Proper Sushi Etiquette According To A Sushi Master

In a spring month nine years ago, Zilla Sake House which is a sushi bar was launched by Kate Koo in NE Alberta. Since then, it has become one of the best sushi restaurants in the city because of its zen-like compliance to how traditional sushi are made and eaten with proper techniques.

With her experience in hand, Koo decided to share about the essential tips in order to differentiate the ideal from non-ideal sushi experience. For those who have always wondered how to properly eat this world famous dish, prepare to learn something new.

Before we get on with the techniques in eating sushi, let us learn more about Koo who is a rarity when it comes to female chefs that specializes in sushi. She was an apprentice for some of the best Japanese sushi chefs, known to have studied their craft in Japan, and this is where she learned how to properly cut seafood. She was also given a certificate by the Sake Education Council of Japan as a Certified Sake Professional. At the same time, she was given the Level 3 Award in Sake by the International Wine and Spirit Education Trust which is considered a distinctive award.

What is more interesting is that the birth name of Koo is also well known knife used in sushi making.

According to Koo, here are the crucial tips to remember when eating sushi:

  • Pickled ginger should not be taken together with a bite of sushi because it can overwhelm the subtle flavours within it but rather it should be eaten between bites because it serves as a palate cleaner.
  • It is okay to serve sake either as warm or cold drinks. Warming the sake is ideal because it brings out the aroma and a subtle difference can be tasted. For sake that can be served warm and cold, try Taiheikai.
  • As soon as your order of sushi arrives, it must be eaten because the quality of the fish is at its highest.
  • Each roll should have only one kind of fish to avoid overwhelming the flavour.
  • It is not recommended to use tuna and salmon in one roll.
  • Sushi should be eaten in a single
  • Consume everything on the sushi plate because the accompaniments help in digesting.
  • When eating sushi food in Bangkok, remember to use chopsticks for sashimi while your hands may be used with nigiri.


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