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Sushi terminology


Welcome to Masuta Japanese Fusion, where culinary artistry and traditional flavors unite to bring you an extraordinary sushi experience. If you’re new to the world of sushi, fear not! In this blog, we’ll dive into the fascinating terminology of sushi and introduce you to a tantalizing array of fish that grace our menu. So, prepare your taste buds for an unforgettable journey through the oceanic depths of flavors!

Sushi Terminology: Unveiling the Secrets of Japanese Culinary Art

  1. Sushi – Let’s start with the basics! Sushi is a Japanese dish that combines vinegared rice, called “shari,” with various ingredients, such as fish, vegetables, and seaweed.
  2. Nigiri Sushi – This classic style consists of hand-pressed mounds of sushi rice topped with a thin slice of fresh fish or other ingredients, secured with a dab of wasabi.
  3. Maki Sushi – Often referred to as “rolls,” maki sushi involves rolling a layer of sushi rice and ingredients inside a sheet of nori (seaweed) and then sliced into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Sashimi – While not technically sushi, sashimi is an integral part of Japanese cuisine. It consists of thinly sliced, incredibly fresh fish or seafood, served without rice.
  5. Wasabi – This green condiment with a fiery kick comes from the wasabi plant’s rhizome. It adds a burst of flavor to your sushi.
  6. Soy Sauce – A traditional dipping sauce for sushi, soy sauce, or “shoyu,” is made from fermented soybeans and wheat, offering a savory umami taste.
  7. Gari – Also known as pickled ginger, “gari” cleanses your palate between different types of sushi, enhancing your ability to savor each unique flavor.
  8. Miso Soup – A staple in Japanese cuisine, miso soup is made from fermented soybean paste and is often served as an appetizer in sushi restaurants.

Now that we have our sushi terminology down pat, let’s dive into the delectable selection of fish that await you at Masuta Japanese Fusion!

The Finest Fish Selection: Unraveling the Ocean’s Bounty

  1. Maguro (Tuna) – A sushi classic, maguro boasts a rich, buttery flavor. We serve both lean akami and fatty toro cuts for a diverse tasting experience.
  2. Sake (Salmon) – With its vibrant orange color and delicate texture, sake is a popular choice among sushi enthusiasts. Its mild taste makes it an ideal option for newcomers.
  3. Hamachi (Yellowtail) – Hamachi’s tender texture and mild, slightly sweet taste make it an absolute delight on the palate.
  4. Hirame (Fluke) – Hirame’s subtle, refreshing taste pairs well with ponzu sauce, adding a burst of citrusy goodness to your taste buds.
  5. Uni (Sea Urchin) – For the adventurous foodie, uni presents a unique, briny flavor that varies depending on its origin.
  6. Ebi (Shrimp) – Cooked to perfection, ebi delivers a sweet and succulent experience, perfect for those who prefer cooked sushi options.
  7. Ikura (Salmon Roe) – These vibrant, orange pearls burst with a delightful pop of flavor, adding a distinct taste to your sushi selection.
  8. Hotate (Scallops) – Scallops offer a delicate sweetness and buttery texture that melts in your mouth, creating a truly heavenly experience.

The Masuta Japanese Fusion Experience: Your Gateway to Sushi Bliss

At Masuta Japanese Fusion, we take pride in sourcing only the freshest and highest quality fish to craft each sushi masterpiece. Our skilled sushi chefs blend tradition with innovation, ensuring that every bite is a symphony of flavors and textures.

Whether you’re a seasoned sushi connoisseur or a first-time adventurer, our diverse selection of sushi rolls, nigiri, and sashimi will cater to all palates. So, come join us at our restaurant in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY, and immerse yourself in the art of sushi, where every dish is a work of art!


At Masuta Japanese Fusion, we believe that understanding sushi and sashimi etiquette enhances the dining experience and fosters a deeper appreciation for Japanese culinary traditions. Embrace the art of chopsticks, show gratitude to the chef, and use soy sauce sparingly to respect the flavors of these delicate dishes. By mastering these etiquettes, you’ll unlock the full spectrum of tastes and elevate your enjoyment of our carefully crafted sushi and sashimi selections. Join us at Masuta Japanese Fusion for an extraordinary culinary journey that celebrates the essence of Japanese cuisine.


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