It’s always great to discover some titbits about the cuisine we would like to get more familiar with. When it comes to Asian dishes, the list seems to be endless, so we tried to pick a few of the rather strange or even surprising facts about Japanese gastronomy and – of course – sushi!

  • There were times not even all that long ago, when a sushi chef (itamae in Japanese) had to train himself for ten years, before having a chance to work at a restaurant. Nowadays, as the industry changed so much and the demands for such skilled experts became bigger than ever, a sushi chef can start working at a restaurant after only two years of training.
  • Approximately 80% of the world’s Bluefin tuna catch is used for making sushi.
  • The history of sushi draws back to the second century A.D.: at first, it was nothing more than a practical method of preserving fish in China.
  • According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, close to half of the amount of fish consumed worldwide is raised on fish farms rather than caught wild.
  • “Japan’s Agriculture Ministry has set up a panel to discuss a certification system for Japanese restaurants abroad. Possible gastronomic crimes include slicing fish too thick, using too little or too much wasabi and over-boiling rice.” The Ministry’s aim was to preserve the authenticity of Japanese cuisine all around the world, without letting its values be spoiled by foreign carelessness.
  • What was the highest price ever paid for a piece of sushi? Can you guess? The exact amount was $396,000 for a 754 pound sushi grade Bluefin Tuna ($526/lb) on January 4th, 2011 at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.
  • The FDA (Food and Drug Administration of the United States) claims that in the States all kinds of fish, except tuna, must be frozen first in case of raw consumption, to make sure all the parasites are killed before serving the meals.

At Sushi Sei, we feel unspeakably proud of having been able to get certified by JETRO (Japan External Organization) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan who acknowledged that Sushi Sei ‘completed the full requirements of the Guidelines for Certification of Japanese Food and Ingredient Supporter Stores Overseas’.

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