Like all New Yorkers of a certain age, I love sushi. But recently, I’ve become a little suspicious that I’ve been eating it the wrong way.
And yes, it seems that there actually is a wrong way.
I highly encourage you to check out this wrist-slapping etiquette piece, which uses a nifty diagram and an even niftier video of Chef Keiichi Masuda (of Mikado restaurant) to explain the right way to consume those oh-so-tasty nigiri. Here’s a quick summary:
- Use your hands! At least, for the traditional-fish on-rice nigiri pieces. Chopsticks are still okay for rolls (maki).
- The fish goes down! When dipping it into the soy sauce. Dipping the other way ruins the flavor of the rice.
- The fish stays down! Introducing the fish to your tongue first keeps the flavors in the right order.
I’m certainly going to take this advice to heart. What about you?