Sushi: Complex and Delicate Flavors

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When the moment arises and you place a perfectly bite sized piece of sushi on your tongue, no matter what the type of sushi is, they all have one thing in common: a mix of intricate beautiful flavors all working together to create a unique taste that is worthy of the gods. It starts a little bitter due to the rice vinegar that is used in preparing sushi rice, then salty from the seaweed wrapping, a strong fish flavor is usually prominent in the mix, and as you begin to chew you will notice the crunch of a few finely chopped vegetables, maybe cucumber, carrots, or water chestnuts depending on what type of sushi you're trying. The flavors can be balanced by the addition of a creamy ingredient. Cream cheese or avocado are popular choices, the creamy texture adds another facet to the complex taste that sushi is all about. The sweet, tangy, and strong flavor of pickled ginger can be placed on top to add even more flavor and to cleanse the palate between each piece. When all these flavors mix together to create an all new experience for the palate, that is when you can truly enjoy what sushi is about. With so many flavors and an unlimited combination of ingredients there are bound to be at least a few types of sushi anyone can appreciate. The best sushi uses fresh ingredients and carefully learned skills to assemble a piece of artwork that will melt in your mouth as it is being consumed.
Sushi rice, which can be made from either white or brown rice, is the staple of nearly all sushi although there are some new creations using alternatives such as quinoa, beans, and even couscous. Traditional sushi rice has a mildly sweet and sour taste that cleanses the mouth with each bite. This allows you to taste each ingredient as you are ea...

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...f the other options that are springing up in the sushi world. After you have had a successful attempt with a simple roll each new recipe will be a delightful experience that will lead into a wonderfully tasteful future.
No matter what type of sushi you decide to eat you will be pleasantly surprised by the complex and delicate flavors that are infused into each bite. Even the most devoted lovers of sushi will tell you not every kind is for them. It may take a few tries to find just the right style of sushi to suit you, but with all the varieties available it will undoubtedly be a successful venture if you keep at it!

Works Cited

"The History of Sushi in the U.S." food52. Leah Bhabha. 29 November 2013. Web. 01 April 2014
“Discover Sushi.” The History Kitchen. PBS. 05 September 2012. Web. 24 April 2014 n.d. Web. 28 March 2014

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