Sushi Eating Etiquette

Almost everyone loves to eat sushi, but have you ever thought of the etiquette that comes with eating sushi? If you don’t know about that, don’t be ashamed. As with eating anything, following the proper etiquette for eating shows another level of respect to the cuisine, and from others, an added respect for your foodie knowledge.

Here’s the sushi etiquette :

1) Eat your sushi in one bite
Sebenarnya makan dalam dua kali gigitan itu masih acceptable, tapi make sure kalau sisa yang belum dimakan itu tetap disumpit. Jangan ditaruh kembali ke piring.

2) Go easy on the soy sauce
Using too much soy sauce, just like adding flavor enhancers to anyone’s cooking, implies the original flavors of the food is not good enough.

3) Use the washcloth
Also known as the oshibori, this small, damp hand towel is given to you before the meal and during the meal for wiping your hands (and face as well). When you are done with it, fold it and place it back in its container, usually a little basket or tray.
Biasanya  kalau di Indo kan dikasih tissue basah, setelah dipakai pun dilipat (lipat dua kali) dan taruh di samping plate kita.

4) Fingers are okay
Although chopsticks are the norm, sushi is traditionally eaten as a finger food, so it is acceptable to eat with your fingers as well.

5) Clean the plate
It is just downright impolite to leave any rice on your plate.

Also, don’t forget the chopstick :

1) Don’t rub the chopsticks together
This implies the chopsticks are cheap and have splinters, which is an insult to the host – if anything, ask for a new pair.

2) Place them in front of you below the plate, parallel to the edge of the bar
Either that, or put the narrow ends on the has-hi oki (chopstick rest). However, do not lean them on the plate, cross them when setting them down, or stick them upright in a bowl of rice (looks like a funeral rite). Be sure they point right if you’re left-handed or left if you’re right-handed.
This is also applied in Chinese Restaurant.

3) Use the broad, blunt end to pick up from communal platter
It is impolite to use the same end you use to put sushi in your mouth to pick up food. Use the broad end if need be.

4) Don’t pass food by chopsticks to another
in the Japanese funeral ritual, family members pass bones of the deceased to each other by chopsticks, so doing the same with sushi would just be offensive. If sharing is necessary, simply pick it up and place it to the other person’s dish. However, between lovers or parents and children, this rule is exempt and is as seen as a gesture of closeness.

So don’t forget to follow those rules, although it doesn’t make your sushi taste better, but you are eating sushi with classy manner 🙂


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