Origin of sushi
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SUSHI VS. SASHIMI
What’s the difference between sushi and sashimi?
Sushi and sashimi are both dishes you’ll find on the menu of a Japanese restaurant, and you might even order both at once, but they’re not the same thing.
Sushi consists of bite-sized pieces of cold, boiled rice, stuffed or topped with various ingredients. Sashimi is raw fish cut into thin slices.
The variety of sushi perhaps best-known outside of Japan is called maki (or maki-zushi). It’s made by forming a roll of rice around various fillings, especially vegetables, raw seafood, or a combination, and then wrapping the roll in seaweed and slicing it into small, bite-sized rounds. Another variety, nigiri (or nigiri-zushi), consists of bite-sized pieces of rice topped with raw seafood or something else.
In Japanese, the word sushi means “sour rice” (the rice is traditionally moistened with rice vinegar). The word sashimi comes from the Japanese sashi, meaning “pierce” or “stabbing,” and mi, “flesh” or “body.”
Many people associate sushi with a raw fish or seafood element, and it often includes these, but not always. It can be filled or topped with many other things—its essential ingredient is rice.
Sashimi, on the other hand, is simply thinly sliced raw fish (often accompanied with soy sauce or wasabi). (You may see some non-fish dishes prepared sashimi-style, which typically means they’re sliced thin like sashimi is.)
Here’s an example of sushi and sashimi used correctly in a sentence.
Example: I love ordering sushi with unusual combinations of ingredients, but sometimes I prefer the simplicity of sashimi.
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How to use sushi in a sentence
When I moved to Denver when I was 22, I was interviewed for this job at this sushi restaurant.Why You Don't Feel as Fulfilled From Your Job as You Think You Should|Eliana Dockterman|January 25, 2021|Time
In past games, sometimes he’d cut sushi the wrong way to poison his mark.‘Hitman 3’ is the grandest stage for your own stories, even as it tries to end its own|Gene Park|January 19, 2021|Washington Post
By age 35, he says, if you’re not eating sushi, 95 percent chance you never will.
The town was divided as ever, and people of Mitchell still had to wake up the next morning and face each other at the grocery store, church and the local sushi restaurant.A rural S.D. community ignored the virus for months. Then people started dying.|Annie Gowen|December 9, 2020|Washington Post
Kristin Eftoski, who lives in New Jersey, says she’s active on social media, and recently posted about getting sushi on the beach.People Are Dining Out, They Just Don’t Want Anyone to Know About It|Jaya Saxena|September 3, 2020|Eater
The best whiskies are made with finesse and the same attention to detail and mindfulness as the finest teas or sushi.Watch Out, Scotland! Japanese Whisky Is on the Rise|Kayleigh Kulp|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then he adds with resignation, “My wife eventually got fed up and decided we should go get the sushi.”Adventure Photographer Jimmy Chin: Defying the Rational, Physically and Creatively|Oliver Jones|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Germans have a special bond with their wurst; like pizza and Italians; sushi and the Japanese; or beer and, well, the Germans.
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Wonder and Lightning jump in: “And that guy Jiro, from Jiro Dreams of Sushi!”In the Backseat With Janelle Monae: A Limo Ride with the Stylish R&B Diva|Douglas Wolk|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST