vineri, 18 decembrie 2009

Do U love sushi? Oke


The traditional form of sushi is fermented fish and rice, preserved with salt in a process that has been traced to Southeast Asia, where it remains popular today. The term sushi comes from an archaic grammatical form no longer used in other contexts; literally, “sushi” means “it’s sour”, a reflection of its historic fermented roots. The science behind the fermentation of fish packed in rice is that the vinegar produced from fermenting rice breaks the fish down into amino acids. This results in one of the five basic tastes, called umami in Japanese. 

The oldest form of sushi in Japan, Narezushi still very closely resembles this process. In Japan, Narezushi evolved into Oshizushi and ultimately Edomae nigirizushi, which is what the world today knows as “sushi.” Contemporary Japanese sushi has little resemblance to the traditional lacto-fermented rice dish. Originally, when the fermented fish was taken out of the rice, only the fish was consumed and the fermented rice was discarded. The strong-tasting and -smelling funazushi, a kind of narezushi made near Lake Biwa in Japan, resembles the traditional fermented dish. Beginning in the Muromachi period (AD 1336–1573) of Japan, vinegar was added to the mixture for better taste and preservation. The vinegar accentuated the rice’s sourness, and was known to increase its life span, allowing the fermentation process to be shortened and eventually abandoned. In the following centuries, sushi in Osaka evolved into oshi-zushi. The seafood and rice were pressed using wooden (usually bamboo) molds. By the mid 18th century, this form of sushi had reached Edo (contemporary Tokyo). 

The contemporary version, internationally known as “sushi,” was invented by Hanaya Yohei at the end of Edo period in Edo. The sushi invented by Hanaya was an early form of fast food that was not fermented (therefore prepared quickly) and could be eaten with one’s hands roadside or in a theatre. Originally, this sushi was known as Edomae zushi, because it used freshly caught fish in the Edo-mae (Edo Bay or Tokyo Bay). Though the fish used in modern sushi no longer usually comes from Tokyo Bay, it is still formally known as Edomae nigirizushi.

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4 comments:

Magia da Inês on 18 decembrie 2009, 11:34 spunea...

Olá, amiga!
Conheci seu cantinho... lindo e variado... muita informação.
Amei!!!
Espero você em:
magiadaines.blogspot.com
Um ótimo fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
Itabira - Brasil

Anonim spunea...

i love sushi but i think i'll pass, yukk!

"BUTTERY"fly on 20 decembrie 2009, 04:31 spunea...

Oh yikes for those sushi..

Seriously, I eat sushi just not the ones with raw fish..

These photos ruined my appetite LOL!

XO

Elena sem H on 25 decembrie 2009, 18:04 spunea...

Hi

Nice having you over at my blog, thanks for the visit.
I love the modern sushi, had some this week and enjoyed it a lot.

Best from the other side of the ocean,

Elena

 

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