Top Sydney chef Daniel Kwak reveals the common mistakes diners make when eating sushi

Top Sydney chef Daniel Kwak reveals the common mistakes diners make when eating sushi

Top chef reveals the most common mistakes diners make when eating sushi and sashimi: ‘Don’t put the pickled ginger on top’

  • Sydney’s top chef Daniel Kwak has shared common mistakes when eating sushi
  • Mr Kwak often sees guests enjoying the meal with too much soy sauce
  • He recommends eating pickled ginger between dishes to cleanse the palate
  • Eat pickled ginger between dishes and place the sushi with the fish facing down

A top Sydney chef has listed the most common mistakes diners make when enjoying sushi and sashimi.

Daniel Kwak is the executive chef at The Star’s two-hatted Japanese restaurant Sokyo and outlined some basic ‘rules’ to correctly serving the fresh dish.

Mr Kwak often sees guests using too much soy sauce or wasabi, along with not eating any pickled ginger between dishes.

Daniel Kwak (pictured) is the executive chef at Sydney's two-hatted Japanese restaurant Sokyo and outlined some basic 'rules' to correctly eating sushi and sashimi

Daniel Kwak (pictured) is the executive chef at Sydney’s two-hatted Japanese restaurant Sokyo and outlined some basic ‘rules’ to correctly eating sushi and sashimi

Mr Kwak often sees guests using too much soy sauce or wasabi sauce, along with not eating any pickled ginger between dishes

Mr Kwak often sees guests using too much soy sauce or wasabi sauce, along with not eating any pickled ginger between dishes

‘I recommend dipping the fish in the soy sauce only, not the rice. This is because the rice soaks up the soy sauce,’ Mr Kwak told 7Life.

‘Always start the traditional way with soy sauce and wasabi first, and then if you want to try something different you can order some new style of sushi with mayonnaise and chilli sauce.’

It’s recommended to eat pickled ginger between dishes to ‘cleanse’ your palate.

Mr Kwak also suggested to always eat sushi or sashimi with the fish faced down, ensuring it touches your tongue rather than the roof of your mouth.

Mr Kwak also suggested to always eat sushi or sashimi with the fish faced down, ensuring it touches your tongue rather than to roof of your mouth

Mr Kwak also suggested to always eat sushi or sashimi with the fish faced down, ensuring it touches your tongue rather than to roof of your mouth

How to eat sushi correctly:

Don’t use too much soy or wasabi sauce

Eat pickled ginger in between each sushi dish to cleanse the palette

Always eat sushi or sashimi with the fish pointing downwards so it touches your tongue rather than the roof of your mouth

Making sushi at home might be a fiddly task, but it’s easy to master and makes for a delicious lunchtime or dinner meal.

You’ll need an assortment of ingredients, including sushi rice, nori, fish and a choice of vegetables.

Beginners may wish to opt for starter packs that include all required ingredients.

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