8. At the table & at the bar

When one eats sushi is it useful to think about its origins and the way it developed into nigiri-zushi and maki-zushi. While sushi was created in bite-sized pieces as an early form of fast food to be eaten with the fingers, it is still helpful to know a bit about how to handle chopsticks, especially for the side dishes that cannot be picked up with the fingers. And, of course, there are also a few subtle, unwritten rules.

Japanese green tea, cha, is much more than a beverage which is a suitable accompaniment for cooked Japanese food or sushi. Green tea is deeply rooted in the Japanese culture and way of thinking and it is the central point around which the renowned Japanese tea ceremony revolves. There are many different types of green tea, each with its own character and taste, selected to suit the occasion. Green tea tastes perfect with sushi.

  • Mouritsen, Ole G.: Sushi: Food for the Eye, the Body & the Soul
    Springer; New York
    1st English ed., 2009, 360pp, 429 illus., 397 in color., Hardcover
    ISBN: 978-1-4419-0617-5

    At the over-matured sushi
    the Master
    is full of regret

    - Matsuo Bashō (1644-1694)