Sushi has taken on many forms and in many cases, many recipes can be mistaken for the dish even though they are no longer sushi, but are still fun to tinker with.
What are the different international sushi recipes? If we don’t restrict ourselves too much, there are many different types of sushi, which can include the sushi pizza and deep-fried sushi. There are also rollmops from Germany, sushi burrito, and even salmon rolls. There are even sushi recipes that use chicken, melted cheese, and sausages.
Naturally, if you are going to be strict about it, you will only end up with the normal Japanese kind of sushi, but there is just so much more to life than that.
7 Sushi Dishes from All Over the World
It needs to be said that when it comes to sushi, one of the things that people seem to misunderstand is that it is more about the rice than it is about the raw fish or the other fillings and toppings. Even so, these misunderstandings do have a way of coming to life on their own, which then leads to a new reality for a lot of people.
As such, it basically gets to the point where sushi is no longer about the rice but about its appearance, about the nori, the fish, or even the wasabi. This is why a lot of folks assume that sashimi is the same as sushi. Simply put, to a lot of people, a dish can be considered sushi if it has or is a combination of any of the following ingredients:
· Raw fish
· Soy Sauce
Now, it goes without saying that real sushi does contain quite a few more ingredients other than those, but we’re not talking about the authentic kind right now. As a matter of fact, there are many who took the concept of sushi and really ran with it. The sushi types in the table below should provide you with a pretty good context of that.
|Japanese Sushi||The traditional sushi type, this is the most well-known and most highly regarded type of sushi that is enjoyed by a lot of sushi lovers|
|Deep-Fried Sushi||Basically sushi but is either coated in batter or covered with breadcrumbs for deep-frying until crispy, thus adding more texture and flavor|
|Sushi Burrito||Sushi that is treated or assembled more like a burrito than traditional sushi, with either sushi ingredients or burrito ingredients|
|Sushi Pizza/Cake||A derivative of Chirashi sushi, this is basically where rice and sushi ingredients are combined in layers or formations reminiscent of the famous western food items|
|German Rollmops||Consisting of a sheet of pickled herring fillet, this dish is a roll where the nori is replaced by fish and is wrapped around other ingredients|
|Russian Rolls||Using nori, more common Russian ingredients are used such as chicken, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, and more|
|Norwegian Salmon Rolls||Basically just strips of salmon rolled into themselves and are set upright to be served with sesame seeds and the like|
It is worth pointing out that there will inevitably be intersections between these various sushi types and the influences that allowed them to come into existence. The simple fact of the matter is that they are perceived to be sushi or have a connection with the traditional Japanese dish in some way, which makes them acceptable to casual diners.
In any case, you can pretty much tell that the sushi types that are included there are pretty generalized and the truth is that there is no one way to make any of them. The great thing about sushi is that it is quite diverse, varied, and flexible. Still, it would help if you get a better idea of what it is you are supposed to get when you are talking about those items.
Japanese Sushi – Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat. Japanese sushi encompasses a wide range of products that can’t easily be listed simply because it would be impossible. What you can do is include all of the known types of sushi with actual names such as maki sushi, handrolls, nigiri, and chirashi sushi, but those only refer to broad types of dishes.
There are also subtypes that change based on ingredients, origins, processes, and so much more. If you want the simplest version, you have a tuna nigiri that is basically just a rice ball topped with a strip of tuna meat and then brushed with sweet soy sauce. You then serve that with the usual fare of soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger. It can only get more complex from there.
Deep-Fried Sushi – Deep fried sushi is not something that you will find in any traditional sushi bar but you will find them in increasing numbers in places like Thailand. You basically take a California maki, dip it in tempura batter, throw it in a superhot pan of oil, and fry it until it floats and becomes golden brown.
The idea behind this particular dish is to add new flavors, textures, and aroma to the sushi. After all, who can deny that fried stuff smells incredible?
Sushi Burrito – Then we have the sushi burrito, which is something that can only come about in the US. This particular way of making sushi relies on either the tortilla wrap or the nori to offer a particularly sizable roll of sushi. The ingredients can be purely sushi that is wrapped in nori at three to four times the usual size of a sushi roll. They can also be burrito wrapped in the dried seaweed wrap.
Sushi Cake or Pizza – Putting sushi cake and sushi pizza in the same category might seem strange, but it needs to be pointed out that the difference between them is basically just the layers. Sushi pizza has just one layer while the sushi cake can have multiple layers. Of course, sushi cake can also have just one layer but it would be much thicker than sushi pizza.
It is basically a derivative of chirashi sushi, which is a dish that is comprised of a layer of sushi rice in a deep container, with the ingredients placed either on top or in the rice itself. Either way, the idea is to have a huge piece of the dish with the diners having a free choice on how much they want to eat.
This is a type of sushi that is made for sharing and eating exclusively, with finesse largely thrown out the window. Depending on the skills of the one who made it, though, these types of dishes can be quite beautiful.
German Rollmops – Speaking of sushi that can really take strangeness to a whole new level, german rollmops are basically like sushi but instead of using nori to wrap stuff in, you use pickled herring. In case you don’t know, herring is basically a type of fish that is quite popular in Scandinavian countries as a pickled food item.
In the case of the rollmop, a thin slice of this pickled herring is used to wrap stuff in, usually other pickled stuff like vegetables. However, you can also use them for fruits, meats, cheese, and other items that you might want to eat. Naturally, you can also use it to wrap rice and fillings in, much like you would with a sushi roll.
Russian Rolls – Then we come to one of the most unusual items on this list, which is already composed of some truly terrifying examples of taking sushi out for a ride. Russian rolls are basically localized adoptions of sushi, which is surprisingly popular in the country. Of course, with Russia being Russia, it can be difficult to obtain ingredients for real sushi.
As a result, the locals have begun to use other ingredients for making the dish, while keeping only the rice and the nori as the main items. This then led to the creation of several dishes that are pretty much composed of anything you could get your hands on. Seriously, it can be anything.
Think of any Russian food that you might have come across and then imagine that being wrapped in nori and rice, then served as a sushi roll. This is basically what you get.
Norwegian Salmon Rolls – Finally, we have Norwegian salmon rolls, which are probably the least sushi things you will find on this list but can still be considered sushi-like anyway. A lot of this boils down to two things. One is the fact that it is made out of salmon, which sushi lovers already know are common sushi ingredients.
The other is that it is often served in roughly the same manner as sushi. Upright, arranged in a single line, and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds. Add some wasabi, some soy sauce, and pickled ginger, and you’re good to go.
What Makes Sushi What It Is?
With all of those different types of sushi at your disposal, you might now be thinking of how they would actually be considered when paired against the traditional variants. More to the point, you might be wondering if there is even anything about them that can be considered real sushi. Unfortunately, with the exception of Japanese sushi, none of them can be considered the real deal.
A lot of this comes down to the matter of the practices that go into making sushi. Simply put, in order for a sushi dish to be considered real, it needs to meet the following criteria:
· Small portions
· Beautifully arranged
· Sushi rice and nori
The most dedicated of sushi chefs, who are the ones who embody the very spirit of sushi itself, make it a point to let the ingredients do the talking when serving. They go to great lengths not to ruin the flavor or the combination of flavors of the dish. There is always a target for each piece made and a result that the chefs want to achieve.
When you turn to deep-fry, serving in large portions, or leaving critical ingredients out, you will do exactly what real sushi chefs are actively trying to avoid. As a result, you are not producing dishes that they could conceivably make. If it is an item that no authentic, traditional sushi chef would even be considered making, it’s not actual sushi.
Is Sushi Without Rice Still Sushi?
Speaking of which, there is also the question of whether or not the sushi that does not have rice is still sushi and the answer to that might surprise you. Simply put, it can still be considered sushi but only insofar as what the majority of people already know. It was already mentioned earlier how a widespread misunderstanding can create a reality of its own and this is one example of it.
For example, many people refer to the sandwich that is often served in fast food chains as hamburgers even though they don’t contain ham. The same concept applies to sushi, in that there is not this widespread concept of what sushi is and it has nothing to do with the rice. It can be about the shape, the color, the ingredients, or even how it is served.
Even just the mere presence of wasabi can lead to many to think that what they are eating is sushi even if it is the farthest from sushi as food can get. Did you know, for example, that wasabi can be spread on toast and eaten as is? But, I digress.
The main point that needs to be hammered home here is that sushi, as purists know it, has evolved and changed through errors in perception. No matter how much one might assert that pizza sushi is not real sushi, it will be as long as enough people accept it as such. There’s just nothing that you can do about that regardless of how it is technically not sushi.
What Are the Most Popular Types of Sushi?
The most popular types of sushi would have to be the various incarnations of maki sushi since these are the varieties that are most closely associated with the dish. Of course, sushi fanatics will also know about the famous nigiri and the hand roll, which is more traditional than most would think.
Is Sushi Raw or Cured?
Sushi can be served in pretty much any way you could think of, including raw, cured, smoked, pickled, cooked, or everything in between. As long as it has the sushi rice, the nori wrap, the wasabi, and the soy sauce, what you have can be handily considered sushi regardless of the shape it might take.
Why Eat Other Types of Sushi?
With there being so many varieties of traditional, authentic Japanese sushi, you might wonder why on earth you or anyone would want to try any of the other types of sushi that are included in this piece. The answer is that unless you are completely devoted to authenticity, it might do you some good if you widen your horizons a bit.
Eating is seen by many as a simple method of survival but for true food enthusiasts, eating is an experience and an adventure. When you try a delicious dish for the first time, you can be filled with an inexplicable feeling that you can’t really explain but is quite pleasant, nonetheless. Even better is when you discover a dish that few others know about and that sense of wonder that you feel.
The cuisine is one of the last remaining bastions of adventure and exploration available to most people. When you go on a food trip, you are not there to fill your stomach but to satisfy your soul. This is the biggest reason why so many food fans travel around the world to experience all of the various dishes that are on offer.
Can You Make Your Own Sushi?
One of the best things about knowing how to make sushi at home is that you can experiment with it and mix things up if they get boring. In the case of when you have made literally all varieties of the traditional Japanese dish, you might try making your own. In order to do that, you might want to think about exactly the kind of tastes that you want.
To put this into perspective, think about your favorite sushi dish to make that is based on a traditional recipe. Now think about what you might want to add to that dish in terms of the taste, texture, smell, or profiles. There is a certain order to the flavors that touch your tongue, after all, and you might have a specific order in mind.
Whatever the case may be, it truly helps you to know exactly what kind of sushi you are getting. For example, if you have ever wondered if you could, you can actually stuff something in the rice ball of the nigiri you make. By doing so, you can give yourself or other diners a good surprise.