix (which is a bit unfortunate, as it’s better to save up for a gastronomic experience!). In case you do come across bad sushi, how can you tell the difference?
Here is what you need to know about bad versus high-quality sushi:
High-quality sushi shouldn’t crumble when held. It must have the right temperature, vinegar, and other factors that make the rice correctly pressured without it being too hot or cold. Tuna should be pink and look well-marbled, or at least bright red and firm. It should taste CLEAN.
Are you wondering about how sushi tastes like and become an expert in what’s delicious and what’s not? Then you’ll need to make sure that you properly eat sushi and learn its true flavors based on the type and ingredients added to it.
I hope that this article helps you become more knowledgeable about the art of sushi and what it tastes like. Now that we answered your question: “What does sushi taste like?” you can eat all the sushi you want and identify its flavors with ease.
If you have any questions or would like to share some tips about eating sushi, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.
About Rick Goldman
Rick Goldman's grandpa was a captain of a California coast cruise.
With this luxury, as a young boy, Rick traveled to exciting places of the Pacific Coast.
There Rick got to try different exotic foods along the journey.
These days Rick really likes blogging from the beautiful garden of his grandpa's home, sharing their magical journeys and culinary experiences of the old days.