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Sushi Trivia and Fun Facts

Sushi Trivia and Fun Facts

So, you want to know some useless information about your favorite food?  We got you covered.  If you are in our restaurant right now and want to challenge others, we also have some question with multiple choice, or you can just ask without the options to really put their grey matter to work between bites.  Let's see if they are as smart as they tell you they are.

  1. What is the term for the small dish into which soy sauce is poured for dipping sushi? - Answer: A shoyu dish.

  2. What is the term for the delicate slices of raw fish laid over a mound of vinegared rice in sushi? - Answer: This type of sushi is known as nigiri.

  3. What is the term for the thin, white radish often served shredded with sashimi? - Answer: That would be daikon radish.

  4. What is the term for the small green balls served with sushi, made from wasabi paste? - Answer: Those are simply referred to as wasabi.

  5. What is the term for the sushi roll that is often topped with avocado slices to resemble dragon scales? - Answer: This is known as a Dragon Roll.

  6. What is the term for the sushi topping that consists of a small mound of rice with a slice of fish draped over it? - Answer: This is another description of nigiri.

  7. What is the term for the sushi that is a pouch of fried tofu filled with sushi rice? - Answer: This type of sushi is called inarizushi.

  8. What is the term for the roll that is made inside-out with rice on the outside and nori on the inside? - Answer: This is known as an uramaki.

  9. What is the term for the sushi dish that is served in a bowl with sushi rice and various toppings? - Answer: This dish is called a donburi.

  10. What is the term for the small, round sushi roll that is often topped with fish roe? - Answer: This type of sushi is called gunkanmaki.

  11. What is the term for the sushi roll that includes fish, vegetables, and sometimes tropical fruits? - Answer: This is a general description of a maki roll.

  12. What is the term for the vinegar mixture used to season sushi rice? - Answer: The mixture is called sushi-zu.

  13. What is the term for the roll typically filled with cucumber, avocado, and cooked crab meat? - Answer: This is known as a California Roll.

  14. What is the term for the roll that includes spicy tuna and is often rolled in tobiko? - Answer: This is known as a Spicy Tuna Roll.

  15. What is the term for the roll that is deep-fried with tempura batter? - Answer: This is known as a Tempura Roll.

  16. What is the term for the sushi dish that includes a variety of toppings spread over a bed of sushi rice? - Answer: This dish is called chirashizushi.

  17. What is the term for the sushi roll that includes salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber? - Answer: This is known as a Philadelphia Roll.

  18. What is the term for the sushi topping that is a small mound of rice with a slice of fish draped over it? - Answer: This is nigiri.

  19. What is the term for the sushi that is a pouch of fried tofu filled with sushi rice? - Answer: This is inarizushi.

  20. What is the term for the roll that is made inside-out with rice on the outside and nori on the inside? - Answer: This is an uramaki.

  21. What is the term for the sushi dish that is served in a bowl with sushi rice and various toppings? - Answer: This is a donburi.

  22. What is the term for the small, round sushi roll that is often topped with fish roe? - Answer: This is gunkanmaki.

  23. What is the term for the sushi roll that includes fish, vegetables, and sometimes tropical fruits? - Answer: This is a maki roll.

  24. What is the term for the vinegar mixture used to season sushi rice? - Answer: The mixture is called sushi-zu.

  25. What is the term for the roll typically filled with cucumber, avocado, and cooked crab meat? - Answer: This is a California Roll.

  26. What is the term for the roll that includes spicy tuna and is often rolled in tobiko? - Answer: This is a Spicy Tuna Roll.

  27. What is the term for the roll that is deep-fried with tempura batter? - Answer: This is a Tempura Roll.

  28. What is the term for the sushi dish that includes a variety of toppings spread over a bed of sushi rice? - Answer: This is chirashizushi.

  29. What is the term for the sushi roll that includes salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber? - Answer: This is a Philadelphia Roll.

  30. What is the term for the sushi topping that is a small mound of rice with a slice of fish draped over it? - Answer: This is nigiri.

  31. What is the term for the sushi that is a pouch of fried tofu filled with sushi rice? - Answer: This is inarizushi.

  32. What is the term for the roll that is made inside-out with rice on the outside and nori on the inside? - Answer: This is an uramaki.

  33. What is the term for the sushi dish that is served in a bowl with sushi rice and various toppings? - Answer: This is a donburi.

  34. What is the term for the small, round sushi roll that is often topped with fish roe? - Answer: This is gunkanmaki.

  35. What is the term for the sushi roll that includes fish, vegetables, and sometimes tropical fruits? - Answer: This is a maki roll.

  36. What is the term for the vinegar mixture used to season sushi rice? - Answer: The mixture is called sushi-zu.

  37. What is the term for the roll typically filled with cucumber, avocado, and cooked crab meat? - Answer: This is a California Roll.

  38. What is the term for the roll that includes spicy tuna and is often rolled in tobiko? - Answer: This is a Spicy Tuna Roll.

  39. What is the term for the roll that is deep-fried with tempura batter? - Answer: This is a Tempura Roll.

  40. What is the term for the sushi dish that includes a variety of toppings spread over a bed of sushi rice? - Answer: This is chirashizushi.

  41. What is the term for the sushi roll that includes salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber? - Answer: This is a Philadelphia Roll.

  42. What is the term for the sushi topping that is a small mound of rice with a slice of fish draped over it? - Answer: This is nigiri.

  43. What is the term for the sushi that is a pouch of fried tofu filled with sushi rice? - Answer: This is inarizushi.

  44. What is the term for the roll that is made inside-out with rice on the outside and nori on the inside? - Answer: This is an uramaki

Again, But how About Multiple Choice?

What does the word “sushi” refer to?
A. Raw fish
B. Rice with vinegar
C. Soy sauce
D. Seaweed wrap
Answer: B. Rice with vinegar.


What is the main ingredient in the sushi rice seasoning?
A. Salt
B. Sugar
C. Vinegar
D. Sake
Answer: C. Vinegar.


Sashimi Trivia: What is the difference between sushi and sashimi?

A. Sashimi is cooked; sushi is raw
B. Sushi includes rice; sashimi does not
C. Sashimi includes seaweed; sushi does not
D. Sushi is Japanese; sashimi is Chinese
Answer: B. Sushi includes rice; sashimi does not.


Which fish is commonly used for sashimi?
A. Cod
B. Mackerel
C. Tuna
D. Catfish
Answer: C. Tuna.
Japanese Food Trivia: . What is ‘tempura’?

A. A raw fish dish
B. A type of sushi roll
C. Battered and deep-fried seafood or vegetables
D. A Japanese dessert
Answer: C. Battered and deep-fried seafood or vegetables.


Which of these is a traditional Japanese noodle soup?
A. Sushi
B. Ramen
C. Tempura
D. Teriyaki
Answer: B. Ramen.


Japan Trivia: . What is the capital of Japan?

A. Kyoto
B. Osaka
C. Tokyo
D. Sapporo
Answer: C. Tokyo.


Which of these is a famous Japanese bullet train?
A. Shinkansen
B. Metro
C. TGV
D. ICE
Answer: A. Shinkansen

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