Nigiri sushi is a popular form of sushi where a sliver of raw fish or prawns rests on a bed of sushi rice. This oblong shaped sushi dish is highly popular, as it allows the full flavor of the fish to be the star. There are many ways to make nigiri sushi, which means that while you can order the same style of fish many times, each time you have it, it can be a new experience. Some chefs prefer to use nori as a way to keep the fish on the bed of rice. Other chefs prefer a small amount of wasabi. As there are also many different ways to prepare sushi rice, the rice itself can modify the flavor of the fish.
As well, there are several different ways that nigiri sushi can be eaten, all of which can modify how the sushi tastes. When you eat nigiri sushi, you are supposed to eat the nigiri so that the fish is the first thing to touch your tongue. If you eat your nigiri sushi rice down, you will lose the important flavor of the fish. As a sushi chef prides themselves on the selection of fish for nigiri, making certain you eat it correctly is important.
Many people like the flavor of soy sauce with their nigiri sushi. However, there is a very specific way that nigiri sushi should be dipped into soy sauce and wasabi. Unlike maki or other forms of sushi, nigiri sushi can become extremely difficult to eat if the rice becomes wet from soy sauce. Because of this, nigiri sushi should be dipped in soy sauce with the fish portion. This will ensure that the rice bed does not break apart when you are attempting to eat it.
Eating sushi is almost as much an artwork as the preparation of the sushi. Nigiri sushi can be eaten two ways, either with chopsticks or your fingers. However, when you eat sushi, you should make certain that you waste nothing. Sushi is meant to be completely eaten, and it is considered an insult to the sushi chef if you leave sushi you have put on your plate uneaten. However, it is not taboo if you never select the sushi to eat from the primary serving dish. As sushi on the primary serving dish is unclaimed, it is not considered to be insult to not eat it. Nigiri sushi should be consumed in one bite. However, if you have a particularly large piece of nigiri sushi, it is acceptable to eat it in two bites. No single piece of sushi, with the exception of temaki, should be eaten in more than two bites.