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There are many of us who love eating sushi. Yet, we don’t know much about it. We do know the ingredients and how to make it, and other interesting things about it. These Sushi coloring pages can help us to learn more about this food. Moreover, they’ll help us to impress our guests the next time we have sushi night. Let’s read on to learn more.
1. It Didn’t Originate in Japan
While eating sushi has become synonymous with Japan, history seems to show that it originated in South-East Asia instead. In the olden days, raw fish was preserved by wrapping it in a ball of rice. Even though the rice would end up going bad, the fish would retain its freshness for longer periods. So, when we are busy working on our Sushi coloring pages, we should consider using a flag that represents the culture in South-East Asia instead of Japan. This should help us to pay homage to where it originated as we learn more about our acquired seafood.
2. Wasabi is Expensive
First things first, we should know that wasabi is a root that isn’t easy to find. This makes the plant very pricey. As a result, the restaurants that we go to normally can’t afford to have stock of it. Instead, they dye horseradish and mustard powder to give us a paste that resembles wasabi. So, many of us have never tasted authentic wasabi. Be sure to grab as many green coloring pens when we are showing this exquisite root plant in our pages.
3. Sushi is the Rice
The rice that we find in our sushi has its own unique history. Firstly, it was once considered trash, and it would be thrown out when the fish was being eaten. The main reason why this was done is that the fish gave it a pungent smell after a while. However, it was later realized that throwing it out was wasting food. So, the way that it was prepared was changed. Instead of using the rice to preserve the fish, it was mixed with vinegar and eaten while the fish was still fresh.
But that’s the least interesting fact that we have to share. Most people get puzzled when they are served sushi without the fish. However, the rice is the sushi. The word “sushi” directly refers to the vinegarated rice that is used when the fish is being prepared. This means that for sushi to be authentic, it doesn’t have to include the fish. Our coloring pages can show this important detail. We should teach our kids about how essential rice is in this delicate food preparation.
4. We Can Wrap Sushi without Seaweed
Even though we have grown to love using seaweed to wrap our sushi, we should be open-minded when we are preparing our favorite seafood. This is the time that we can get creative. We can use different things such as avocado, cucumbers, or soy paper as our alternatives. Besides, seaweed is an acquired taste. Sometimes, it’s better to stick to ingredients that we are familiar with. It should also help us to enjoy the taste of the fish and other veggies since seaweed can have a strong flavor that masks these.
5. An Earthquake Popularized Sushi
Surprisingly, sushi was conventionally served as street food. However, an earthquake made it possible for street vendors to buy restaurants where they would serve it. As luck would have it, people started enjoying this food more than they thought they would. As time went by, it moved away from being a street food. In fact, it’s highly unlikely for us to eat sushi that’s served by the side of the road. We now see it as an exclusive food that is found in certain restaurants.