Sushi for Gaijin Made Easy  

QueenOfSwords 35F
33 posts
5/25/2006 1:07 am

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Sushi for Gaijin Made Easy

You saw Confessions of a Geisha
and you like Kurosawa movies.
You can say desu and hai.
You know youre a gaijin
And you can use chopsticks.
But you still sound stupid
When you order Sushi.

Here's a glossary of Japanese sushi terms to help you understand what you're ordering in a sushi bar in future, and please never say anything while youre still eating.

aji -- horse mackerel
akagai -- ark shell
ama-ebi -- raw shrimp
anago -- conger eel
aoyagi -- round clam
awabi -- abalone
ayu -- sweetfish
buri -- adult yellowtail
chUtoro -- marbled tuna belly
ebi -- boiled shrimp
hamachi -- young yellowtail
hamaguri -- clam
hamo -- pike conger; sea eel
hatahata -- sandfish
hikari-mono -- various kinds of "shiny" fish, such as mackerel
himo -- "fringe" around an ark shell
hirame -- flounder
hokkigai -- surf clam
hotategai -- scallop
ika -- squid
ikura -- salmon roe
inada -- very young yellowtail
kaibashira -- eye of scallop or shellfish valve muscles
kaiware -- daikon-radish sprouts
kajiki -- swordfish
kani -- crab
kanpachi -- very young yellowtail
karei -- flatfish
katsuo -- bonito
kazunoko -- herring roe
kohada -- gizzard shad (delicious lol)
kuruma-ebi -- prawn
maguro -- tuna
makajiki -- blue marlin
masu -- trout
meji (maguro) -- young tuna
mekajiki -- swordfish
mirugai -- surf clam
negi-toro -- tuna belly and chopped green onion
ni-ika -- squid simmered in a soy-flavored stock
nori-tama -- sweetened egg wrapped in dried seaweed
Otoro -- fatty portion of tuna belly
saba -- mackerel
sake -- salmon
sawara -- Spanish mackerel
seigo -- young sea bass
shako -- mantis shrimp
shima-aji -- another variety of aji
shime-saba -- mackerel marinated
shiromi -- seasonal "white meat" fish
suzuki -- sea bass
tai -- sea bream
tairagai -- razor-shell clam
tako -- octopus
tamago -- sweet egg custard wrapped in dried seaweed
torigai -- cockle
toro -- choice tuna belly
tsubugai -- Japanese "tsubugai" shellfish
uni -- sea urchin roe

And always remember to say " Gochisoo sama deshita" on your way out.

Enjoy



_Adriane_ 48M

5/25/2006 2:01 am

Wow, that is some good research there! I have never done the Sushi thing. I just can't imagine eating anything raw, and I have seen some extreme cases where people got sick(I wont go into detail).

I usually am open minded enough to try anything, but first you will have to get a few drinks in me and I don't drink!

Great post!


QueenOfSwords 35F

5/25/2006 2:24 am

    Quoting _Adriane_:
    Wow, that is some good research there! I have never done the Sushi thing. I just can't imagine eating anything raw, and I have seen some extreme cases where people got sick(I wont go into detail).

    I usually am open minded enough to try anything, but first you will have to get a few drinks in me and I don't drink!

    Great post!
domo arigatou gozai mashita

Honestly I think that Ive eaten every one on the list and none of them made me puke


rm_VoodooGuru1 50M
2053 posts
5/25/2006 2:56 am

Doesn't hamachi actually refer to a specific cut of yellow fin? It's kinda the area around the pectoral fin which is then seared or broiled quickly to make the meat pliable so that it can be pulled off easily with a pair of chopsticks.

Many believe it is the best part of the tuna.


sexyblokeinlincs 55M
470 posts
5/25/2006 3:17 am

I shall try to remember some of those terms for when I next place my order. I must admit although I like Sushi it is never one of my first choices, but then perhaps I'm not ordering teh right things!

Al


MaggiesWishes 61F

5/25/2006 4:53 am

OH, what a great list!
Now, considering I just learned to like Sushi ... and have little to no idea what I'm eating ... Roommate orders for me ... I will know by your list.
Wait ... maybe it was better when I didn't know
I don't do slimy things ... hummmm... now I know.

warm huggies 2ya
great post too!


elysianpleasure 48M

5/25/2006 4:55 am

I love Sushi... thanks for the definitions...

Also thanks for dropping by my blog


QueenOfSwords 35F

5/25/2006 4:57 am

    Quoting rm_VoodooGuru1:
    Doesn't hamachi actually refer to a specific cut of yellow fin? It's kinda the area around the pectoral fin which is then seared or broiled quickly to make the meat pliable so that it can be pulled off easily with a pair of chopsticks.

    Many believe it is the best part of the tuna.
domo go-shinsetsu ni

You may be right but I always thought that its the whole fish. Its really young yellowtail and the area around the pectoral fins is considered a delicasy and is usually set aside only for special customers. So who's a special gaijin ?


Djeeper1987 48M

5/25/2006 5:21 am

I love sushi. Thanks for the list, now I will have a better understanding next time instead of just getting california rolls.

BTW Does Domo mean thank you

Carpe Diem


puntachueca 106M

5/25/2006 5:54 am

If you knew sushi like I knew sushi...what a wonderful gal...

Sushi is not something common in my part of the world...Mexican..Hispanic...Indian...desert...not many fish to speak of. But I'm going to save this for the eventual trip to Japan.

Interesting the gaijin thing. The area I live in on the US-Mexico border in Arizona is about 90% Hispanic and Mexican, thus I am the "gringo" or the "anglo" here...same sort of thing...one is never totally part of their world because we are "them". But a great experience in crossing "borders" of culture between people, and erasing the "lines" that divide us.

The world needs global people like yourself...who can live in many worlds and appreciate what each has to offer, and take that knowledge back to the other world and share it.

Between your experience in Japan and your nanna you are evolving into one amazing spirit and now you have a planetary reach through your blog...you're on the other side of the world from here. Isn't that amazing?

Thank you!!!


QueenOfSwords 35F

5/25/2006 6:05 am

    Quoting puntachueca:
    If you knew sushi like I knew sushi...what a wonderful gal...

    Sushi is not something common in my part of the world...Mexican..Hispanic...Indian...desert...not many fish to speak of. But I'm going to save this for the eventual trip to Japan.

    Interesting the gaijin thing. The area I live in on the US-Mexico border in Arizona is about 90% Hispanic and Mexican, thus I am the "gringo" or the "anglo" here...same sort of thing...one is never totally part of their world because we are "them". But a great experience in crossing "borders" of culture between people, and erasing the "lines" that divide us.

    The world needs global people like yourself...who can live in many worlds and appreciate what each has to offer, and take that knowledge back to the other world and share it.

    Between your experience in Japan and your nanna you are evolving into one amazing spirit and now you have a planetary reach through your blog...you're on the other side of the world from here. Isn't that amazing?

    Thank you!!!
Thank you too


VenusDiaries 63M
867 posts
5/25/2006 8:21 am

Are you still in Geneva? Beautiful new photograph. A beautiful woman resides in you. I really know very little Japanese. Only what I have learned from being involved with the Japan Karate Association for two decades. I spent two weeks in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Nara. Photographed about 4000 images. The fish market in Tokyo is awesome.

Queen of Swords befits you well.


rm_Shortdogg65 52M
672 posts
5/25/2006 1:47 pm

Here in the south of US we have another name for sushi: bait.LOL Seriously though, I don't care for seafood all that much. squid or octopus if it's not overcooked and rubbery is pretty tasty. Shortdogg


QueenOfSwords 35F

5/25/2006 4:20 pm

Yes Geneva till early July then Im going everywhere starting with Holland by bicycle. Two decades of karate hmmmm. Ok Im impressed I have a black belt in origami

Do you have a website for your paintings and stuff? Id love to see some judging by the ones you have on your posts.


QueenOfSwords 35F

5/25/2006 4:24 pm

    Quoting rm_Shortdogg65:
    Here in the south of US we have another name for sushi: bait.LOL Seriously though, I don't care for seafood all that much. squid or octopus if it's not overcooked and rubbery is pretty tasty. Shortdogg
Youre baiting me hay?

Sushi is raw but you really would like it, promise.
Want my recipe for squid stuffed with crabmeat and secret stuff?


QueenOfSwords 35F

5/25/2006 4:25 pm

    Quoting sexyblokeinlincs:
    I shall try to remember some of those terms for when I next place my order. I must admit although I like Sushi it is never one of my first choices, but then perhaps I'm not ordering teh right things!

    Al
Try tempura till youre fully Sushi certified


QueenOfSwords 35F

5/25/2006 4:28 pm

    Quoting MaggiesWishes:
    OH, what a great list!
    Now, considering I just learned to like Sushi ... and have little to no idea what I'm eating ... Roommate orders for me ... I will know by your list.
    Wait ... maybe it was better when I didn't know
    I don't do slimy things ... hummmm... now I know.

    warm huggies 2ya
    great post too!
I bet I could get ya hooked on sushi


TommyJ1977 46M

5/25/2006 7:20 pm

I have tried sushi but not in famed restaurants. Since I am not seasoned...I don't know what to look for in the taste or texture. I must say though...from what I have had...some I have liked very much and some I could have done without. Anyway...thanx for the list...and now atleast I know what I am getting even though I can't pronounce it.


AtomicArtist0 46M
6015 posts
5/25/2006 10:41 pm

As you have now visited me on more than one occasion, I figured I'd come along to see what you are about. Thanks for the post. Very informative. I love sushi.


OboesHonedIambs 63F

6/6/2006 3:56 pm

That's one of my favorite menus and I'm sure where I've had sashimi and sushi, some of the fish items aren't to be found outside of japan.

Instant Human -- Just Add Coffee


MaggiesWishes 61F

6/8/2006 12:36 pm

Speaking of Sushi ... Just had some on Sunday and forgot to take my list.
I ordered the Crab roll and the Pina Colada roll drizzled with sweet cream. Yummy!
It wasn't until I tasted my roomie's choice of Encrusted Tuna/Shrimp that I got a little "green". It just exploded in my mouth and I had no where to breathe ... or so it felt.
I've a small oral cavity per Dentist.
God, I need more ORAL lessons!

Anyway, It will be awhile now before I go for Sushi.
I've got list in purse now, just in case.

warm huggies 2ya Sis


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