Ordering sushi can seem like a chore. So many combinations of so many things that you don’t eat on a regular basis. The ordering process can really hold a lot of n00bs back from ordering sushi at all. Read on to learn how to go pro in sushi ordering.
Read over reviews
When it comes to sushi, you don’t mess with quality. Do your due diligence and read over reviews of the place if you have never been there before.
Know before you go
Know the difference between each form of sushi, and you’ll never have to get that confusing “did I order this?” roll. Nigiri is raw fish on a ball of sushi rice. Sashimi is the raw fish on its own, with no rice or seaweed. Maki is any variety of seaweed-wrapped roll — and uramaki is when it has rice on the outside. Lastly, there is temaki, which yes, is a roll, but it is the raw fish and other ingredients hand-rolled into a cone shape.
Know how to roll
We might be sushi experts but that still doesn’t mean we know exactly what’s in a Hot Night Roll.
A few of the basics:
Philadelphia Roll: salmon, avocado, asparagus, and cream cheese
New York Roll: salmon, yellowtail, and tuna with sesame seeds on top
Spider Roll: soft-shell crab, cucumber, avocado, sprouts, and sometimes spicy mayo
Rainbow Roll: an assortment of fish and avocado, on top of a California roll (crab, avocado, and cucumber)
Alaska Roll: avocado, imitation crab meat, rice, salmon and nori
Don’t be afraid to try new things
No sense in being afraid of trying something a little different. If you like a salmon avocado roll, try an Alaska Roll for an addition of crab that could very well make your sushi experience better. And if you’re a fan of spicy tuna, give spicy crab a try. It’s the same flavor, just a bit more filling.
Now that you know what you’re getting into, go forth and order the crap out of some sushi tonight!