You've been eating sushi all wrong: Why you should never dip sushi in soy sauce

Written by Henrik Rothen

Aug.28 - 2023 12:54 PM CET

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Why you should never dip sushi in soy sauce.

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Sushi, a Japanese delicacy, has taken the world by storm, it has become incredibly popular over the last 15 years.

However, as sushi's popularity has grown, so has the misunderstanding of how to properly enjoy it. A recent article by Dagens.se highlights some of the common mistakes people make when eating sushi, based on Japanese etiquette.

Five Things Japanese People Never Do When Eating Sushi

  1. Don't Dip the Rice in Soy Sauce: Contrary to popular belief, only the seafood, fish, and egg parts of the sushi should be dipped in soy sauce, not the rice.

  2. No Ginger on Top: The pickled ginger served with sushi is intended to be a palate cleanser between different types of sushi, not a topping.

  3. Don't Mix Wasabi and Soy Sauce: Many people mix wasabi into their soy sauce, but this is not in line with traditional sushi etiquette. Wasabi and soy sauce should be enjoyed separately to complement the sushi.

  4. Eat in One Bite: Sushi is meant to be consumed in one bite; it's not something you should bite in half.

  5. Chopsticks Optional: While many believe that all Asian food must be eaten with chopsticks, it's perfectly acceptable to eat sushi with your fingers. High-end sushi restaurants even provide moist towels for you to clean your fingers.

Your Choice

Of course, how you choose to enjoy your sushi is entirely up to you, but knowing the traditional etiquette can enhance your dining experience.

So, the next time you find yourself at a sushi restaurant or even making sushi at home, keep these tips in mind for a more authentic experience.

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