Pinch and Punch for the First day of the Month: Sushi

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Sushi does not mean “raw fish“.

The name means “sour rice“, and refers to the vinegared rice used in it. Not all sushi includes raw fish.

Five food facts about Sushi:

1. In Japan, an apprentice sushi chef spends two years learning to cook and season the rice, and another three learning to prepare fish, before he is allowed to work behind the sushi bar.

2. Almost 80% of the world’s Bluefin Tuna catch is used for sushi.

3. Raw fish slices served in restaurants are often flash frozen first using liquid nitrogen.

4. Raw fish in sashimi or sushi should not be served fresh and instead needs to “age slightly” to achieve a full flavour.

5. Traditionally, sushi is eaten with hands, not chopsticks.

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