Sushi is a popular food to eat, but a lot of people who enjoy it are breaking common etiquette all the time without realizing it. If you’re a fan of sushi, these tips will help you next time you eat out.

Choose Wisely

Not all sushi places are equal — you want to stick with high end. There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing where to buy and eat your sushi. Choose poorly and you could end up sick! It might be tempting to hit an all-you-can-eat sushi buffet. Don’t! The sushi is almost always low quality.

If you walk into a sushi restaurant and you smell fish, walk out. You should never smell fish.

It’s a good rule of thumb to avoid ordering sushi on Monday because the fish is typically not fresh. Also, keep in mind the rice shouldn’t be cold and the seaweed should never be soggy. Those two telltale signs mean the sushi is not for you.

Don’t Insult The Chef

When you’re eating sushi in a restaurant, there a few things you can do to accidentally insult the sushi chef. If you’re unaware of these customs, you might seem ungrateful and dissatisfied. First, sushi is meant to be bite-sized, so you should never pick it apart. Eat it in one bite! You’ll retain the beauty and the intended flavor, and make the chef happy that you enjoy his hard work.

Next, don’t dunk it in the soy sauce. The rice has already been flavored with soy sauce by the chef, so if you dunk it, it looks like you’re not satisfied with his masterpiece. Finally, you might struggle with your chopsticks from lack of practice, but don’t rub them together. It’s insulting. It means you think they’re not well made, even if that’s not the message you intend to send.

Know All The Parts

When you’re served sushi, you usually receive a little dish filled with soaked ginger. This is not for eating with your sushi, it’s for cleaning your palate between tastings. Hopefully, you’re trying different types of sushi, and if you want the full experience, you need to wipe your taste buds clean before moving on to a different flavor.

For the best sushi experience, eat your fish from least fatty to most fatty, as intended. Doing this will enhance your meal. Like wasabi? You may receive wasabi with your sushi but go easy. Better yet, ask the chef for advice! He wants you to enjoy his beautiful sushi as much as he enjoyed making it for you.

The best thing about sushi is there are so many variations to choose from, so branch out, have fun, and try them all!