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5 most common types of sushi in Japan

5 most common types of sushi in Japan

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Sushi is undoubtedly one of Japan's most famous dishes and it's becoming increasingly popular all over the world. This dish has evolved throughout the years, and there are so many variations and fillings for the type of sushi we see today.

From vegetables to raw fish and cooked meat, we are here to take you through the most popular types of sushi you'll encounter in not only Japan, but all over the world. 


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Often referred to as nori maki or norimaki, this is the most popular form of sushi in the world! The rice and ingredients are carefully rolled up in a sheet of seaweed, and then cut into smaller pieces. Long, thin rolls typically feature just one ingredient like a strip of fresh tuna or cucumber. Futomaki is the thicker variety of Makizushi which includes a combination of rice and complimentary ingredients.

Gunkan Maki

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Gunkan Maki is another type of maki (rolled or wrapped sushi) and was invented in the 1940's in a Ginza sushi restaurant. It's made by wrapping a wide strip of seaweed around a rice ball while leaving enough space at the top to fill with various ingredients, such as salmon roe and kanimiso (blended crab brains).

Temaki

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Temaki often resembles the shape of an ice cream cone. The rice and ingredients are held within a sheet of seaweed wrapped into a conical shape. It proves to be popular at restaurants throughout Japan, given how easy it is to prepare. Popular fillings include squid, pickled plum and fresh shiso leaves.


Nigiri

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Nigiri is the original form of sushi that we know today. It's made up of hand-pressed rice, and is topped with any number of ingredients. It is believed to have been invented as a type of fast food by a sushi chef working in the 1800's who decided to sell his freshly created sushi to nearby workers as a quick snack!

Sasazushi

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In Japanese, "sasa" refers to a bamboo leaf and saszushi refers to sushi consisting of rice and topping wrapped in a bamboo leaf. The topping for this type of sushi includes a wide range of wild vegetables such as mugwort and bamboo shoots, walnuts, mushrooms, miso, shredded omelette and salmon.

 

Feeling hungry? Why not make some at home yourself! Use Asian Home Gourmet's range of Japanese products, to bring the delights of authentic Japanese cuisine into your home today. 

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