Roll Call! The Sushi Quiz

By: Sarah Crozer
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About This Quiz

Think you are the ultimate sushi fiend? How much do you really know this popular food? Test yourself with this Quiz!

Where did sushi originate?

Sushi was first made over 2000 years ago in Southeast Asia. Specifically China. Then in the 20th century, chefs from Tokyo started moving to other parts of Japan. They helped to make sushi popular all over Japan. Recently sushi has become a popular food in many other countries. Sushi is now eaten every day by millions of people all over the world.

This is the richest cut of tuna.

Toro is the shortened version of “otoro” it is the most fatty form of tuna!

What does the word "sashimi" mean?

Literally meaning "pierced body" sushi is thinly sliced meat! (typically fish)

What is "sake?"

Sake can mean both salmon and the alcoholic beverage!! Be careful when ordering!

What is "nori?"

It is often used to keep rolled sushi in its popular cylindrical form. Nori seaweed is known to be very nutrient rich.

This green paste is often offered alongside sushi.

Wasabi is ground down and made into a paste. American wasabi is usually made from horseradish that's been dyed green; real wasabi is difficult to find and diners are sometimes charged extra for it!

What is Nigiri?

In the early 19th century, a man by the name of Hanaya Yohei conceived a major change in the production and presentation of his sushi. No longer wrapping the fish in rice, he placed a piece of fresh fish on top of an oblong shaped piece of seasoned rice. Today, we call this style ‘nigiri sushi’ (finger sushi)

When making rice for sushi. What is added to the rice?

Japanese people started making special rice for sushi. They combined rice with vinegar and vegetables. At the beginning of the 19th century food stalls started selling sushi in Tokyo.

What is “hamachi?”

Yellowtail is also called the Japanese amberjack; it is native to the northwest Pacific Ocean and prized for its higher-than-average fat content!

Who originally made sushi popular?

A rice ball and a slab of raw fish required very little preparation, making it a popular choice with roadside food vendors. It became one of the few foods considered acceptable to eat-on-the-go and was the food of choice for picnickers or theater-goers.

When did Sushi become internationally recognized?

Sushi first began to appear on western menus after the invention of the refrigerator made it possible to transport raw fish, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that sushi became the international superstar it is today.

This sushi roll sky-rocketed popularity in the U.S.

At first, Americans had a difficult time warming up to the idea that a cut of pink, slimy uncooked fish could be something tasty. That all changed, however, with the creation of the California roll in the 1960s. Created by a Japanese chef in Los Angeles, this Westernized version of sushi, which uses avocado instead of tuna, was more suited to the American pallet.

What can the term “sushi” be translated to?

The first sushi was salted fish served in fermented rice, which had a sour flavor.

Why did sushi spread from Tokyo to the rest of Japan?

From Edo, this style of serving sushi rapidly spread throughout Japan, aided by the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923, as many people lost their homes and businesses and moved from Tokyo!

This Americanized sushi dish has had people buzzing, stemming from places in California.

Many continue to enjoy interesting sushi hybrids, like the burrito sushi, which is made with jalapenos, and sushi containing mozzarella or fried chicken!

What is "Nyotaimori?"

This is the act of eating sushi off a person's naked body. Though it’s touted by some Western establishments as being an art form and a part of Japanese food culture, it’s actually a rare practice in Japan!

What is a prime ingredient in an "Unagi" Roll?

It is a freshwater eel (not saltwater) which is reported to have a richer taste. Unagi Rolls are also topped with “eel sauce”

Why was fermented rice used in the first sushi dishes?

The rice prevents the fish from going bad; typically the rice was simply cast aside during a meal! Now it is incorporated in.

How is "chirashizushi" served?

Chirashizushi or “chirashi” for short, is “scattered” (and assorted) sushi over rice. It is too messy to eat by hand so it is served in a bowl.

What is “kani?”

Kani means crab in Japanese. Not to be mixed up with sirumi (immitation crab). Kani is always served cooked and then frozen before being served!

What fish, popular in sushi use, has become endangered?

Concerns about overfishing have put sushi under scrutiny in recent years. Blue-fin tuna, a popular species of tuna used to make sushi, is now becoming endangered, which has led some sushi chefs to use more common types of fish or even meat and poultry instead.

What is “maki”?

Ex. California maki = california roll. It is often made using a flexible bamboo mat called a makisu!

In the U.S. It is actually illegal to serve ______?

Freezing the fish kills harmful parasites; it is illegal to serve raw fish in the U.S. unless it has been frozen previously!

How much of the world's bluefin tuna catch is eaten in Japan?

Prices of bluefin tuna rises each years as the population of the fish nosedives due to overfishing!

What is the difference between sushi and sashimi?

One doesn't have rice. Sashimi doesn't contain rice. It is simply just the strips of raw fish!

How is one supposed to eat "nigiri?"

If you use your fingers you are less likely to destroy the rice mound that makes up much of the nigiri!

How long is "narezushi" typically fermented before it is consumed?

Also known as “matured sushi” it is usually fermented for about 6 months! It has an overwhelming odor that drives away many potential diners!

What is "tamago?"

Tamago sushi is made from a sweet, thick egg omelet! Often served in nigiri form.

Sea urchin is often served in sushi dishes. What is it's name in Japanese?

Uni is so popular in Japan that the country imports many of the animals from the United States!

This dish, "fugu", can kill people in what way?

Only master chefs can serve pufferfish (fugu) because several body parts are extremely toxic and can cause paralysis and suffocation!!

What is the Japanese name for imitation crab?

Popularly used in california rolls, it is the more inexpensive substitute for real crab meat!

What is “hakozushi” sushi?

Hakozushi is pressed into blocks using a wooden mold; raw fish is never used in this particular style of sushi!

What is “futomaki”?

These fat rolls have a diameter of over 2 inches! They are usually stuffed with vegetables of cooked fish.

Why is "otoro" considered one of the best parts of a tuna?

The "otoro" is the underbelly of the tuna. it is marbled with fat, creating heightened flavor, and also making it more expensive!

What was the original purpose of wasabi?

Wasabi was originally used to kill bacteria! Also, in addition to serving as a palate cleanser, pickled ginger also kills bacteria!

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