The sushi on which we dine today is very different from the original recipes. From the way it is served to its ingredients, sushi has come a long from its humble beginnings to become the tasty creations you find at GENKI Noodles and Sushi. Take a trip back in time with us and learn where sushi came and how it got to where it is today.
Origins of Sushi
The most primitive form of sushi has origins in 2nd century China and Japan. Like many methods of cooking, the advent of sushi was found by accident. What we know as sushi was originally just a method of preserving food. However, there is some fun folklore that surrounds it.
One story tells of a Japanese woman who hid her rice pots in Osprey nests to keep them from being stolen. She found that the rice in the pots had fermented when she finally returned to collect them. The woman also found scraps of fish from the Ospreys feeding over the rice pots. The fish had mixed with the fermented rice and become pickled, thus the first sushi recipe was born.
The second method of making sushi was developed somewhere between the 14th and 18th centuries in Japan. Box pressed cured fish was served over vinegar-seasoned rice. This was faster to produce than barrel cured rice and fish and eventually led to today’s sushi variants.
The process of fermenting rice allowed fish to be preserved and kept for much longer than fresh fish. The idea of preserving fish using this method spread through China and Japan. The use of raw fish in sushi recipes did not begin until the 1820’s. Known as Edo-style sushi, this is the type of sushi you will find in most sushi restaurants.
Close to a hundred years later, the street vendors of Tokyo invented Nigiri-sushi. This is raw fish placed atop shaped rice and is often called "hand sushi" because it is portable and easy to consume. After the Second World War, street vendors decreased and the production of sushi moved into indoor sushi bars and restaurants.
In the last 20 years or so, sushi has become more recognized in the United States as a healthy alternative to many foods, with sushi restaurants cropping up in every corner of the country. The most common sushi creation in the U.S. is probably the California Roll, a tasty combination of rice, seaweed, cucumber, crab meat and avocado.
At GENKI Noodles and Sushi, we offer Nigiri and Sashimi sushi to our customers, which gives you a great choice of flavors. We also have a range of tasty Asian fusion entrees. Come visit us for the best sushi and sashimi in Atlanta!