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Sushi 101: How to Use Sushi Condiments and Accompaniments

When you sit down to eat sushi, you may be caught off guard by the vast array of sushi condiments and accompaniments on the table. All of the sauces and garnishes may seem intimidating if you don’t know which each is typically used for. This guide will walk you through the most popular condiments and accompaniments so you can thoroughly enjoy your next sushi journey.

Pickled Ginger

Otherwise known as Gari, pickled ginger can be identified by thin, light pink colored slices, generally located on the corner of your plate.  Its flavor and natural properties make it perfect for clearing your palate. A small bite of Gari will prepare your taste buds and sense of smell for the next bite and helps get rid of any lingering aftertaste when you are done.


Wasabi is the green paste that you will find served with sushi dishes. It is very spicy and should be used lightly. However, it plays a vital role in your meal. Wasabi aids digestion and helps keep the fish safe for eating. It whisks away fishy odors and chefs often create their sushi rolls with the addition of wasabi in mind.

Soy Sauce

There are several variants of soy sauce available at sushi restaurants in Denver. First, there is traditional soy sauce, which is somewhat salty but has a strong flavor for dipping your sashimi directly into it. Second is Ponzu, a citrusy flavored soy sauce that is also used for dipping. This sauce is sweeter and often used with vegetable heavy sushi dishes.

Hot Mustard and Chili Oil

If you are looking for some spice, there are several options available. Some restaurants serve a hot mustard sauce that is smooth and creamy. Ground mustard is mixed in and gives it a smooth texture and light yellow tint for lightly dipping your sushi pieces. Alternately, you may see a shallow bowl filled with oil and chili powder. This mixture is excellent for dipping rice into because it absorbs some of the oil and carries the flavor of the chili.

These are just a few of the most common sushi condiments you will see at Matsuhisa Denver and other sushi restaurants. If you are ready to explore the various flavors created with these accompaniments, we invite you to stop by today and check out our menu today. Be sure to contact us to make your reservation, and we’ll save a seat for you!


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