The first mention of sushi was discovered in a Chinese dictionary published at the end of the 2nd century. As a preserved food, salted fish was an important source of protein. The book described a process to clean and gut fish which was kept in rice so that the natural fermentation of the rice helped preserve the fish. This type of sushi is called nare-zushi, and was taken out of storage after a couple of months of fermentation. The fish was consumed while the rice was discarded. Sushi made its debut in
Since Japanese prefer to eat rice together with fish, the sushi, called seisei-zushi, became popular at the end of Muromachi period. It is interesting to note that many kinds of sushi have been developed in
At the beginning of the 19th century in
In the wake of increased health consciousness in the post-war era, sushi became one of the more popular and healthy meals around. Today, American sushi bars are unbelievably popular.