Food and etiquette are an important part of Japanese culture and we would like to shed light on some specific Japanese dishes that have their own rules, including sushi, ramen and boxed meals known as bentos. This will help you as you travel through Japan!
Soy sauce is Japan's most popular sauce, adding salty umami flavors to so many Japanese dishes. You may be surprised to learn that there are quite a few varieties of soy sauce used in Japanese cuisine based on the region, ingredients and methods in which it's brewed.
Japanese curry rice (karē raisu or カレーライス) is the quintessential comfort food in Japan. More sweet than spicy, this dish is easy to make and will quickly become your favorite home cooked meal.
If Shio Koji is something you have never heard of before, get ready to fall in love with its taste and versatility. It can be used as a salt substitute and also enhances the flavors of the ingredients it’s mixed with. It also makes for a great marinade as you will see in this recipe.
There is nothing more comforting than a hot bowl of noodles. Niku Udon (肉うどん) is a classic and truly delicious dish, combining traditional Japanese flavors into one soothing bowl of noodles!
Japanese Mille-Feuille Nabe (ミルフィーユ鍋, 重ね鍋) is the perfect hot pot for cold days. Not to be confused with the traditional French pastry with the same name, the “thousand leaves” in this case refers to the layers of cabbage leaves and thin slices of meat cooked in a hot dashi and miso broth.
Originally from China, Japanese gyoza (餃子) or potstickers are smaller, with a thinner outer shell. One of the most popular comfort foods in Japan, gyoza is crispy on the outside, hot and juicy on the inside, and are the perfect Japanese appetizer.
Chirashi Sushi or chirashizushi (ちらし寿司), translates to “scattered sushi” and is essentially a bowl of sushi rice topped with sashimi. Try our Kinpira Gobo (Braised Carrot & Burdock Root) topping.
Chirashi Sushi or chirashizushi (ちらし寿司), translates to “scattered sushi” and is essentially a bowl of sushi rice topped with sashimi. Try our Kinshi Tamago (Shredded Egg Crepes) topping.
Equally as important as the quality of the fish, a good piece of sushi requires expertly made rice. Steamed and flavored with vinegar, sushi rice is the base for many Japanese recipes.
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