Sushi for Newbies – All You Need to Know

If you’re new to the world of sushi, it can be intimidating. What is sushi? How do you eat it? Are chopsticks or hands better? What are the best beginner options? Don’t worry—we’ve got all the answers in this guide. If you are ready to dig in, come into Local’s Sushi today. We have the best sushi in Charleston and we promise we will make you our biggest fan!

What is Sushi?

Simply put, sushi is a Japanese dish made of vinegared rice and raw fish (called sashimi). It typically includes other ingredients like vegetables, seaweed, and fruit. Toppings often include ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce for dipping. The word “sushi” is not one specific taste, type, or fish; it is an entire menu chock full of fresh ingredients, balanced flavors, and insanely awesome configurations to love!

Balancing Flavors

One key to enjoying sushi as a beginner is finding the balance between salty and sweet flavors. Rice has a mild flavor so it won’t overpower other ingredients. The sweet flavor comes from the vinegar that is added to the rice when it’s cooked, while the saltiness comes from soy sauce or other seasonings used for dipping. Combine these two flavors with fresh seafood and vegetables to create an explosion of unique flavors in your mouth!

Chopsticks or Hands?

There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to eating sushi as a beginner. Some people prefer using chopsticks, while others prefer using their hands. If you choose chopsticks, make sure they are wide enough that they don’t break apart when picking up pieces of sushi. If you decide to use your hands instead, use them sparingly since too much handling can cause the rice to become sticky or mushy. You can also ask for a fork if needed.

Best Beginner Sushi

So what should you order as a beginner? We recommend starting out with simple choices like California rolls or cucumber rolls before venturing into more complex ones with multiple ingredients like spicy tuna rolls or Philadelphia rolls (cream cheese). Nigiri (pieces of raw fish on top of small balls of rice) is also an option for those feeling adventurous!

Is All Sushi About Raw Fish?

Although sushi usually involves raw fish, it doesn’t have to. Many sushi chefs continue to create new flavors and tastes. From sirloin steak to just veggies, there is literally something for everyone to enjoy!

Whether you’re looking for an exciting new dining experience or just want to try something different, give sushi a try! With this guide in hand, you’ll be ready for anything the menu throws at you—from understanding what sushi is and how it’s eaten, all the way through balancing flavors and choosing which types are best for beginners. Once you’ve got your feet wet with some simple roll options, we guarantee that you’ll be hooked. Come into Local’s Sushi today and you will walk out a sushi fan – guaranteed! Good luck—and bon appétit!