Sushi – the quintessential Japanese cuisine which is often the most popular dishes to try when visiting Japan.
In 2013, Sushi was declared by UNESCO as an official intangible cultural asset, and is well known throughout the world.
However, there are often a bamboozling array of different sushi types – even just looking at the varieties of Sashimi, it can be difficult to know what type of fish is available. The Kanji characters for Sushi are also difficult, where sometimes even Japanese people are unable to read some of them!
However, it’s certain that sushi can be enjoyed more if one has a better understanding of it.
Therefore, we have prepared below a list of popular sushi types along with their explanations in our Sushi guide table below.
The Sushi Catalogue
|Sushi image||Japanese||Pronunciation||English||Prime season||Original form|
|鮪 まぐろ||Maguro||Lean tuna||Oct – March|
|中トロ||Chu-toro||Medium-fatty tuna||Oct – March|
|大トロ||O-toro||Fatty tuna||Oct – March|
|鯛 たい||Tai||Red snapper||Nov-May|
|小肌 こはだ||Kohada||Gizzard shad||Sep-Oct|
|鯵 あじ||Aji||Horse Mackerel||May-Aug|
|甘海老 あまえび||Ama-ebi||Sweet Shrimp||Sep-May|
|数の子 かずのこ||Kazunoko||Herring roe||Mar-Apr|
|鰻 うなぎ||Unagi||Grilled eel||July|
|玉子 たまご||Tamago||Fried Egg||All year|
|ネギトロ||Negi-toro||Minced fatty tuna||Oct-Mar|
|雲丹 うに||Uni||Sea Urchin||June-Aug|
|鉄火巻き てっか||Tekka-maki||Tuna roll||Oct-Mar|
|河童巻き かっぱ||Kappa-maki||Cucumber roll||All year|
So let’s order sushi!
Hopefully this table will come in useful for when ordering sushi!
This list can be used any time in any sushi restaurant, using the “pronunciation” column to make orders. Let’s enjoy eating Sushi!
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