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.