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Do you eat your nigiri sushi with hands or chopsticks?


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Do you eat your nigiri sushi with hands or chopsticks?  

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I don't eat Japanese food much in Thailand mainly because I'm not thrilled with the choices in Pattaya and not a big fan of the Zen and Fuji chains either.

Anyway, had some sushi tonight at Zen and noticed the other customers were middle class Thais all ordering nigiri sushi and all eating it with chopsticks.

Is this the way middle class Thais generally eat nigiri sushi?

Because it's WRONG.

I learned years ago, you dip it fish side down in the soy sauce and/or wasabi and you use your hand!

OK, I noticed people looking at me as if I didn't know how to eat it. Like they're "Asian" so they know better. Nope. They don't.

So do you bend to local incorrect procedures even when they're the ones who don't know?

I guess it depends. I noticed continentals eat apples with utensils while American just bite into it all direct like because that's how we do. I did that once in Europe and the locals looked at me like I had just arrived from the jungle. So if I lived in Europe, I would probably bend.

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Nigiru

握る means to grasp 

  • get a hold
  • take hold (by hand)

[Action]

  1. clutch (firmly)
  2. double (roll)
  3. enclasp
  4. hold

ONIGIRI, NIGIRI SUSHI are all eaten with the hands, the seaweed (nori) is on the outside to facilitate that, no sticky fingers. Nori Maki (California rolls etc.), sushi, sashimi are eaten with chopsticks.

End of debate. Doesn't matter what people do, the way to eat it is in the name.

Oz

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Nigiru

握る means to grasp 

  • get a hold
  • take hold (by hand)
[Action]
  • clutch (firmly)
  • double (roll)
  • enclasp
  • hold

ONIGIRI, NIGIRI SUSHI are all eaten with the hands, the seaweed (nori) is on the outside to facilitate that, no sticky fingers. Nori Maki (California rolls etc.), sushi, sashimi are eaten with chopsticks.

End of debate. Doesn't matter what people do, the way to eat it is in the name.

Oz

Darn Oz, I didn't know this was a debate...shoot, I thought the OP was simply asking personal preference.

But I would like to ask for some clarity. The menu below calls each of the items Nigiri Sushi...but by your description, some must not be since they do not have seaweed wrap. What is the name of the type the large slice of fish and without the seaweed?

Thanks

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The ones 'fenced in' with nori are Nigiri Sushi, the 'banding' is only a fairly recent decoration thing, they are just plain sushi in my books. These days even in Japan the lines are blurred. There is no use debating it even with a Japanese as the opinions will vary. If you want to get into the debate it goes like this....

Nigiru as I mentioned means to grasp or hold, so some interpret that as the way the item is MADE by grasping it in your hand, forming the rice ball

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And yet others say it is the way to eat it with your hands

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You can argue till the cows come home, and I have over many a beer at boring office parties, keeps the Japanese amused no end!

Websites these days, cop out by saying you can use both hands and chopsticks, but if you look at it historically, this is wrong.

Now you have heaps of ammo for your next drinking session with a boring Japanese Salary Man....

Oz

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Because it's WRONG.

How you eat something can't be right or wrong. The method might be PC or polite in certain social contexts or gauche or whatever, but if it reaches the mouth en route to the stomach ... mission accomplished.

There was a time when people were told it was WRONG to have white wine with red meat or wear white after (US) Labor Day or to deep fry Twinkies or to sit above the salt unless invited ...

As horrifying as any of these minor sins may be, they seldom result in arrests or deportation.

I'm not thrilled with the choices in Pattaya and not a big fan of the Zen and Fuji chains either.

I agree, but nonetheless I do Fuji for Sashimi and hot sake about once a week. The service at Fuji- Bic C Extra was particularly deplorable last week and never liked the one at Central. May have to return to Fuji at Big C North for a try.

Did eat once at the place on Soi Yamato. It seemed marginally better than Fuji but it felt like eating in someone's basement.

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I eat Sushi like I eat Sashimi : But I eat Sashimi like I eat Udon. But Udon I eat like Karage. Karage I eat like Teppanyaki. Teppanyaki I eat like Ramen, however I only eat Ramen like Sushi.

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I eat the kind with fish on top with my hands, but sometimes eat the small rolled up ones with the fish inside wrapped in seaweed with chopsticks. It depends on what is the most convenient.

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I eat the kind with fish on top with my hands, but sometimes eat the small rolled up ones with the fish inside wrapped in seaweed with chopsticks. It depends on what is the most convenient.

Choose one or the other....stop procrastinating....JT demands answers!!

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I eat the kind with fish on top with my hands, but sometimes eat the small rolled up ones with the fish inside wrapped in seaweed with chopsticks. It depends on what is the most convenient.

So you do eat nigiri sushi with your hands.

Correct answer! thumbsup.gif

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I don't eat sushi in Thailand. I am just reluctant to trust proper fish handling and storage here. I'm sure it's OK but I've always been wary. While growing up I wouldn't eat it outside of Japan or Hawaii. When I finally broke down and had some in Seattle I had a week long bout with food poisoning... LOL.

Back on topic, I travel to Japan quite a bit and I can say that whatever way may be proper, the people of Japan do it various ways. I have even seen them take the fish off, run it through the shoyu, put it back on the rice and eat it.

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Just came across this video and remembered this thread. Here is a "top Japanese sushi chef" telling you how to do it. The way he says to hold the nigiri differs from the OP video of the chef from Lincoln Park. I guess if the sushi chefs cant come to a consensus, maybe we shouldn't worry so much.. LOL.

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