This Is the Right Way to Eat Sushi, According to a Renowned Japanese Chef

Step away from the soy sauce.

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We’re not here to tell you how to eat your food. If you like ketchup on your steak, ranch dressing on your spaghetti, or mustard on your pancakes, we’re not going to judge.

However, if you are interested in learning the proper way to eat raw fish, in a manner that complements the natural taste of the ingredients, we suggest you watch the above video featuring renowned Japanese sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa.

Chef Matsuhisa—who owns 47 highly regarded Nobu restaurants worldwide—is quite clear on the rules he provided to Business Insider:

You don’t need extra Wasabi – there should always be inside, between the rice and fish. 

You can use chopsticks or your fingers — it doesn’t matter.

A more traditional way of eating sushi is to take the fish, dip it into soy and then put the wasabi on the middle of the fish.

There are the three traditional ways: sashimi, nigiri, and roll.

For nigiri – make a half-turn, grab with chopsticks and dip into the soy sauce on the fish side. The rice shouldn’t touch the soy.

Ginger can be used to cleanse your pallet to clean the fish taste.

For sushi rolls – just a little dip of soy is needed.

All sushi should eaten in one bite.

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So there you have it. Best case scenario, you won’t look like Homer Simpson the next time you go out for sushi.


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