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Is Sushi Japanese, Korean, or Chinese?

For many sushi lovers, it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that this delicious food has a fairly complex history. Today’s sushi is most often associated with Japanese culture, though the many variations of sushi can actually be traced to numerous countries and cultures including Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.

The History of Sushi

Throughout several Asian countries, sushi has a place in culinary history as early as the second century CE. It’s believed the earliest version of sushi was created in the paddy fields along the Mekong River, serving as an effective way to preserve fish through fermentation and the addition of rice and salt. In Japan, a more modern version of sushi emerged when raw fish was wrapped with sticky rice, becoming especially popular between the mid-1300s and the 1500s.  Eventually, the Edo period in Japan brought about a version of sushi that combined fish, rice, vegetables, and various dried ingredients to produce a flavorful and delicious dish.

What is the Difference Between Korean, Chinese, and Japanese Sushi?

Sushi has taken on a variety of forms in different cultures, with the most distinct versions emerging from the Korean, Chines, and Japanese cultures. The variations between each contribute to the dynamic, creative role that sushi plays in the culinary world.

  • Korean sushi swaps the traditional wasabi for gochujang, a fermented red pepper sauce with a spicy kick. Korean sushi also eliminates pickled ginger in favor of kimchi, and crunchy ingredients are often added as toppings for texture and flavor.
  • Chinese sushi has historically resembled a food quite different from the raw, fresh fish dishes of Japan. For some time, the Chinese version of sushi used pickled fish in a dish most similar to
  • Japanese sushi is widely considered the most popular take on sushi, particularly for American diners who know this type well. It relies on fresh, high-quality ingredients, perfectly-cooked rice, and meticulous preparation and assembly. The tradition of sushi is highly respected in the Japanese culture, and Japanese sushi chefs place great value on the ritual of sushi preparation.

Why Choose Japanese Sushi from Matsuhisa

At Matsuhisa, our sushi menu is a proud representation of all the best characteristics of Japanese sushi: impeccably fresh fish, distinct flavor combinations, and the perfect balance of textures. Our sushi chefs have spent years perfecting their craft, resulting in a dining experience that embodies the height of Japanese sushi. Whether you’re a longtime sushi lover or simply looking to try the Japanese staple for the first time, let Matsuhisa take your sushi experience a new level.



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