Is it Safe to Eat Raw Fish in Sushi? Of Course!

Salmon and caviar rolls served on a plate

It’s common practice to cook raw meat to eliminate any harmful bacteria or viruses it contains — so why is marine fish served raw in sushi? While cooked fish is on the menu in many restaurants, sushi stands out for being raw food. Here’s an overview of some of the reasons why eating raw fish […]

Where Does Wasabi Come From? A Brief History of Wasabi.

Japanese Wasabi Grated with Strawberry gravel

Wasabi is the spicy green paste often served with sushi and sashimi — but you likely already knew that. Scientifically known as Wasabia japonica, wasabi is a traditional Japanese condiment that has gained worldwide recognition for its strong and unique flavor. However, where does wasabi come from, and why did it grow so popular? Let’s […]

The Origins of Miso Soup

Miso Soup in wooden bowl.

Miso soup is a mainstay in Japanese cuisine, and for a good reason — it’s delicious, energizing, and a perfect complement to any meal. However, it’s far from a recent innovation, as Japan has been enjoying miso in some form for well over 1,000 years! The origins of miso and how it became the soup […]

4 Classic Sushi Rolls That Originated Outside of Japan

Sushi rolls arranged on plates.

At Kabuto, a renowned Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar with locations in Rockville, Parkville, Rosedale, Maryland, and East Norriton, PA, we take pride in offering a diverse array of sushi roll varieties that cater to the discerning palate of our guests. While Japan is undeniably the birthplace of sushi, there are several classic sushi rolls […]

Why Is Wasabi Commonly Paired With Sushi?

Sushi rolls on a dish with wasabi and ginger.

If you are a connoisseur of fine Japanese cuisine, your palette has likely been treated to a variety of different sushi rolls when visiting a sushi restaurant. You may have also noticed that it’s a Japanese tradition for sushi to be served with wasabi, the spicy green paste served as a condiment alongside authentic sushi […]

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Tempura

Tempura being held with chopsticks.

Almost every cuisine in the world has a version of fried food that people find extremely popular and can be found on every menu. In Japanese culture, that frying technique comes in the form of tempura. From rock shrimp, cod, chicken, and even soft shell crab, fried tempura items are found on Japanese restaurant menus […]

A Brief History of Japanese Fried Chicken Wings

Wings on a dish.

In almost every culture around the world, there is a variation of fried chicken wings somewhere in their culinary recipe book. Different countries take the humble protein, put their own spin on the dish, and help it be representative of their approach to food. 

Roll Sushi vs. Hand-Roll Sushi: Are They the Same or Different?

Rolled sushi and hand-rolled sushi sitting below and above each other on a black background

Sushi is a staple in Japan and beyond. It comes in several varieties, including maki rolls and temaki. When you dine at sushi restaurants in Rockville, MD, and beyond, you’ll have the opportunity to dine on either dish. But should you order roll or hand-roll sushi? Is there even a difference? Yes, there is! And […]

What’s the Difference Between Sushi, Sashimi, and Nigiri?

different kinds of sushi

Traditional Japanese cuisine is delicious — there’s no arguing that! Whether you plan to visit Japan someday to try tasty traditional dishes or you’re staying local and visiting our authentic Japanese restaurant in Rockville, there’s a lot to learn and even more to sample! Sushi is one form of Japanese cuisine that’s familiar to many […]