Imagine this cozy scene taking place in your favorite sushi restaurant in a short time from now…
…It’s a nice summer evening at your favorite sushi joint. Rather ordinary, until this moment. Your dinner guests are gathered around the glowing candle lit table. They chat quietly.
Suddenly your waiter appears… with a platter of colorful, luxurious Sushi dishes…
You take a bite of what seems to be an innocent looking avocado roll. Minutes later, your mouth starts tingling… your lips start swelling… your face becomes red, and you start having trouble breathing.
You recognize this as an allergic reaction to eating shrimps but remain dumbfounded as to how this could have happened.
You know sushis are delicious, and that’s why I’m writing. To encourage you to try more of these exceptional sushis. But if you have food allergies, there are many reasons you may want to read this article before going to your next favorite sushi restaurant.
From working in sushi bars, I’ve seen many allergic reactions happen. Anything from gluten, seafood, sesame seeds, fish, eggs & even fruit allergies.
If you want to avoid food allergy problems, you ought to advise your waiter as soon as you can about them of these precautions.
But to be honest, there’s only so much you can do as we can’t really know what they’re doing behind the sushi bar. At the very least, you’ll be minimizing your chances of getting caught in a bad situation.
Here’s a few important things you can make sure your chef can do before they start making your food:
Clean the knife with water and soap before cutting any food
The knife gets in contact with most of the foods that you or other people are having. So it’s important that the chef cleans his knife properly before touching your food. It may have been in contact with any number of ingredients that you may be allergic to.
They often keep around a humid piece of rag they use for wiping off little pieces of caviar, sesame seeds or brushing off into the garbage bin left over food found on the cutting board.
Ask them to change it for a new one, or jut roughly rinse it with water to make sure no residues remain on it.
Clean the hands and gloves
If they’re wearing gloves, it would be ideal if they could change it for a new pair. If they’re using their hands to prepare your food, then it would be important for them to wash their hands with soap and water first. Which they don’t do sometimes, you’d be surprised at how often.
Clean the cutting board
Cutting boards accumulate loads of food dirt and bacteria from all the fish meat, and other food particles that’s being cut on it all the time. It has to be cleaned with humid rags or some special disinfectant and be free of stains, or any left-over food on it.
Lastly, in a sushi working environment, food gets in contact with other food all the time. So, the chef has to be cautious with his own manners and watch for his actions while making your food.
Following these rule will remove much of the risk from having a bad situation happen to you. You can feel much safer by advising to the chef your situation, along with all these precautions.
There’s probably other food allergies I haven’t mentioned here, and just although these precautions can serve as your safety belt, it won’t necessarily avoid all accidents.
If you want to make sure you can control 100% of the variables, you can learn more about making sushis from home from reading the other free articles I’ve made available to you here.
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