From avocado maki to beef nigiri, there’s more to sushi than just raw fish.
Traditional Japanese sushi originally started out as just rice and fish. But nowadays, it comes in all different shapes and sizes with different fillings and toppings.
What are the different types of sushi?
Whether you prefer traditional sushi, meaty options or vegan-friendly ones, there are types of sushi for every foodie. Fish wise, choose from the likes of salmon, tuna and prawn sushi – sometimes raw, sometimes cooked and sometimes tempura style. When it comes to meat, chicken and beef are most common. And for veggies and vegans, there are egg and tofu sushi options as well as avocado, which a lot of the time accompanies meat and fish, along with cucumber.
Stuffed rolls, open cones or topped vinegar rice; find the type of sushi that’ll tickle your fancy…
The most sushi-looking sushi of them all is the maki. Translating to “roll” in Japanese, the clue’s in the name, as it’s made up of fish or meat, veg and rice rolled into a sheet of seaweed.
Like an inside out maki, uramaki still features a veg and fish or meat filling wrapped in seaweed, but with rice on the outside. A prime example’s the classic California roll.
Not one to share or try to eat elegantly, the temaki’s the most unique member of the sushi family. Basically a sushi in ice cream form, it consists of a hand-rolled seaweed cone stuffed with fish and vegetables.
The odd one out of the bunch, sashimi isn’t technically sushi. To qualify as sushi, you’ve gotta have rice. So, what is sashimi? Equally as tasty, sashimi is slices of either fresh, raw fish or meat and only the very best cuts of fish and meat are used. So even if it ain’t sushi, you know you’re getting a good thing.
To put it simply, nigiri is vinegar rice topped with vegetables or raw fish – typically salmon or tuna. Traditionally, there’s a bit of wasabi layered between the two, which gives things an extra kick.
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