Sushi may be delicious but even the biggest fans among us would admit that it’s pretty tricky to eat – unless you’re a whizz with a pair of chopsticks, that is.
We’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve splattered ourselves with soya sauce after dropping a precariously positioned roll.
And now we feel even more foolish because it turns out you don’t even need to use fiddly chopsticks in the first place!
In fact, according to leading chef Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa, whose restaurants are famous across the globe, we should actually be eating sushi rolls with our hands.
Yep, speaking to the Mail Online today (14 May) at the Las Vegas Uncork’d Festival by Bon Appetit, Nobu detailed the correct technique.
‘If you don’t like the smell of fish, people can use the chopsticks, but I like it when people eat sushi with their fingers because sushi chefs make the sushi with their fingers, and with their heart,’ he said.
‘Sushi chefs make it with their fingers, so you should eat it with your fingers. It’s the best way.’
To be honest, that’s what we usually end up doing anyway, so we now feel pretty pleased with how indadvertedly in-the-know we are.
But we are definitely guilty of another big sushi faux pas, involving soya sauce.
According to Nobu, you really shouldn’t be dousing your rolls in the stuff, while adding wasabi to your soy sauce is another major no-no…
‘People often put in wasabi to make a wasabi sauce and put the soy sauce on the rice side but the rice is a vacuum for the soy sauce,’ he said. ‘Soy sauce has a lot of sodium, which means it’s not good for you too.
‘It’s why I recommend that you put the soy sauce on the fish side. When I came to the United States, a lot of people were dipping sushi in wasabi soy sauce. It’s not right – but I started thinking that they like wasabi flavour and I created a wasabi pepper sauce which is now my signature sauce.’
He continued: ‘People ask me how to eat sushi, and just a touch of soy sauce is the best way. I don’t want to recommend people make their soy sauce into a wasabi soy sauce.’