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Going a Long Way: Sushi

Sushi is a popular dish that originated in Japan and has spread around the world. It is made up of vinegar-ed rice and is typically served with raw fish, vegetables, or eggs, often wrapped in seaweed. While it may seem like a modern food sensation, the origins of sushi can be traced back centuries.

The first form of sushi is thought to have originated in the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam around the 8th century. It was called "nuoc mam" and was made by salting and fermenting fish in a mixture of rice and water. This method of preservation allowed the fish to be stored for several months, although the rice would be discarded after the fermentation process.

Sushi made its way to Japan in the 9th century, where it was known as "nare-zushi." This form of sushi was also made by fermenting fish and rice together, but the rice was eaten along with the fish. It was a common food for the working class, as it was cheap and could be easily stored and transported.

Different types of sushi

Over time, the fermentation process was shortened and the rice was seasoned with vinegar. This new form of sushi, called "haya-zushi" was served in bite-sized pieces and became popular among the upper class. It was also around this time that raw fish was added to the dish and it became known as "sashimi", which means "pierced body."

In the 19th century, a new form of sushi called "nigiri-zushi" was created. It was made by shaping vinegared rice into small balls or ovals and topping it with raw fish or other ingredients. This form of sushi became very famous, and sushi restaurants began to appear in Japan.

During this time, sushi also started to spread to other parts of the world. It was first introduced to the United States in the 1960s and has since become a popular food in many countries.

Today, sushi is enjoyed around the world in a variety of forms. It can be found in high-end sushi restaurants as well as in more casual settings such as sushi bars and conveyor belt sushi restaurants. It is also a popular choice for takeout and can be found in many supermarkets and convenience stores.

In addition to traditional sushi, there are also many variations and fusion styles that have emerged. Some popular examples include the California roll, which is made with avocado and crab, and the spicy tuna roll, which is made with tuna and spicy mayonnaise.

California Roll

Today, sushi has become a global phenomenon and can be found in many countries around the world. It has long evolved from its humble beginning as a method of preserving fish and become a beloved dish enjoyed by people all over the world. So the next time you enjoy a tasty sushi roll, take a moment to appreciate the rich history and cultural significance behind this delicious and iconic food.

Works Cited:

“Exclusive Japanese Sushi Restaurant: Nare Sushi: Home.” NARE SUSHI - Sushi Omakase & Kaiseki,

Ricardocuisine. “8 Recipes for Sushi Night Done Right.” Ricardo,


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