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Do you know the difference between sushi and sushimi?

Sushi means vinegar rice and sushimi means raw fish. Am I right? I hear alot of people say sushi is raw fish. I actually got into a debate with my manager because he argued that the "American" term for raw fish is sushi.


Asked by Shanna84 at 12:30 PM on Oct. 8, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • Usually, sashimi is just the fish, sushi is with rice and seaweed.

    Answer by SabrinaBean at 12:33 PM on Oct. 8, 2010

  • sushi is the rice and fish together dish. Whether roll or not. Sashimi is raw fish alone. Sashimi can be in sushi or not.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 12:35 PM on Oct. 8, 2010

  • 2000 years. gah. *smacks forehead*

    Answer by Jenny-talia at 12:36 PM on Oct. 8, 2010

  • Yeah, I realized I spelled sashimi wrong, but once someone answers you can't edit the question. So thanks.

    Comment by Shanna84 (original poster) at 12:38 PM on Oct. 8, 2010

  • There's no such word as 'sushimi'. It's 'sashimi'.
    Sushi originally means fermented fish. Sashimi generally refers to cut raw meat. By this definition, carpaccio beef is considered sashimi, although it is generally understood to mean fish.
    Over about 2000, the word sushi has evolved to mean mainly Edo style, which is fresh raw fish and rice seasoned with vinegar.

    Answer by Jenny-talia at 12:36 PM on Oct. 8, 2010