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If you have ever been to a sushi bar, you'll probably remember being confronted by a huge selection of sushi types.
When you think of "sushi", nigiri sushi is probably the first image that appears in your mind: a hand formed ball of rice topped with your choice of fish or Japanese style egg omelette.
Following that would probably be a sushi roll, called "maki sushi" in Japanese. This type of sushi is rolled with a filling in the centre, usually with nori wrapped on the outside. A variation of this is "temaki", a roll in the shape of an ice cream cone.
But there are also many other things you can order from your sushi chef, such as "Chirashi sushi". This is a bed of sushi rice topped with assorted ingredients.
How about "sashimi", where the rice is omitted and only the fish is served?
And then there's "oshizushi", a box moulded sushi popular in the Kansai region of Japan.
Once you've mastered these terms, you'll have to decide which toppings you'd like. Well, that's a whole other group of terms you'll need to learn if you want to sound like an expert.
If you need more information on all aspects of Japanese Food then check out www.japanesefood101.com.
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