Turns out we’re not as cultured as we thought. According to world-renowned sushi chef Naomichi Yasuda, there are rules when it comes to eating sushi that you probably didn’t know about and are probably breaking. Fun fact: Yasuda says the most important ingredient in sushi is actually rice, not fish.
First, you’re supposed to eat sushi rolls with your fingers, holding the seaweed portion of the sushi roll and dipping it gingerly into the soy sauce. That means no chopsticks and no heavy dipping.
Also, you’re not supposed to put the ginger in the soy sauce or eat it with the sushi. Ginger should only be eaten by itself and to cleanse your palate between rolls. Yasuda shares it’s actually considered bad manners to eat ginger with your sushi roll. Ginger is also supposed to be eaten with your fingers so stop reaching for those things already!
You can use chopsticks when eating sushi (different from sushi rolls), but there’s also a specific way to hold these pieces; one side of your chopsticks should be touching the piece of fish on top, while the other chopstick should be touching the rice on the bottom so it’s sandwiched between the two.
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