Japanese – Sushi

Before anything else, it is important to understand that there is a difference between traditional Japanese cuisine and the types of food that are commonly served in STL Japanese restaurants. Sushi, sashimi, tempura, tonkatsu, ramen, curry rice, wafu burgers, and buckwheat noodles are some of the most mainstream or popular Japanese dishes. However, traditionally speaking, these are not popular at all. Traditionally, meat was not incorporated into Japanese cuisine. Any creature that had four legs was considered taboo. Having said that, whale meat and terrapin were acceptable to the Japanese. Things have changed since then. At present, meat is now incorporated into it.

Sushi is a Japanese food that has grown immensely in popularity as of late. Before anything else, what exactly is sushi? Sushi is composed of a roll of rice that has been flavoured with vinegar and is mixed with assorted fillings such as vegetables, egg, mushrooms or raw fish like salmon, tuna or crabsticks. This is then dipped into either a mixture of soy sauce and wasabi or just plain soy sauce. There are now even certain types of sushi plates that are native to the United States, such as California Rolls.

Japanese – Sushi Restaurants in St. Louis

St. Louis Japanese Restaurants  Phone  Location
 Baiku Sushi Lounge  314-896-2500  Midcenter
 Blue Ocean Sushi  314-726-6477  U City
 Cafe Mochi  314-773-5000  South Grand
 Drunken Fish  314-241-9595  Downtown
 Hiro Asian Kitchen  314-241-4476  Downtown
 Kabuki  636-527-7999  Japanese
 Kampai  314-367-2020  Central West End
 Kyoto Steakhouse of Japan  618-685-0018  West County
 Midtown Sushi  314-328-2452  Central West End
 Mizu Sushi  314-621-2646  Downtown
 Nobu’s Japanese Restaurant  314-997-2303  U City Loop
 Sarku Japan  314-892-9102  South County
 Sushi Ai  314-588-7888  Downtown
 Sushi Station  314-733-5511  Webster Groves
 Tani Sushi Bistro  314-727-8624  Clayton
 Tokyo Sushi  314-984-5060  South County
 Wasabi  Various Locations  Various Locations

 Popularity of Sushi in St. Louis

You may have noticed how sushi has become so popular in St. Louis in recent years. Many people tout sushi as an extremely healthy food. This is true; however the fish that is served with the sushi needs to be of absolute freshness. Another reason that sushi is so healthy is because it is served without the use of oil or butter. It can also be considered as a complete meal in itself as it contains carbohydrates, protein and other vitamins and minerals. This plays a huge role in its increasing popularity. Given the fact that fad diets and getting fit are all the rage right now, people want to try anything that can help them lose weight and feel better about themselves.

While it may seem trivial, one reason that sushi has achieved the popularity that it has is because of the aesthetic factor involved. The way that food looks is an essential factor that affects peoples perception of it. It is what makes some foods easy to market and advertise and others harder to do so. Sushi is bursting with a variety of colours and interesting flavours that make it a pleasure to partake of. Presentation is key for the Japanese and this is evident in the way that sushi is prepared.

Americans are also known for hopping on the bandwagon whenever anything exotic enters the world of food and cuisine. This is evident in the coconut water craze. Sushi is no exception to this. It is trendy, healthy and pleasing to the eyes. In other words, there is no reason for Americans not to embrace it. This explains why there has been a surge in Japanese restaurants especially in large cities like St Louis, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, New Orleans, and many others.

Whether in your favorite sushi bar or at home, sushi is popular as well because it is relatively easy to prepare. Its ingredients also accommodate vegetarians and vegans. If you make it at home, you can choose whether to include raw fish, egg, or just vegetables in it.

Types of Food Served at St. Louis Japanese – Sushi Restaurants

Donburi or a combination of an entrée and a bowl of rice is one dish that is commonly served in many Japanese restaurants across America. Japanese cuisine is regarded as one of the healthiest foods in the world and this can be attributed to its minimal use of oil in many of its dishes. Instead, ingredients such as salt, dashi, sugar, soy sauce, mirin, and sake are used. Grilling and braising are the most commonly used methods of cooking in Japanese cuisine. Herbs and spices are generously used as well.

Some of the most popular Japanese dishes include hayashi rice (thick beef stew on rice), onigiri (balls of rice with a filling in the middle), ochazuke (hot green tea poured over white rice), tamago kake gohan (rice with raw egg), omurice (omelette with fried rice), mochi (glutinous rice cake), chahan (fried rice), kayu (rice congee), zosui, katsudon (donburi with deep-fried breaded pork toppings), tekkadon (donburi with tuna sashimi toppings), oyakodon (donburi with chicken and egg toppings), gyudon (donburi with seasoned beef toppings), tendon (donburi with battered shrimp and vegetable toppings), unadon (donburi with broiled eel and vegetable toppings), unagi, agedashi tofu, udon, sobra, somen, ramen, champon, hiyashi chukka, Okinawa soba, zaru soba, yaki soba, yaki udon, karaage, korokke, kushikatsu, tempura, tonkatsu, gyoza, kushiyaki, motoyaki, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, teriyaki, yakiniku, yakitori, yakizakana, oden, motsunabe, shabu-shabu, sukiyaki, tecchiri, kakuni, nikujaga, nizakana, soki, chanpuru, and kinpira gobo.

When it comes to sashimi, the most commonly served variations include fugu, tataki, basashi, torisashi, rebasashi and shikasashi. Popular Japanese soups are miso soup, kiritanpo, tonjiru, sumashijuru, tonjiru, imoni and dangojiru. Desserts include amanatto, dango, hanabiramochi, higashi, taiyaki, uiro, oshiruko, mocha, kakigori, manju, matsunoyuki, higashi, kompeito and more.

Popular Japanese beverages include hot tea, cold tea, sake, amazake, genmaicha, gyokuro, hojicha, kombucha, kukicha, kuzuyu, matcha, mugicha, sakurayu, sencha, umecha, awamori, umeshu and shochu.

Japanese and Sushi ResourcesBento.com is a great resource of Japanese recipes and information about Japanese cuisine. For more information, visit their website

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