When it comes to eating sushi, it can be a bit confusing. There is quite a bit of etiquette at sushi bars that you may not be aware of. The number one thing to remember is that our sushi chefs work hard to create a delicate balance of flavors and textures. If you want to enjoy the sushi the way you are supposed to, try not to mess with it too much. We already discussed this in relation to Ginger and Wasabi, but here are some more do’s and don’ts that you should know about.
Do: Eat Sushi With Chopsticks
Chopsticks are traditional Asian eating utensils. They can be dated back to sometime during the Shang Dynasty (1766-1122 BC) in China. Some sources believe that they can be dated back even earlier. It can be difficult to get the hang of them, but once you know how to use them, they are a breeze.
Don’t: Stab Your Sushi With Chopsticks
When you don’t quite know how to use chopsticks, it is tempting to stab your sushi. This will probably do more harm than good. It will break apart the rice which will make it more difficult to pick up anything.
Do: Eat Sushi With Your Hands
Honestly, it’s okay. If you are having trouble with your chopsticks, it is fine to eat sushi with your hands. It may get a little messy, but don’t worry about it.
Don’t: Dip the Rice Part of Your Nigiri in Soy Sauce
The sushi rice is sticky and this makes the nigiri easy to eat in one bite. When you soak the rice in soy sauce, it breaks up the rice, making it much more difficult to enjoy. Also, your sushi chef has worked to create the flavor combinations within the sushi rice. Drowning it in soy sauce will ruin those flavors.
Do: Dip the Fish Part of your Nigiri in Soy Sauce
Lightly dip the fish part of your nigiri in soy sauce. This gives it a hint of the soy sauce flavors without overpowering the nigiri.
Don’t: Eat a Piece of Sushi in Multiple Bites
All the flavors in a roll are supposed to be enjoyed all together. To taste all the complex flavors, you need to eat each piece in one bite. But once you place it in your mouth, take your time to enjoy each piece of sushi.
Do: Use Wasabi
If you want to make your sashimi a little spicier, then put some wasabi on it. It’s up to your taste. We would recommend that you do not go overboard. You don’t want the spiciness to completely overpower the other flavors.
Don’t: Mix Your Soy Sauce and Wasabi
Mixing these two flavors destroys their delicate balance. They are supposed to be tasted separately.
Do: Eat at the Sushi Bar
This may not exactly be a tip for etiquette, but it definitely changes your experience. When you eat at the sushi bar, your get the chance to watch the sushi chef. You also get to eat your sushi when it is at its freshest.
It’s fine if you don’t do everything perfectly! Eating sushi should be a fun experience. We want you to enjoy your time at the sushi bar. Don’t let following the rules get in the way of you having a good time.