HARBOR EAST -
Date night just got a lot spicier at RA Sushi Bar in Harbor East with Sushi 101.
"We'll start off with some nigiri which is the fish over the rice bowl with a little bit of wasabi," said Chef Aldon Blackwood.
Couples and singles alike learn the art of rolling and making many different types of sushi.
"They get to interact with the sushi chefs one-on-one. They get to watch the sushi chefs make the rolls, make nigiri, make sashimi. And it really brings people together," said RA Sushi Bar General Manager Scott Bernas.
Valentine’s Day, RA will be including special pink rolls their Sushi 101 class.
"It's a very cool looking roll. It's a heart shaped roll that's actually rolled in pink soy paper," said Scott.
You might not realize, but it’s not as easy as you may think to make sushi
"If you sort of pinch down at the base. It'll push it up and give that nice arching structure,” said Chef Aldon demonstrating techniques to rolling sushi.
Chef Aldon has five tips to impress your date when rolling and eating sushi.
Sushi 101 Etiquette Tips
- Eat nigiri sushi in one bite.
- Always dip and eat sushi fish side down. - This will allow just the right amount of soy sauce.
- Don’t drown your fish. - A little soy will go a long way. “You want the sushi to tell a story. So you taste the fish, then the rice and then the veggies,” said Chef Aldon.
- Fingers first. - Chopsticks are for Americanized sushi. What’s “Americanized sushi?” typically sushi with rice on the outside has a western flair.
- Do not scrape your sticks. - When you break chopsticks and there are splinters exposed do not rub the sticks together like you are trying to starting a fire. Chef Aldon says that’s as bad as holding up fork with spots in it and rubbing it to indicate it’s dirty. He suggests pulling the loose pieces off instead of trying to file it down.
- Don’t place chopsticks on your plate unless you’re done. - This indicates you are ready for your plate to be taken away. Instead use the chopstick cover paper to create a triangular stand to rest your eating utensil.
- Instead of “cheers,” say “Kanpai!” - This is the traditional Japanese toast.