What’s the difference between sushi and sashimi?

What is the difference between sushi and sashimi?


I haven’t ever eaten sushi and can’t understand why people pay so much for raw fish, and I’ve also heard lots of stories about people having to get huge worms removed from their intestines after eating it.

But just so that I don’t sound too ignorant when I talk to friends that do eat it, please tell me the difference between sushi and sashimi?

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6 Responses to What’s the difference between sushi and sashimi?

  1. yellowstone says:

    “sushi” doesn’t mean raw fish, “sashimi” means raw fish.

    Some more tidbits to impress your friends with ..

    The term sushi actually refers to the way the rice is prepared with a vinegary dressing and toppings might include raw or cooked fish, fish roe, egg, or vegetables such as cucumber, daikon radish, or ume plum which is actually more closely related to an apricot than a plum.

    The dish constituting sushi and other fillings wrapped in seaweed is commonly referred to as makizushi, which is a type of sushi.

    I’m not an expert on worms but to the best of my knowledge you can get worms from eating sushi but they are small relatively harmless ones and not tapeworms which can grow to a few feet in length.

  2. knopfman says:

    Eating raw fish can result in anisakiasis, which is an infection that is caused by an infestation of the Anisakis worm larvae, but like Yellowstone says, they’re little worms that don’t grow to more than an inch or so in length.

    If you’re fortunate, then after about twelve hours the worms will end up in your stomach, followed by severe abdominal pain which usually stops after two to three days following the death of the worms.

    If you’re less fortunate, then the larvae might make their way into your intestines, where they can take up permanent residence.

    It seems likely that the tapeworm story was put out by restaurants that lost a lot of business to sushi bars in the eighties.

    The story worked and many people were put off eating sushi and haven’t eaten it since.

  3. Jane says:

    Cheap, genetically engineered salmon sushi, coming soon!

    The only thing that stands between us and eating fish riddled with genes that some dude spliced together in the lab is the Office of Management and Budget. The FDA has finished its evaluation of genetically engineered salmon and recommended that the fish be commercialized.

    The GE fish grows fast and big, which means more fish for all of us. But it also could have worrisome impacts on the environment, because it’s a fish that we programmed in order to bend its entire existence to our will!

    It probably won’t interbreed with regular fish. The GE salmon is supposed to be sterile, and although farmed fish often escape, supposedly they are quickly eaten, since they are raised fat, happy, and unaware of the fierce competition of nature. Still, that’s a lot of ifs.

    The one thing that is sure is that we’re taking one big step towards trying to control everything around us. Our plants are already genetically modified, now the fish … soon, we could just be messing with the insides of everything.

  4. Gina Robinson says:

    Eat Raw Fish … Get a 9-Foot Tapeworm

    One summer day in August 2006, Anthony Franz went to a Chicago area hospital carrying a 9-foot worm.

    He didn’t find it in his garden.

    Franz is one of the few, but growing number of tapeworm victims in cities across the world who are discovering (or rediscovering) that some of the most popular fish can host parasites.

  5. Nancy Lee says:

    Sushi is often used to describe uncooked fish preparations.And Sashimi the main ingredient is typically being sliced seafood, is wrapped over white radish (daikon) which is shredded into long slim threads.

    Nancy Lee

  6. Gerard says:

    Sushi are rolls consisting of vinegar rice and other ingredients, like raw seafood, vegetables, and sometimes fruits. Sashimi are just sliced raw seafood served by itself.

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