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Sashimi, also known as sliced raw fish is not something new, but it’s definitely a dish to highlight when it comes to foodies who love Japanese cuisine! In Japanese cuisine, the fresh raw seafood is usually sliced into pieces and served with some wasabi and soy sauce, along with shredded daikon radish as part of the garnish.
Many kinds of fish are used to make sashimi while tuna (Maguro) and salmon are the common fish often seen as sashimi. The dish is well known for its freshness and health benefits in Japan. Maguro is usually served along with squid, Tai and salmon to create some variety to the dish.
Fun facts about Sashimi:
Sashimi is often served as an appetiser before the main dish. It may also act as a side dish to your sushi. To your surprise, sashimi does not necessarily refer to any form of seafood all the time.
In Japan, sashimi can also be any raw meat such as beef and pork. In Malaysia, sashimi (specifically salmon) can be added to the Chinese dish ‘yee sang’ during Chinese New Year as a symbol of abundance and prosperity.
How to know if my sashimi is fresh?
Well, the freshness of the sashimi plays a significant role in determining its taste for sure. Judging from the appearance of the sashimi, it should be shiny and vibrant in colour. Avoid choosing sashimi that are dull and have some milky fluid on it. Besides, fresh sashimi does not smell ‘fishy’. Hence, as long as the sashimi does not look dull and slimy, it is good to go.
Wasabi and Sashimi
Wasabi or Japanese horseradish is a green plant with pungent and robust flavour. If you’re not careful, you may end up with a surge of heat that rushes to your nose and eyes. You can mix wasabi with soy sauce to add fragrance to your sauce as you dip your sashimi in your sauce.
In Japan, eating sashimi with soy sauce and wasabi is a classic method. However, if you prefer the spicy and zesty flavour of wasabi, you should place the wasabi directly on the sashimi. The sashimi is then lightly dipped in soy sauce to accentuated the full taste of sashimi and wasabi.
What is Sashimi Asama?
Sashimi Asama is usually spotted under menu category of ‘sashimi moriawase.’ While ‘sashimi moriawase’ means assorted sashimi, Sashimi Asama is a Japanese delicacy that offers three different kinds of sashimi all on one plate. It consists of fresh salmon, maguro (bluefin tuna) and Hamachi (yellowtail). The sashimi usually comes in 3 pieces or 5 pieces from each type!
How to eat Sashimi Asama?
While it is always so exciting to have sashimi at a Japanese restaurant, there is a proper way of eating it to ensure that you get the authentic experience. Well, forget about mixing your wasabi in soy sauce because the Japanese never do that! Firstly, put a decent amount of wasabi on your sashimi. Dip your sashimi in the soy sauce, and ta-da, enjoy your sashimi!
Where to find Sashimi Asama in Malaysia?
Sashimi Asama can be found in most sushi restaurants in Malaysia, including Sushi Tei (Kuala Lumpur). Of course, you can also buy fresh salmon or tuna from the market and prepare this dish by yourself in your own kitchen.
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