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How To Order Sushi Like A Pro

Ordering sushi can be daunting, especially if you don’t regularly do it. Where is that lunch special I saw yesterday? Why did I get the wrong roll? We have the answers. Read on to learn how to go pro in sushi ordering.

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Roll, cone, or just raw fish? Know the difference between each form of sushi, and you’ll never have to get that confusing “did I order this?” roll. Nigiri is raw fish on a ball of sushi rice. Sashimi is the raw fish on its own, with no rice or seaweed. Maki is any variety of seaweed-wrapped roll — and uramaki is when it has rice on the outside. Lastly, there is temaki, which yes, is a roll, but it is the raw fish and other ingredients hand-rolled into a cone shape.

Pay attention to lunch vs. dinner ordering. Ordering sushi for lunch can have its perks. If you order during lunch hours, you can often times snag a deal — either 2 or 3 rolls bundled into a great price (plus a miso soup or salad!)

Know what’s in your roll. We might be sushi experts but that still doesn’t mean we know what’s in a Red Magic Dragon Roll. A few rolls, debunked below:

  • Philadelphia Roll: salmon, avocado, asparagus, and cream cheese
  • New York Roll: salmon, yellowtail, and tuna with sesame seeds on top
  • Spider Roll: soft-shell crab, cucumber, avocado, sprouts, and sometimes spicy mayo
  • Rainbow Roll: an assortment of fish and avocado, on top of a California roll (crab, avocado, and cucumber)
  • Alaska Roll: avocado, imitation crab meat, rice, salmon and nori

Don’t be afraid to branch out. If you like a salmon avocado roll, try an Alaska Roll for an extra addition of crab that is sure to make your sushi experience better. And if you’re a fan of spicy tuna, give spicy crab a try. It’s the same flavor, just a bit more filling.

Now that you’re armed with the right intel, order sushi like a pro.

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