Nigiri Knowledge

Everybody knows enough to describe a maki sushi as a “roll”. However, what word do you use to distinguish a roll from another piece of sushi? At Flo’s Bellevue Japanese Restaurant, the sushi that does not come in roll form is generally going to be what Japan calls nigirizushi.

Often referred to as “nigiri sushi” or simply “nigiri” in English-speaking restaurants, the nigirizushi represents sushi that comes in the form of the classic brick-shaped piece of rice topped with a strip of fish, egg, or other appropriate ingredient.

Sometimes, nigiri is topped with a loose topping like roe or shredded vegetables. When this happens, the sushi chef needs to wrap the sushi in a strip of nori in order to hold this topping in place. This gives such sushi the name gunkan-maki, which translates to “warship roll”, due to its resemblance to a ship.

Sushi for Beginners

Never tried sushi before?
If you visit our Bellevue sushi restaurant, you can take the plunge in style with our selection of ideal starter sushi. Even the most squeamish sushi newbie can find something to help them ease into the experience until they’re ready to pack them away like a pro.

All Sushi aren’t Raw
Firstly, it’s a common misconception that all sushi contains raw fish. If you’re not ready to eat sashimi, try out some vegetable rolls, the egg-based tamago, or any one of the fried fusion rolls. The classic California roll is specially designed to simulate the experience of raw fish with steamed pieces of white fish and avocado. After a few of these, you’ll be ready to graduate to the full menu!

The Benefits of Shellfish Living

Do you like shellfish? Do you like crab, shrimp, scallops, oysters, and lobster? You can find all of these at Flo Japanese Restaurant in Bellevue! We put them in sushi, we chop them into cakes, we bread them, we fry them, and we dunk them in soups. We do it all, because not only is shellfish delicious, but it’s also a healthy part of any diet.

Shellfish isn’t just a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Like any other animal harvested from the ocean, our hard-shelled friends can indeed offer all of the rich benefits of these valuable fats, but these are not the main event. Shellfish are all also rich in chromium and selenium, both of which have a powerful impact on your body. Chromium helps insulin to metabolize sugar, making it a highly recommended nutrient for diabetics or people at risk of diabetes. Selenium is an antioxidant that battles a lot of deadly carcinogens, like cadmium, arsenic, and even mercury. Keep shellfish in your diet, and keep cancer out!

Eat More Seaweed!

The Japanese seaweed nori may not sound appealing to many Americans, but it’s a big part of traditional cooking. You can find it in all sorts of dishes, notably in a lot of the sushi found at Flo’s Japanese Restaurant in Bellevue. Much of the time it’s nothing more than a simple, unassuming strip of vegetation designed to keep the fish from falling off the rice, but there’s more to this humble weed than you may realize. Indeed, nori is a very valuable part of the Japanese diet.

The health benefits of nori are many, particularly as they apply to your circulation. It’s popular as a meatless source of protein and iron, allowing vegetarian diners to maintain healthy blood cells. It’s also rich in potassium, which is good for regulating sodium levels and preventing high blood pressure. A high soluble fiber content slows the rate at which food is absorbed into the bloodstream, so people with who are having trouble managing their blood sugar can also benefit.

Embrace a little seaweed into your life at Flo’s today, and reap the benefits of a healthier circulatory system for years to come!

The Benefits of Scallops

Do you like scallops? Flo Japanese restaurant in Bellevue does! In scallops, we have a seafood that has a light, pleasing taste and appeals to even those who are not a fan of the “fishier” tasting denizens of the sea. If you’re not a big fan of fish, then, and you still want to benefit from the great health benefits offered by seafood, let us recommend the scallop as an alternative.

Like most other forms of seafood, you can expect to find low calories, low fat, and a good dose of omega-3 fatty acids. This is just where scallops start, however; not only are they a heart-healthy source of protein and vitamin B12, but they also serve to help you sleep better. This is because they contain tryptophan. This is an amino acid that the body converts into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is important to getting a good sleep cycle. Eating a few scallops in the evening can therefore help you meet the sandman head on when it’s time to settle down. So order up some scallops at Flo Japanese Restaurant and turn in for a restful night’s sleep!