Originally Posted by durangojo
sometimes when faced with eating sushi rolls in public i opt for a knife and fork which is not how they are intended to be eaten for sure. i find sometimes they are too big for one bite and putting the whole thing in my mouth at once would look and feel ghoulish and very, very unattractive...then with the whole thing in your mouth, how do you chew or talk or swallow or drink? unless i know the place and how they make them, sadly i just don't order them out anymore.....how do you sushi?
Sushi etiquette 101 says that you are to eat in one bite, it's rude not too. I feel you on this though, as some nigiri I feel STUFFED trying to manage in one bite. . . if you can't do it in one bite, don't put the left over bite on your plate either, just hold it in your chopsticks and finish once you have swallowed the first bite. Eating with a knife and fork is often an insult, as it sends the message the fish is too tough, or the roll is prepared poorly.
Also, pick up sushi pieces with the thick(butt end) of the sticks, and eat with the tips.
Don't add soy or wasabi, or ginger to the pieces as it's an insult to the Itamae. Use the ginger to cleanse the palate between bites. And if you do soy, dip fish side down. . . and I have heard that a LOT of sushi chefs get pissed to see people mix soy and wasabi, and it's a Westernized" thing.
There are like a million and six subtleties with Sushi. . .best to just enjoy it, and try not to over think it, unless you are in one of those $300 a head type places, and everything is ALL about the experience, the fish, and the Itamae is your guide for the evening.