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Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is sushi?
Sushi is a food made of vinegared rice combined with various
toppings or fillings. In Japan, the word "sushi" refers to a broad
range of foods prepared with sumeshi (vinegared rice). Sushi toppings
or fillings can be anything, including seafood (cooked or raw), meat,
vegetables, mushrooms, or egg. In the Western world, sushi is often
misunderstood to mean clumps of rice topped with raw fish, or even
simply raw seafood, which is properly called sashimi. Genji Sushi offers sushi for everyone.
2. What are the different kinds of
There are various types of sushi such as:
Maki-zushi (rolled sushi)
Hoso-Maki (regular roll)
Ura-Maki (inside-out roll)
Futo-Maki (large roll)
Inari-zushi (fried tofu pouches stuffed with sushi rice)
Nigiri-zushi (finger-sized raw fish or shellfish on a bed of vinegared
Temaki-zushi (hand roll)
Chirashi-zushi (a bowl of sushi rice with various toppings)
Oshi-zushi (pressed sushi)
3. What is sashimi?
Sashimi is thinly sliced raw seafood (no rice or rolls).
4. What are those other things inside a sushi package?
Different recipes call for different condiments. Sometimes we include soy sauce, pickled ginger and wasabi. You may also see a shredded white clump of Japanese radish called daikon.
5. What is wasabi?
Wasabi is the grated root of the wasabi plant -a Japanese
horseradish. The best tool to use for grating wasabi is normally
considered to be a sharkskin grater. Real wasabi is believed to
kill germs on raw fish. In order to maintain freshness, Genji's wasabi is all-natural, without artificial coloring, never dehydrated or powdered.
6. What is gari?
Gari is sweet, pickled ginger. Genji Sushi's gari is made with our house vinegar.
7. Why is gari always served with sushi?
It helps to cleanse the palate between bites, so you
can enjoy many different tastes.
8. What is inari?
Inari is a fried tofu pouch stuffed with sushi rice.
It has a sweet soy sauce taste. It is named after the Shinto god,
"Inari", whose messenger, the fox, is believed to have a fondness
for fried tofu.
9. Can I buy your condiments?
Soy Sauce: YES! Genji's original soy sauce is bottled and available for purchase.
Wasabi and Dumpling Sauce: YES! You can purchase these items in sets of 10 small packs for 99¢.
Ginger Miso Dressing: YES! Genji's original Ginger Miso Dressing and Spicy Ginger Miso Dressing are bottled and available for purchase.
Pickled Ginger and Spicy Sauce: Yes! These are available in most stores in convenient pre-portioned cups.
10. What is the expiration date on Genji’s reduced sodium soy sauce? It doesn't say on the label?
If unopened, soy sauce has a shelf life of over a year.
For the best taste, we recommend that you use it within 3 months after
opening. Our original soy sauce is made with our original recipe, specially brewed with sweet rice wine, and contains 37% less sodium than commercial soy sauce.
11. How spicy is your spicy sauce?
Not too spicy -It is perhaps comparable to what most would refer to as "moderately" spicy. Most Japanese
food is very mild, and even items deemed as "spicy" are not overpowering.
12. Do you have anything vegetarian/vegan?
Absolutly! About 20% of our products are vegan. Try any of our Avocado rolls, Cucumber rolls, other vegetable rolls or Inari. Click here for some more delicious vegan and vegetarian-frindly sushi.
13. What do you recommend for a beginner?
Try a California Roll -It is not “fishy”. Or perhaps a spicy tuna roll if you prefer something with a bit of kick. If you want to avoid fish, any of our avocado rolls, cucumber rolls, other vegetable
rolls or Inari would be a great, and easy way to begin exploring sushi.
14. Is it safe to eat raw fish?
Absolutely. All of our fish are premium quality sushi-grade fish. Some consumers are cautioned, however.
MERCURY IN SEAFOOD
The FDA recommends that pregnant and nursing women, women who may become pregnant and young children should avoid consumption of fish such as swordfish, shark, tilefish and king mackerel. These groups should also limit their intake of fresh, frozen and canned tuna. To learn more, please visit www.wholefoods.com, or ask for the “Methyl-mercury in Seafood” brochure at the Whole Foods Market seafood counter.
SUSHI & RAW SEAFOOD
Some varieties of our products contain raw fish. Consuming raw or undercooked fish or shellfish may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially for the elderly, young children under age four, pregnant women, and other individuals with compromised immune systems.
FOOD ALLERGY CONCERNS
We strive to provide a large selection of products for shoppers who have certain food allergies, follow special diets or prefer specific ingredients. Despite taking every precaution, we cannot guarantee that our items are free of trace amounts of peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, eggs, milk, wheat or soy. Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy.
CAUTION REGARDING BONES IN FISH
We make every effort to remove all bones from our fish. However, some items may contain tiny bones.
For further information regarding food allergens, contact the Food and Drug Administration at www.fda.gov.
15. How do you eat sushi?
Sushi is a healthy, hearty, and
delicious finger food! Your sushi experience should not be daunting. You can pick sushi up with your fingers or with chopsticks, dip it into your soy sauce, then into your mouth! Don't worry too much about etiquette. Save that for the tea ceremony.
16. How do you use chopsticks?
17. Your wheat free list that is on your website, is it gluten free?
Our wheat-free items are made on-location and in kitchens, along with other items which contain gluten. Therefore, we cannot call them “gluten free.” However, you can rest assured that they are 100% wheat-free, when listed as such.
18. Is there a way to buy 200 - 500 of the small “All Natural Japanese Wasabi” Packages? (yes I am really addicted to that stuff!)
Unfortunately, at this time we do not ship our wasabi, as it should be refrigerated at all times. Feel free to grab an extra packet or two to compliment your next sushi order – we know how delicious it is!
19. I would love to purchase the grain mix that you use for your Multi-grain rice. Is that available for purchase?
We actually have the Multi-grain mix made especially for us and shipped from overseas. We currently do not offer this for resale, but here is a list of the grains, if you would like to make your own from the Whole Foods bulk aisle: Black Rice, Glutinous Millet, Corn, Brown Rice, White Sorghum, Red Bean, Buckwheat Rice, Glutinous Foxtail Millet, Black Soybean, Glutinous Rice, Job’s Tears, White Sesame, Amaranth Grain, Barley, Black Sesame
20. I love your Ginger Miso Dressing!!! I live far away from any Genji locations, can I get it shipped to me?
Our Ginger Miso Dressing and Spicy Ginger Miso Dressing can be purchased at any Whole Foods Market store where Genji provides fresh, all-natural sushi. Here is a link to our Genji locations in the USA: http://www.genjiweb.com/genji/locations_usa.htm. Unfortunately, we do not ship the dressing at this time because it is made wtih fresh ingredients, and should be refrigerated at all times. Be sure to stock up on your next visit to Genji Sushi!
21. Can you explain if you are taking precautions for the products that are imported from Japan? Does your fish come from Japan?
We understand the concerns of our customers and have taken the necessary steps to ensure that our products have not been affected by the tragic earthquake of March, 2011. For your peace of mind, we are pleased to let you know that all ingredients coming from Japan were shipped prior to the earthquake. As per the FDA, because of the heavy damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami to the region, no products are currently being exported from the affected area. You can find further information about the origins of our products from on our website at: http://www.genjiweb.com/genji/origins.html. You will see that none of our fish is sourced from Japan.
22. Do you offer wheat-free soy sauce?
At the moment, all of our locations have tamari (a wheat-free soy sauce) available behind the sushi case. The next time you visit a Genji Sushi location, feel free to ask one of the sushi chefs for a side of tamari and they will be happy to assist you!
23. What is the meaning of Genji?
Genji, Inc. is named after the title character in “The Tale of Genji,” the first Japanese novel ever written, which is well-known in Japan. You can find more information about the history of our company at: http://www.genjiweb.com/genji/ourstory.html
24. I would like to know if the packaging tray is recyclable.
The base of the packaging we use is both compostable and recyclable, as it is made from bulrush (cattails) which will decompose in most compost heaps within approximately 90 days. The lid is made of PET, which is 100% recyclable.
25. I was looking for nutritional content on an item, but I did not see that dish in the drop down menu on your website.
We apologize for the inconvenience. Sometimes, new products are rolling out faster than we can update the website! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the item you are interested in, and we will be happy to assist you with your inquiry!
26. Are your products GM free?
We are happy to tell you that all of our products are Non-GMO. In-keeping with Genji’s mission, we continue to seek out the most environmentally-friendly products on the market and provide only fresh and all-natural ingredients to our customers every day.
27. I had a great sushi roll the last time I visited a Genji Sushi location, but when I went back for it, this location was no longer making it. What happened!?
We love hearing your feedback and are pleased that you enjoyed one of our special rolls! In an effort to keep our cases stocked with options to suit every palette, we are always adding new items to our menu. Unfortunately, the sushi cases aren’t large enough to hold everything we would like to make for you, so sometimes, an item you like may not be in the case when you stop by. Genji chefs are available throughout the day making fresh sushi, so if there is something you would like that you do not see in the sushi case, please request a special order! As long as the ingredients are available, a Genji sushi chef will be glad to make your special request in 5 minutes or less!
= Japanese horseradish
= sweet, pickled ginger
= soy sauce
= dried seaweed
= vinegared sushi rice
= fatty tuna
Sha-ke, or Sake (鮭)
= flying fish roe (eggs)
= crab meat
Ika (いか) = squid
= cucumber roll
= tuna roll
= egg omelet
= green tea
= Japanese rice wine
= miso soup
= sesame seeds
= Japanese dumpling
= Japanese mushroom
= soybean paste
= sauce made with soy, dashi, and Japanese citron
= bamboo mat to make sushi rolls
= phrase said in Japan before eating
= phrase said in Japan after eating
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