Last week, a friendly reader sent me a link to the snippets article on sushi etiquette. The article gives us a fun and informative way to learn about the multitude of faux pas prominent in American sushi dining. Given that it covers everything from ordering to ojigi (bowing), it’s kind of a crash course. While I think a lot of this is highly contingent on the environment (for example: anyone brave enough to swallow Ru San’s crap need not worry about etiquette), it’s a worthwhile scan.
My favorite points:
- Don’t store your chopsticks in your rice. (THIS IS A BIG ONE!!!!!!)
- Don’t mix your wasabi in your soy sauce. Add a little dab directly to the sushi if you want a little more heat.
- It’s OK to drink your miso soup. Use the spoon or chopsticks to eat any larger pieces.
Again, some of these are more useful as others, use it as a guide, not law (unless you find yourself in Tokyo).