food-1406883_1920Sushi is a Japanese cultural staple that has taken the world by storm in the last several decades. It comes in many shapes and varieties, but it is most commonly packaged in small portions consisting of rice, seaweed, and raw or cooked fish. Today Lombardi’s Seafood, your source for the best fish in Orlando, is going to explain some of the terms you should become familiar with if you are interested in preparing some sushi yourself.

Nigiri-zushi – This is the type of sushi that pops into your head when you think of sushi and it’s the one most popular outside of Japan. In its basic form it consists of a pad of rice with fish on top, and perhaps some wasabi.

Wasabi – If you’ve ever had sushi at a restaurant before, you have been served a little mound of a green paste on the side. This paste is referred to as wasabi, although it is not authentic wasabi. What you have encountered is reconstituted horseradish powder with food coloring. Real wasabi is hard to source for restaurants and is quite expensive, but you may find that some establishments do carry it.

Tempura – Tempura is seafood or vegetables that have been dipped in a batter and fried to give them a nice crunch.

Suzuki – Not the car, but instead the general Japanese name for sea bass.

Surimi – This is what is also known as imitation crab meat, or krab with a K. It is generally found in the California sushi roll.

Sashimi – Sashimi refers to the piece of raw fish fillets that are placed on top of the rice.

Sake – This is a rice wine that is very typical of Japanese-style restaurants. It can be served both hot or cold.

Hashi – These are your chopsticks! Use them wisely.

Gohan – This is plain, boiled rice.

Edamame – Typically served as a side dish or an appetizer, edamame is green soybeans that have been steamed and salted.

Tobiko – Flying-fish roe that can be served on top of nigiri-zushi and provide a crunchy texture and a pop of red color.

There you have it, the most important sushi terms that will help you understand what sushi and its accompaniments are comprised of. Learning these few simple terms will make you sound like the well-educated food connoisseur you were born to be. Head over to Lombardi’s Seafood right now and pick up the best fish in Orlando to use in a sushi recipe! We’re located on West Fairbanks Avenue, at the heart of Central Florida.