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Old 01-20-2006, 04:41 PM   #1
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Sushi dip?

Besides soy, what is good for the California rolls and Phillidelphia rolls?
One will be cream cheese and smoked salmon, the other will be, crab and avacado.

What is pickled ginger and what do you do with it?

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Old 01-20-2006, 08:23 PM   #2
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Pickled ginger are thin slices of ginger that are...well...pickled (sorry I don't really mean to be a wise guy lol). It is used to clean the pallet between different types of sushi. So you would eat a few pieces if you just ate some California rolls and now you wanted to switch to Phillidelphia rolls. Of course you do not NEED to do this, but that is basically the reason behind the ginger.

As for other sauces, I know this is not a sauce, but wasabi paste goes great with sushi if you like a little bit of heat. You can buy it as a paste in a tube or you can buy it powdered and you just need to add water. Keep in mind that you will not find "real" wasabi and 99 out of 100 times you will not find the real stuff in restaurants here either. The real stuff is extremely rare and expensive and is different in taste to the wasabi that you will find in the supermarket which I think (someone correct me if I am wrong) is actually horseradish with some sort of coloring. Don't be disappointed in not having the real stuff though. I heard this said once that it is kind of like the difference between turtles that you buy in the candy shop and turtles you find in the swamp. While the candy shop version is not the "real" turtle, it probably is the one you would prefer to eat
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Old 01-20-2006, 08:24 PM   #3
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Oh I also meant to say you could try some Ponzu sauce in addition to just regular soy sauce. Ponzu is citrus infused soy sauce.
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Old 01-20-2006, 08:26 PM   #4
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Okay. Thanks GB. I don't think I'll worry over the ginger. But, I will go find the wasabi. I got my stuff in today and I'm ready to get going on it Sunday.
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Old 01-20-2006, 08:28 PM   #5
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Yeah the ginger certainly is not necessary, but if you happen to see it in the supermarket (in the Asian section of course) pick it up. It is tasty stuff and lasts forever.
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Old 01-20-2006, 11:47 PM   #6
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where's iron chef? he's the asian sauce / seafood expert 'round here.

i just saw a thing on tv about the "proper" (whatever tastes good to you is proper imo, so don't get all bent out of shape) way to eat sushi and sashimi. for nigiri sushi (bite size pieces of fish on vinegared rice, the most common), you are supposed to eat it by holding it with your fingers, not chopsticks, and if you must, you may dip the fish portion only in straight soy sauce. don't soak up the soy sauce in the rice, and don't add wasabi to it. the chef has already put wasabi between the fish and rice, when appropriate.
also, eat the whole piece of sushi in one bite. don't try to bite in half, and leave a mangled piece on the plate.

of course, gunkan (a nori "boat" with rice on the bottom and fish such as roe/eggs filling the top), maki (roll), and temaki (hand rolled like a corucopia) sushi should be eaten by hand, and not dipped as well.

for sashimi and chirashi sushi (sashimi scattered over a box or bowl of rice), use chopsticks, and mix wasabi into the soy sauce to taste. dip the fish sparingly in the soy/wasabi mix. again, eat the whole piece. eat the accompanying bowl or box of rice to cleanse the palate, but don't hold the bowl to your mouth and shovel, unless godzilla is attacking and you're really hungry. it's sticky rice, so you can eat it easily in clumps with your chopsticks. it is, however, ok to eat soup by picking out the larger pieces with chopsticks, and drinking the soup from the bowl.

as far as other sauces; there are tons of japanese and korean sauces, but i've never had them offered with sushi, and i've eaten sushi in dozens of places, literally thousands of times.

that said, my wife likes to dip sushi in the sauces, mostly soy based, often sweet, that come with appetizers such as shu mai and negimaki.

hope this helps a little.
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Old 01-20-2006, 11:53 PM   #7
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To add to the great info from Buckytom, when you place the sushi in your mouth, the fish should be the first thing to hit your tongue. It is the fish you want to taste first, not the rice.
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Good info, BT, Thanks!
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BT pretty much nailed most of it.

Another good sauce that would work with a lot of sushi is kabayaki. It's the same sauce that goes with the unagi. You can buy a bottled version. Sweet Thai Chili sauce also works good.
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Old 01-21-2006, 08:43 AM   #10
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Wow, thanks BT. I didn't know I was going to get an etiquette lesson
I appreciate the info! I've only eaten sushi twice and that was a few years back, and couldn't remember what it was that was on the little plate they brought. It was a small hole in the wall place, nothing like Benihanas or anything, or I probably wouldn't have gotten sauces. Can't wait til tomorrow .
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