Sushi is a Japanese specialty based on boiled rice seasoned with a sweetened rice vinegar. This glossy, sticky rice mixture is called sushi mesi.
There are many varieties of sushi, and while some are made with raw fish, others include ingredients like cooked seafood, eggs and tofu, or vegetables like cucumbers, avocados and mushrooms. Sushi can be served as an appetizer, snack or full meal. It is often accompanied by pickled ginger, wasabi and soy sauce for dipping.
There are many types of sushi, and all include rice. Nigiri, or handmade sushi, is the typical variety comprised of thin slices of raw fish wrapped around rice.
Maki, or sushi rolls, are made with vegetables, raw fish, tofu and various other ingredients that are enclosed in sushi rice, wrapped in nori (sheets of toasted seaweed) and cut into slices.
There is also oshi, pressed sushi that is cut into small squares, and inarizushi, stuffed bean curd rolls.