In a Japanese household or even in a traditional Japanese restaurant, you would several side dishes being offered. Along with California maki (แค ลิ ฟ อ เนีย มา กิ, which is the term in Thai), the side dishes play a major part in sustaining your palate. And, makes sure you are experiencing flavor bombs with each bite. The sushi itself is a delicate cuisine and teamed up with sides that go well, it is a game-changer.
When it comes to deciding the kind of side dishes to go for, there are so many factors to consider. From taste, flavors, colors and even the texture, a rounded meal would always consist of side dishes. And, if you are worried about what you should get with your sushi next time, here is a list of everything that goes well with sushi.
Japanese meals are wholesome throughout and always contain soup with whatever meal you are having. Why not with sushi then? Usually, there are two basic soups- one would be the miso soup and another one the surimono or as one would call clear soup. Miso soup is made with miso paste and dashi stock.
Though not technically a side dish, pickled ginger is always given with sushi so that it acts as a palate cleanser. Usually, baby ginger is used for making pickled ginger as it comes with mild consistency.
Now, this is one of the classic side dishes that are always popular. Whether shrimp tempura or vegetable tempura, they are quite addictive. The fluffy batter and the extra crispiness are worth adding to your next California maki order.
Gyoza is not similar to dumplings and is half shaped filled with minced meat. Some often go for vegetable-filled gyoza to compliment the seafood of the sushi well. One could add fillings depending on your choice and wrap them in thin wrappers. They are steamed and sometimes pan-fried.
Though not a traditional Japanese dish, it is still eaten with full Japanese meals. And, as it uses imitation crab, it still gives off a vibe like that. Also, it is very easy to make and is light, and goes well with sushi.
Seaweed is a staple for a Japanese meal. It helps in counterbalancing the heaviness of the sushi and is therefore loved by all. It is very easy to prepare and is good for your health too. You could also add some dressing to your seaweed.
Therefore, these are some of the popular side dishes that would go well with your California maki or any other sushi. Ask your sushi chef if they recommend something if you are going to a restaurant.