Do you think you know a lot about sushi? Well, think again. For starters, did you know that, according to Breakfast Magazine, sushi does not heritate from Japan, but from ancient China. It made its official appearance in Japan only after it had become a delicacy in China. The first written proof of sushi’s existence was deriving from China’s Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) and came to Japan in the Heian Period (794-1185 CE).
The Idea of Sushi
Sushi consists of fermented fish or meat, together with rice. The idea behind it all goes long back to when feudal lords wanted the fish they were eating to be as fresh as possible, even though they weren’t living close to the sea. This resulted in various cooks experimenting with different ways to preserve the fish’s freshness and make it edible even after serving it a long time after it was caught. Hence, the concept of sushi was born.
Today, sushi has become a popular delicacy all over the world. It comes with different combinations, flavors and side dishes. Restaurants are competing with each other to make their sushi most appealing to the eye and the most exciting for the palette.
Is Sushi Safe to Eat?
It all comes down to how the sushi is prepared. If it’s undergone proper preparations and the standards of food sanitation, then it should be safe to eat. However, some businesses tend to compromise on these procedures due to lack of resources, which is why you need to be cautious when eating raw seafood.
Have you heard of the term ‘sushi-grade’? Only the best quality fish can be marked with sushi-grade and only a few stores provide it. If a fish is marked with sushi-grade it means that it can most likely be served raw.
Always think twice about where you’re eating. It’s worth it to pay a little more for better quality restaurants that rely on suppliers flash freezing their fish in order to keep the fish as fresh as possible, and kill whatever parasite that might had survived without this special treatment.
However, studies show that the best way to eliminate microorganism and parasites in seafood is to cook it or heat it at quite a high temperature. Although if you do this, the fish won’t keep its raw texture and the feeling of freshness in the same way.
What You Don’t Want to Know About Sushi
Eating raw fish, or seafood in general, actually increases the risks of getting food poisoning. So you might want to cut back on your sushi-mania, and mix it up with some well cooked food from time to time. If you have a weak immune system, you should actually avoid eating raw seafood at all costs.
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