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Sushi, Sushi, By the Seashore
"Sushi! Who doesn't love it? Here's a little quiz to see how much you know about this tasty dish."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
We'll start off with an easy one. From what country does the dish (and word) "sushi" originate?
Okay, so now that we know where it comes from, what exactly IS sushi?
half-cooked fish in seaweed
rice with a garnish of egg, vegetables, fish, etc.
a big hunk of octopus
There are two main styles of sushi. One of the two consists of a (generally) oval-shaped ball of rice, with a garnish (usually fish) laid over the top - this is what most people think of when they think "sushi". What do we call this style of sushi?
There are two main styles of sushi. This next style is cylindrical. In the middle, you will find your filling (usually fish and/or vegetables). This is surrounded by rice, with a seaweed wrapper around the outside. It is then cut into smaller pieces that can be eaten in one or two bites. What do we call this style?
While we're talking about sushi, let's look into another, similar food you may have heard of: Sashimi. How is sashimi different from sushi?
No difference, just two words for the same thing.
Sashimi is just raw fish, no rice. Sushi always has rice.
Sashimi is sushi with raw fish, rather than egg or vegetable.
Sashimi is always cooked; sushi can be raw.
So you have a platter of sushi in front of you, with all kinds of varieties to choose from. Over in the corner, though, you see this little green glob of... well... what IS that thing?
Wasabi (Japanese horseradish)
Sweet bean paste (for dessert)
Creme de Pistachio (for flavoring)
Moldy fish (yikes!)
Looking at your plate of sushi, you see a pile of another odd-looking stuff, right next to that green glob. There are many thin slices of a pink or yellowish substance. It is definitely not fish. What is it?
Daikon (Japanese radish)
While most raw fish is perfectly safe to eat (assuming it is fresh, of course), there is one special kind of fish served in sushi restaurants that is potentially lethal (technically, it is served as sashimi rather than sushi, but hey...). In fact, the sushi chef needs to have a special license to be able to serve it. What fish is this?
There is a type of sushi restaurant here in Japan that I love to go to. You sit down at a booth, and a conveyor belt goes around and around with a selection of sushi on it. When you see what you want, you just take it from the belt and eat (and hope someone else doesn't get it first!). You pay by the number of plates you have on your table at the end of the meal. What is this kind of place called?
Maru (round) sushi
We've talked a lot about raw fish in this quiz. How about LIVE fish? Is it possible to get a dish of live fish in Japan?
Sure, no problem! It's everywhere!
No. Japan's animal cruelty laws prevent it.
Gross! Nobody would do that!
Yes, but it isn't very common.
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Compiled Aug 05 12