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Tips for Introducing Your Children to Sushi

If you are a sushi lover, you may want to get your child to start loving sushi too so that you can enjoy it together. Sushi can be a difficult food to introduce to children, so you may need to use some creative strategies on your first trip to a sushi restaurant with your kids. Here are a few tips to help you ease your children into the world of sushi.

California Rolls

Order sushi as a side dish

There is a chance that your kids will not like sushi on the first try, so you might not make a meal of it. Choose a restaurant with more familiar items on the menu such as teriyaki chicken so that you have a secondary option in case your child does not enjoy the sushi. Start out with some sushi rolls as a side dish and move on to a full meal of sushi later on if the introduction goes well.

Start with simple rolls

Sashimi and nigiri may not be the most appealing choices for young kids, but sushi rolls are an approachable way to start with sushi. California rolls, bamboo rolls, and vegetarian kappa maki are some popular choices for young diners because they feature a short list of ingredients that kids have probably encountered before.

Avoid spicy ingredients

While you may love your spicy tuna and dragon rolls, these might have too much of a kick for a child’s palate. Steer clear of these spicier options until your child has been introduced to hot foods at home.

Encourage kids to eat with their hands

One appealing quality of sushi is that it is fun for kids to eat. They will love picking up individual pieces and eating them with their hands instead of chopsticks or a fork—just remember to remind your kids that sushi is an exception to the rule of using utensils to eat.

At House of Genji, you can find a welcoming environment for first-time sushi eaters and longtime sushi lovers alike. To view our lunch and dinner menus, visit our website. You can also find out more by calling (408) 453-8120. 

Learn the Difference between Sushi and Sashimi

If you are just beginning to discover the delightful world of sushi, you may be unfamiliar with the terminology used to describe various pieces of fish. This video will inform you of the differences between sushi and sashimi while offering a cultural perspective of common sashimi items in Japan.

Sashimi refers to any sliced protein, but in America it is often limited to fish. These slices served with soy sauce and wasabi are to be eaten with chopsticks. Sushi refers to fish served over rice, and this may also be referred to as nigiri. These pieces may be eaten with the hands or chopsticks.

To please your palate with a great selection of sushi served alongside teppanyaki fare prepared at your table, visit House of Genji in San Jose. You can contact us on our website or at (408) 453-8120 to make dinner reservations.

Health Benefits of Ahi Tuna

japanese sushi

Yellowfin tuna, better known by its Japanese name ahi, is one of the most popular sushi fishes in the world. These huge fish can weigh up to 300 pounds each, and their flesh is delicious both when cooked and when served fresh and raw. When cooked, ahi is usually seared with high heat to create a crust on the outside while leaving the inside rare.

Like most fish, ahi is a very lean meat. A three ounce serving contains only about 110 calories, with virtually no fat at all. It is also an excellent source of protein, providing nearly half your recommended daily intake in that same small serving. It is also packed with B-vitamins, which help keep your skin, metabolism, and red blood cells healthy. Ahi tuna is also packed with minerals and other vital nutrients that your body needs.

At House Of Genji in San José, we serve fresh sushi featuring ahi tuna and many other delicious fishes. Call us at (408) 453-8120 for reservation information.

Sushi Eating Etiquette 101

Eating Sushi

In recent decades, many Westerners have come to appreciate the subtle art of sushi cuisine. This traditional Japanese food consists of specially vinegared rice combined with other fresh ingredients, most famously raw seafood. Many sushi restaurants in California create a relaxed environment, but many diners today are interested in authentic Japanese etiquette that governs sushi eating and other dining. Read on for an overview of sushi etiquette.

Knowing Your Sushi
There are many different types of sushi, and not all of them contain raw fish. Before dining at a sushi bar or restaurant, it is polite to familiarize yourself with the offerings. The two basic types of sushi are nigiri, which consist of individual slices of fish or other ingredients served over a small ball of rice, and maki, which are the familiar rolls that many American diners first learn to enjoy.

Respecting Your Sushi Chef
Part of proper etiquette involves respecting the sushi chef, especially if you are dining at the sushi bar. If you wish to order soup, drinks, or non-sushi items, please refrain from asking the sushi chef to fetch or prepare them for you. It can be considered an insult to inquire about the freshness of the fish, so refrain from doing so.

Using Your Chopsticks
Chopstick etiquette applies to all Japanese meals, including those that contain sushi. Do not stab your food with chopsticks, especially if it is a piece of nigiri or a sushi roll. Also, refrain from picking up a bowl with the hand that is holding the chopsticks. Never point or gesture with your chopsticks, or pass food from yours to someone else’s. Above all, never stick the chopsticks vertically into a bowl of rice, as this is reminiscent of the funeral practice of sticking incense vertically in a bowl of sand.

The chefs at House Of Genji in San José prepare authentic teppanyaki and sushi items for your dining pleasure. If you would like to make a reservation for your party, call us today at (408) 453-8120.

Health Benefits of Teppan Dining [INFOGRAPHIC]

Have you ever had a Teppan dining experience? With the tasty flavors and wide variety of ingredients, eating at a Japanese Teppan restaurant is an experience you should have at least once in your life. Fortunately, Japanese Teppan is also very healthy. At House of Genji, a Teppan restaurant in San Jose, we serve Teppan soup, salad, and green tea with every meal. To take a closer look at the health benefits of the Teppan food we serve at House of Genji, check out this infographic. If you enjoy our infographic, be sure to share it with friends and family!


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