It was time to try something new in Zagreb. To move from usual cosine and try something non typical.
Let’s bring a little bit of Japanese cosine in our daily routine.
Are you in?! 😉
What is sushi?
Sushi is a Japanese dish of specially prepared vinegared rice, usually with some sugar and salt, combined with a variety of ingredients, such as seafood (most commonly and often raw), vegetables, and occasionally tropical fruits. Styles of sushi and it’s presentation vary widely, but the key ingredient is “sushi rice”, also referred to as shari, or sumeshi. The term sushi is no longer used in it’s original context and literally means “sour-tasting.”
Sushi can be prepared with brown rice, but traditionally it’s made with medium grain white rice. It’s often prepared with raw seafood, but some varieties of sushi use cooked ingredients such as calamari, eel, and imitation crab meat. Many others are vegetarian. Sushi is often served with pickled ginger (gari), wasabi (not to be confused with horseradish paste), and soy sauce (or tamari). Daikon radish is popular as a garnish.
Sushi is sometimes confused with sashimi, a related Japanese dish consisting of thinly sliced raw fish, or occasionally meat, and an optional serving of rice.
Sushi originates in a Southeast Asian dish, known today as narezushi (“salted fish”), stored in fermented rice for possibly months at a time. The lacto-fermentation of the rice prevented the fish from spoiling, the rice would be discarded before consumption of the fish. This early type of sushi became an important source of protein for it’s Japanese consumers. The term sushi comes from an antiquated grammatical form no longer used in other contexts, and literally means “sour-tasting”; the overall dish has a sour and umami or savoury taste. Narezushi still exists as a regional specialty, notably as funa-zushi from Shiga Prefecture.
Vinegar began to be added to the preparation of narezushi in the Muromachi period (1336–1573) for the sake of enhancing both taste and preservation. In addition to increasing the sourness of the rice, the vinegar significantly increased the dish’s longevity, causing the fermentation process to be shortened and eventually abandoned. The primitive sushi would be furthered developed in Osaka, where over several centuries it became oshi-zushi; in this preparation, the seafood and rice were pressed into shape with wooden (typically bamboo) molds.
It wasn’t until the Edo period (1603-1868) that fresh fish was served over vinegared rice. The particular style of today’s nigirizushi became popular in Edo (contemporary Tokyo) in the 1820s or 1830s. One common story of nigirizushi’s origins is of the chef Hanaya Yohei (1799-1858), who invented or perfected the technique in 1824 at his shop in Ryōgoku. The dish was originally termed Edomae zushi as it used freshly caught fish from the Edo-mae (Edo or Tokyo Bay); the term Edomae nigirizushi is still used today as a by-word for quality sushi, regardless of it’s ingredients’ origins.
The Oxford English Dictionary mistakenly notes the earliest written mention of sushi in English in an 1893 book, A Japanese Interior, where it mentions sushi as “a roll of cold rice with fish, sea-weed, or some other flavoring”. However, there is an earlier mention of sushi in James Hepburn’s Japanese-English dictionary from 1873 and an 1879 article on Japanese cookery in the journal Notes and Queries.
Now, when we found out what it is exactly and little bit of history.
Let’s go to eat!
We choose – Manzoku bar.
Manzoku sushi bar
Manzoku sushi bar is the first sushi bar in Zagreb (since 2008.) where you can enjoy sushi delicacies freshly prepared and in front of you with a pleasant atmosphere. In sushi bar chefs with long-time experience prepare sushi exclusively in gloves to reach the highest hygiene conditions. Sushi is made of freshest foods, and fish and seafood in sushi can be raw, cooked or marinated.
Sushi in Manzoku
- Nigiri sushi
No one really knows who and when made the first sushi, but in Southeast Asia the fish has been preserved with rice already in the early fifth century of the Old Age. Some believe that sushi has come to Japan when and still in the fourth century BC, while others believe Buddhist priests brought it back from China in the 7th century.
Fish canned in rice was a way of paying taxes, and early form of sushi, nare zushi, made of carp and rice, drenched in layers and canned for years, can still be found today.
In the mid-fifteenth century, rice is rather cooked than pepper. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, when a new government with a strong political and social structure was founded, there was also a rise in food production and increased rice cultivation. The increase in rice production leads to a wiser use of rice products, such as vinegar. Instead of leaving the rice to naturally boil and produce milky acid, rice vinegar is added, which reduces the preparation of the sushi from a few days to a few hours.
Yohei Hanaya is considered to be deserving of the early 1800s. (Edo period) invented nigiri zushi, hand-crafted sushi, which we know today. He first squeezed the pocketed rice into the ball and covered a piece of raw fish and made it popular.
Today, sushi is considered the healthiest fast food in the world. 🙂
- Miso soup
- California roll
You can find also more and they offer plenty to choose.
Their whole menu you can find – here.
We had an amazing time there.
So, I would like to share with you our thoughts before you jump in your shoes and leave in their way.
I’m sure I’ll come back as soon as I’m in their neighbourhood again!
You should stop by too 😉