Did you know that your favorite Thai restaurant in Massachusetts just got better? Here at White Coconut Thai, we’re excited to offer our customers the freshest, highest quality sushi in the area. Yes, sushi is now on the menu! As excited as we are, we’ve also realized that many people don’t know much about sushi – just what they like and dislike. While that is all good, we’re here to introduce you to the wonderful world of sushi with a few fun facts you may not have known!
Commonly believed to have origins in Japan, some of the first accounts of ‘sushi’ trace to Southeast Asia. In regions along the Mekong River, many fermented their fish by wrapping it in sour rice. The inspiration moved to China and eventually to Japan.
Today, many of us associate sushi as a delicacy. However, this was not always the case. Sushi started and remained a street food in Japan for many years. The earthquake of 1923 dropped real estate prices to all-time lows, allowing sushi chefs the opportunity to purchase restaurants.
While many Thai restaurants in Massachusetts serve sushi with chopsticks, that is not the traditional way. Instead, sushi was meant to eat by hand. So roll up those sleeves, wash those hands, and dig in. We promise we won’t be offended!
Eventually, the sushi trend caught on. However, it was not until the mid-1960s that sushi was introduced in the United States by Japanese native Noritoshi Kanai. Running an import business out of L.A., sushi quickly became an American favorite. So much so that we created the California here.
If you’ve ever ordered sushi, you know it comes with two sides – ginger and wasabi. However, that green paste is not authentic wasabi. Created from horseradish, cornstarch, mustard flour, and green coloring, the paste is very similar to wasabi but much more affordable.
Often sushi is served with decorative plastic grass. While it serves no purpose other than being decorative, this was not always the case. Instead, fresh leaves were once used to divide the food and provide antibacterial properties to keep the fish fresh longer.
There is no way around this one, as numbers speak for themselves. In the United States, sushi restaurants generate roughly $2 billion in annual revenue. There are approximately 4,000 sushi restaurants in the U.S., while Japan has around 45,000.
Now that you have sushi on the brain, it’s time to stop into White Coconut Thai Restaurant. Yes, your favorite Thai restaurant in Massachusetts just got better. Visit us today for the most authentically crafted and freshest sushi in the Burlington area.