Sushi has become a main staple in American diets. People from all social demographics seem to indulge in this finger food. But, did you know, there are a few rules to live by when visiting your local sushi bar. Below is a quiz I have created to enlighten even the most experienced sushi eater. After completion you’ll see an answer key below….No cheaters, please post the amount of questions you got right…….Good Luck!
|1. Greet the chef|
|2. Use your hands|
|3. Sit at the Sushi Bar|
|4. Ask Questions|
|5. Arrange Your Chopsticks|
|6. Stuff your mouth|
|7. Leave Chopsticks Sticking Up|
|8. Use your phone|
|9. Rub Chopsticks Together|
|10. Pour you own Sake/Beer|
|11. Put Ginger on sushi|
|12. Mix Wasabi in Soy Sauce|
|13. Order Drinks/Soup from Chef|
1. Do-Greet the Chef: Smile and a small slow bow with your hands by your side will suffice.
2. Do-Use your hands: Your fingers are just as acceptable as using chopsticks.
3. Do-Sit at Sushi Bar: Interact directly with the Chef and get your sushi FRESH!!
4. Do-Ask Questions: Inquire where the fish is from, how it was prepared. (Never ask if the fish is fresh, it’s considered insulting)!
5. Do-Arrange your chopsticks: When you’re not eating, place your chopsticks parallel to the Sushi Bar, tips pointing left or on the edge of your plate.
6. Do-Stuff your mouth: The rule of thumb is 1 piece at a time.
7. Don’t-Leave Chopsticks sticking up: A pair of chopsticks stuck in a bowl of rice is a tradition used during funerals.
8. Don’t-Use your phone: If you have to make a call or post a pic on Instagram, politely ask permission.
9. Don’t-Rub Chopsticks Together: This action implies that the bar uses cheap chopsticks. Once you split, if splinters remain, kindly ask for another pair.
10. Don’t-Pour your own Sake/Beer: It’s actually polite to have the person joining you refill your Sake or Beer glass. Kindly return the favor.
11. Don’t-Put Ginger on Sushi: Ginger is used to clear your taste palette in between bites.
12. Don’t-Mix Wasabi in Soy Sauce: If you want more heat, apply the Wasabi directly on the fish.
13. Don’t-Order drinks/soup from chef: Chefs only handle sushi & sashimi; order starters & dessert from your server.
TIP: Here in California restaurants are rated with letter grades. I recommend only eating at sushi bars that are rated with an “A”.