First, what exactly is sushi?
First thing’s first, and we think it’s wise to clear up what exactly makes sushi, well, sushi. All around the world and certainly here in Melbourne, sushi comes in all different shapes and sizes and is often confused with sashimi. So, to best understand what sushi is, it’s easier to first know what sashimi is (they’re two completely different delicacies). Sashimi involves meat – it doesn’t have to be raw and it doesn’t have to be seafood – it just has to be a small piece of meat or seafood draped over a garnish like Japanese radish. Key point: no rice is involved. Sushi, on the flip side, is anything that involves the use of vinegared sushi rice. Boom, there it is, that’s the kicker! Maki is the type that’s wrapped in seaweed, nigiri the hand-pressed variety that involves a layer of seafood and wasabi, then oshi are the compact little squares. When you’re after sushi in Melbourne, your meal is going to be on top form if you can track down a combination of all of these.