By AMANDA CHAN
Central York High School
Many people are extremely misinformed about sushi and think it’s an exotic food only for the brave. Some think it’s all about eating raw fish. Others are simply terrified of seaweed. Yet sushi is so versatile, there are rolls that even the pickiest of eaters would enjoy. You just have to know the basics.
1. Not all sushi is raw fish. In Japanese, the term “sushi” actually means “rice and vinegar,” meaning sushi can contain anything from grilled chicken to fresh fruit to deep-fried shrimp. If you’re afraid to try raw fish, look on the menu for what you like. There’s enough variety for carnivores, vegetarians and everyone in between.
2. Don’t be afraid to request specially made rolls. For example, if you would like your roll extremely spicy, be sure to let the waiter or sushi chef know.
3. First-timers should start with the simplest rolls, such as the California roll — a proven favorite among Americans. The California roll consists of avocado and imitation crab wrapped in seaweed and rice. A more complex roll is the spicy crab roll, a mildly spicy mixture of imitation crab and mayo wrapped with rice and seaweed.
4. Feel free to experiment with the traditional Japanese condiments. The green, mushy substance served alongside sushi rolls is wasabi, an ingredient used sparingly for a bit of spiciness and pop. The pink bundle of shaved vegetable is ginger, which is tangy and acts as a mouth palate. Of course, soy sauce is the black liquid that can add saltiness and soybean to your sushi.
5. Some sushi rolls are very healthy while others are not. Many people turn to sushi in hopes of achieving a diet free of heart disease and calories. Although an avocado roll might be both calorie-conscious and delicious, a deep-fried shrimp tempura roll might only be the latter. A few of the healthiest rolls include cucumber roll, sun-dried tomato roll and the yellow tail roll.