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13 August 2007 @ 03:48 pm
The information in the following post is a direct quote from Simply Sushi, a book and DVD by Steven Pallett. The only way I own this information is that my mother purchased me a copy of the book/dvd/rolling mat kit. I do not own and did not create the information here within. However, if you wish to purchase a copy of your own of the book/dvd/rolling mat kit, Amazon.com currently has a few used copies, and I'm sure there are other sites on the internet that have them, as well as stores that cary them.

"...Food should be prepared so as to do honour to the essence of it's ingredients chosen." - famous Japanese chef, Tsuji.

"THE MAIN TYPES OF SUSHI: Note: With no difference in meaning, sushi becomes -zushi, when used in conjunction with certain words.

Nigiri-zushi - (squeezed) - It is probably fair to say that sushi is best represented in the world by a hand formed style known as nigiri-zushi, or squeezed sushi. Typically these are small fingers of rice with a topping of mostly raw seafood, served in pairs at the sushi bar. It is also known as Edomae-zushi as it was first made in Edo, as Tokyo was known prior to 1868.

Maki-zushi - (Rolled) - For maki-zushi, a sheet of toasted nori seaweed is spread with a layer of seasoned rice and strips of seafood and/or vegetables etc are arranged on top. The whole is then rolled and cut into rounds.

Chirashi-zushi - (scattered) - Chirashi-zushi is seafood and vegetables in or on vinegared rice, typically served in lacquered bowls. It is certainly the easiest type of sushi to make and indeed is made in all kitchens in japanese homes.

Oshi-zushi - (pressed) - Literally translated, oshi-zushi means press moulded sushi. Typically, the desired garnishes, often cooked or marinated seafood are placed on the bottom of the mould. This is topped with the sushi rice and then pressed down to firm. The pressed sushi is then removed from the mould, turned upright and cut into bite size pieces.

Maze-zushi - (mixed) - Some sushi that is regarded as picnic, festival, lunch, or snack food that doesn't fit into the above, falls into this category. Two examples are inari-zushi and fukusa-zushi. Inari-zushi consists of deep fried bean curd pouches stuffed with sushi-meshi. For fukusa-zushi, a square of paper-thin omelette is used for wrapping the rice."

That's it for now. :)
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