Types of sushi and how to recognize them

Hello Cocinacas! One of the latest gastronomic trends implanted in the West is sushi, and it's here to stay as we love it more and more. However, it still costs us distinguish between the types of sushi when we see them in a letter. So that you don't hesitate the next time you order them, today we would like to explain how to recognize them.

The Japanese cuisine It is dominated by white rice because it goes with most dishes. It plays a very important role in nutrition because it is one of the staple foods and the cereals with higher quality proteins.

Nevertheless, it is important to note that the Japanese don't just eat sushi, although this is the most famous dish outside of Japan. The condition Sushi it is generic and refers to the "vinegar" rice base, which is then seasoned with fish, seafood and other ingredients such as vegetables or eggs. That is, when we talk about sushi, we refer to all types out there, not one in particular.

Then we show you each type and a trick to recognize them.

The most popular types of sushi

  • Maki

Salmon makis

It is the best known, the typical sushi roll which is characterized by the nori seaweed that envelops the rice.

The ingredients can change, but the shape is easy to spot. To make it, divide the rice over the nori seaweed sheet and place the ingredients. This can be fish, vegetables or fruit and the whole is rolled up, creating a sushi roll that is cut into 6 or 8 pieces.

  • Uramaki

Salmon and cheese ramakis

You recognize it because it is the opposite of lemur, nori seaweed goes in and rises out.

Ura it means face upside down or opposite. The nori seaweed will collect the ingredients (they can be the same as in the maki) and a thin layer of rice will wrap them around. Some are seasoned with sesame, little roe deer or even have an extra cover, for example salmon or avocado.

  • Futomaki

Tray with futomakis

Futoi means bold in Japanese, so it refers to the maki but in its large version And width. It can be 3 inches thick and 5 inches long and contains up to 7 ingredients.

  • Nigiri

Tuna Niguiris

It's the simplest of them all, with the main ingredient on top of the rice ball.

That ingredient can include a strip of fish, seafood, or omelette. This type of sushi usually does not have seaweed, although you can sometimes find a thin sheet of nori seaweed that attaches the ingredient to the rice so it doesn't "flake". It is most often seen with niguiris van squid, Octopus or omelet.

  • Temaki

Temaki and other types of sushi

It is characterized by its conical shape and because you eat with your hands. Nori seaweed has a cone shape and contains the same ingredients as in other types of sushi.

  • Gunkan

Gunkan with deer

In Japanese it means armored ship and you could say this is the shape of this type of sushi.

It is made by hand, just like the niguiri (not using a mat). It is most special because rice is oval in shape and surrounded by a thick strip of seaweed to form a hole. This is filled using a spoon with ingredients such as roe deer, fermented soybeans, sea ​​urchin, oysters or fish and seafood, such as a tartar.

There are more types of sushi, but for now we wanted to show you the most common ones. We hope this article helps you and next time you order sushi you will know how to distinguish them by looking at the menu.

Which one do you like best? Tell us through the comments and also what your is favorite sushi restaurant.

Because we are sure that after reading about the different types of sushi you wanted to eat, here you can see the recipe for making homemade sushi. You tell us how it suits you.

See you soon, Kitchen!


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