List of 6 Forms of Sushi

Sushi is a very famous Japanese cuisine that is eaten on many occasions not only by Japanese, but around the world by people. Some of them are made by professionals and are very expensive, and some are cheap enough to have as a daily snack.

Even though every dish is called "sushi", there's actually a variety of formats under that category. This time we are going to see principal forms of sushi.


Niguiri is the most basic style of sushi that is putting a slice of raw fish, baked egg or a piece of shrimp, which are called “neta”, on a block of rice cooked with vinegar called “shari”. This style is served as a form of snack that is sold at supermarkets, but is also sold as a premium item at an exclusive restaurants. A harmony of shari and neta and accent of spice called wasabi and soy sauce give it a fresh fresh.


Ehou-maki and Sukeroku-zushi are called Maki style sushi. Maki means “rolled” in Japanese. Literally these sushi are rolled and consisting of rice, seaweed and the other fillings like baked egg and cucumbers and so on. People use various fillings depending on local areas. For example people from Miyazaki put salada into it.


Its recipe is quite simple. You just put rice cooked with vinegar into deep fried bean curd cooked with “dashi” soup made from sugar, soy sauce and dashi that is a traditional Japanese cooking sauce. Sometimes people mix shellfish and rice that is called “gomoku-inari”. It is so convenient to eat that people sometimes put them in lunchboxes to bring with and eat at workplaces or school.


It is a style of sushi that put shredded Japanese omelette, sliced raw fish, salmon roe and seaweed on rice cooked with vinegar. It is usually eaten at some celebratory situations in Japanese culture because it is very colorful and big plates are used to serve so it looks gorgeous.  


Chakin sushi is also eaten at celebratory situations. But its style is quite different from the former one. People wrap mixed some vegetables, chicken and rice cooked with vinegar with thin Japanese omelette. People started to eat it in a tea ceremony in the Taisho Era (1912-1926), in other words, it is a very classy and traditional form of sushi.


“Oshi” means “to push” in Japanese. People put rice and fillings into a shaper and cut them into a mouthful size like a cake. Mackerel is the most famous fillings among all for oshi style sushi.  


Sushi is representing Japanese cuisine and it has a variety of forms and filings. In Japanese culture, sushi is one of essential dishes at celebratory situations.

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