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Old 08-30-16, 04:00 PM
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Sushi question

At Disney Epcot, I sometimes get a box of sushi, it has two toppings on the side.

First is something like green cream, very strong and bitter. Maybe it is green onion cream?

The other is some kind of red vegetable. Sauce flavor is both sweet and spicy.

Not sure how common those toppings are with sushi. Kona cafe at the Polynessian hotel has the same toppings but with the full-size delicious sushi.
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Re: Sushi question

Very common.

Green stuff is Wasabi - a Japanese horseradish. You are supposed to mix it with soy sauce for a spicy dipping sauce.
The red stuff is pickled ginger. Sometimes it's white instead. It's a garnish.
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Re: Sushi question

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The red stuff is pickled ginger. Sometimes it's white instead. It's a garnish.
More of a palate cleanser than a garnish. You can suck on it (or chew it up and swallow it, if you're so inclined) between courses.
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Re: Sushi question

I use the ginger as a palate cleanser. Sometimes I'll even it out it on the piece with a dab of wasabi on top.
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Re: Sushi question

I am little late to the party in liking sushi after having a few friends recently get me hooked on eating it. I never knew wasabi was supposed to be mixed with soy sauce. I usually throw it out. I might try that soon.
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Re: Sushi question

I put the wasabi in my soy sauce because it's easy, but I think putting a little of it under the fish (between the fish and the vinegared rice) is another way to do it. As others have mentioned, the ginger is for in between sushi bites to cleanse your palate.
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Re: Sushi question

Sometimes I feel like a dork for eating so much pickled ginger at the sushi place but I love the taste of it.

And I always put the wasabi in the soy sauce, and sometimes even an extra dab on the roll.
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Re: Sushi question

I never eat the wasabi OR the ginger.
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Re: Sushi question

I was disappointed when I learned that real wasabi is not available in America. I guess we can't grow it properly or something. Everything we get is horseradish with green food coloring.
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Re: Sushi question

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I was disappointed when I learned that real wasabi is not available in America. I guess we can't grow it properly or something. Everything we get is horseradish with green food coloring.
Not completely true. Most of what you get is colored horseradish, but they grow real wasabi in Oregon.
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Re: Sushi question

Originally Posted by Decker View Post
Very common.

Green stuff is Wasabi - a Japanese horseradish. You are supposed to mix it with soy sauce for a spicy dipping sauce.
The red stuff is pickled ginger. Sometimes it's white instead. It's a garnish.
Ah, thanks for the info! I'll try the wasabi with soy sauce next time.

Yeah, I do like the pickled ginger. Very unique taste.
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Re: Sushi question

So, I'm assuming I've only had the 'horseradish' wasabi (since I don't know otherwise).

Has anyone definitely tried both, and if so, how do they compare?

Incidentally, I think picked ginger tastes like Lemon Pledge smells. For some reason, I'll still eat some of it.
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Re: Sushi question

I usually have to ask for extra ginger since I eat a piece between every piece of sushi to cleanse the palate. I hate the mouth burn from traditional spicy food but I love the nasal burn from a good horseradish or wasabi-clone so I load it up in the soy sauce.
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Re: Sushi question

Both the soy & wasabi are pretty western actually. As is using chop-sticks to eat sushi. If you go to a fine dining sushi place in Japan it's considered an insult to as for soy & wasabi because it's meant to be eaten as it was prepared. If it requires those two flavors, the chef would have already incorporated it. Also, sushi is meant to be eaten by hand.
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Re: Sushi question

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Both the soy & wasabi are pretty western actually. As is using chop-sticks to eat sushi. If you go to a fine dining sushi place in Japan it's considered an insult to as for soy & wasabi because it's meant to be eaten as it was prepared. If it requires those two flavors, the chef would have already incorporated it. Also, sushi is meant to be eaten by hand.
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Re: Sushi question

Originally Posted by Navinabob View Post
Both the soy & wasabi are pretty western actually. As is using chop-sticks to eat sushi. If you go to a fine dining sushi place in Japan it's considered an insult to as for soy & wasabi because it's meant to be eaten as it was prepared. If it requires those two flavors, the chef would have already incorporated it. Also, sushi is meant to be eaten by hand.
But in Japan, there is usually wasabi on the sushi under the fish. It's pretty rare here, especially for cheap sushi.
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Re: Sushi question

Originally Posted by Navinabob View Post
Both the soy & wasabi are pretty western actually. As is using chop-sticks to eat sushi. If you go to a fine dining sushi place in Japan it's considered an insult to as for soy & wasabi because it's meant to be eaten as it was prepared. If it requires those two flavors, the chef would have already incorporated it. Also, sushi is meant to be eaten by hand.
Damnit! Beat me to it! I was hoping to come here and be the food snob for a change! Using wasabi and/or soy sauce is considered insulting to the chef. That, and sushi is a finger food.
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Re: Sushi question

Originally Posted by Vibiana View Post
I never eat the wasabi OR the ginger.
You just haven't met the right Ginger yet.
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Re: Sushi question

The green stuff is pistachio ice cream.
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The green stuff is pistachio ice cream.
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Re: Sushi question

I'm surprised that people weren't aware of wasabi! Although maybe it's just because sushi places are so much more prevalent where I am and i've been used to having it since I was a kid.
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Originally Posted by Abob Teff View Post
Using wasabi and/or soy sauce is considered insulting to the chef.
And mixing the soy and wasabi together is even worse...100% pure gaijin move.
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Re: Sushi question

Originally Posted by Navinabob View Post
Both the soy & wasabi are pretty western actually. As is using chop-sticks to eat sushi. If you go to a fine dining sushi place in Japan it's considered an insult to as for soy & wasabi because it's meant to be eaten as it was prepared. If it requires those two flavors, the chef would have already incorporated it. Also, sushi is meant to be eaten by hand.
Does that go for rolls as well, or just the pieces of fish on a ball of rice?
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Re: Sushi question

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You just haven't met the right Ginger yet.
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Re: Sushi question

Originally Posted by milo bloom View Post
Sometimes I feel like a dork for eating so much pickled ginger at the sushi place but I love the taste of it.

And I always put the wasabi in the soy sauce, and sometimes even an extra dab on the roll.
This is me too, ask for extra, and I take my wife's too. I've actually bought jars of it to eat at home, but it's not the same unfortunately.

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