Tazukuri (literally “making rice paddy”) are sweet, crispy baby sardines that play an important role in osechi ryōri as they represent wishes for an abundant harvest (sardines were once used as fertilizers for rice fields).
Nanakusa Gayu (seven herb rice porridge) is traditionally enjoyed on January 7 in Japan as a way to soothe the body and calm the stomach after all the holiday indulgences from the New Year’s celebrations.
Ozōni is a clear soup that is enjoyed as part of the Japanese New Year’s meal known as osechi ryōri. Its light delicate flavors are the perfect way to start the New Year!
Pork Shogayaki (shoga means ginger and yaki means grill) is a popular dish in Japan of thinly sliced pork cooked in ginger, soy sauce, sake and mirin. The addition of chili oil adds a spicy accent and extra flavor.
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