If you haven't tried eating any raw food, try sushi dishes served with cooked fillings. Not all Japanese restaurants serve their sushi with raw fish. This may come as a surprise to some first time sushi eaters but there are actually many types of sushi with cooked fillings. Zake Houston is one of those restaurants that have a product line of sushi with cooked filling. Eel or unagi and anago sushi is served with a sweet and savory sauce and it always served cooked. California rolls have the creamy and rich taste of cooked crabmeat. Its filling also includes cucumber and avocado. Cooked shrimps, octopus and clams are also used as fillings for sushi. Some fish is marinated in a sour mixture.
When dining in a Zake Houston lounge or any sushi restaurant, choose a sushi dish that you already know. If you are found of eating grilled fish, ask the server if grilled fish can be used in preparing your sushi instead of raw chilled fish. If you want to have a very light and simple kind of sushi, try a vegetarian sushi. Yes you read it right, there is a vegetarian sushi made especially for customers who want to experience eating sushi without the meat. One kind of vegetarian sushi is Kappa Maki. Kappa Maki is also called cucumber rolls. Trying vegetarian sushi is the best way to acquaint you to the manner of eating sushi. After getting used to eating vegetarian sushi you can later turn to more adventurous choices. Do not start your sushi and Japanese cuisine experience with sashimi and other raw fish. Sashimi is raw fish served without cooked rice.
In Zake Houston lounge and in other restaurants that serve sushi, serving sushi sides is already a normal practice. Sushi tastes good with enough amount of soy sauce for that salty and umami taste. A small amount of wasabi should be added. Beginners must not add too much wasabi in their sushi dish. Putting too much wasabi will make sushi extremely hot and will be difficult to consume. Pickled ginger or shredded radish is provided to rinse your palate after taking each bite sushi. When eating sushi with raw fish it is best to chew in bits of pickled ginger and shredded radish to get rid of the fishy taste. It will also help you appreciate each part of the meal by preventing accumulation of strong flavor in the mouth and leaving an unwanted aftertaste.