Did you know: sushi
Sushi originated in a particular way of preserving food in China. Indeed, the fish was placed between layers of rice to ferment, this method allowed people to preserve their fish for a long time. After several weeks of fermentation, we removed the rice and ate only the fish. The Japanese then took this concept further and started consuming rice as well.
Did you know that sushi has been around for many centuries?
At the beginning of the 19th century, a man named Hanaya Yohei made 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 an oval-shaped piece of seasoned rice. Today we call this style “nigiri sushi” (finger sushi) and it is now the usual way to eat Japanese sushi. At that time, sushi was served in kiosks set up on the street and was intended as a quick snack to eat on the go. Served from a kiosk, sushi is the first true "fast food", it quickly became very popular.
After World War II, outdoor sushi facilities were closed and moved indoors to more hygienic conditions. That's when sushi changed from "fast food" to a dining experience.
How to recognize the freshness of a fish
Above all, the smell of fish should be pleasant, fresh fish has a slight smell of sea and seaweed. Opt for a fish with well rounded eyes, clear and shiny, not cloudy or dull. In addition, the body should look metallic, shiny and slippery. Finally, the gills should be very red and the belly firm and plump.