Rice crackers can be found in every shape, color and flavor in Japan. From savory to sweet, there’s a rice cracker to fit every occasion and taste. Each region has its own specialty based on local ingredients which are then baked, grilled or fried. Most rice crackers in Japan however, fall into two main categories based on the rice used and their shape: Senbei (煎餅) and Okaki (おかき).
Poke has become an incredibly popular dish in the west. Originally from Hawaii, this dish is heavily influenced by Japanese cuisine and is light, refreshing and easy to make. It combines sashimi (raw fish) with fresh seasonal ingredients and is topped with a soy sauce and sesame vinaigrette. Bring the taste of the island to you home!
Oyakodon is one of Japan's most popular rice bowls, or donburi. The literal translation come from oya which means parent, ko which means child and don which bowl. It's a play on words as its main ingredients are chicken and egg. For those looking for a low carb alternative, you can try our Low Carb/High Protein Oyakodon which provides all the comfort and protein without the high carb rice.
Found only in the seas surrounding Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost tropical islands, mozuku is a type of brown seaweed that is known for its slimy texture and delicious health benefits. Rich in minerals and fucoidan, mozuku is said to contribute to the Okinawans’ longevity (the archipelago is home to some of the longest living people on earth!). Try this easy to make recipe to enjoy the local flavors of this Okinawan speciality.
If you've ever visited Japanese restaurants, you've likely seen donburi on the menu. Donburi, or rice bowls, are the perfect choice for a quick and delicious meal in Japan. Named for the large bowl that the dish served in, called a “don”, donburi combines a bowl of steamed rice with meat, vegetables and sauce, and is usually served with a side of pickles and miso soup. It's an all-in-one meal that’s both convenient and filling.
As is the case with many things in traditional Japanese culture, simplicity seems to be key even in home cooking. Many of the dishes close to people’s hearts are the ones that embrace the wabi-sabi, the imperfections and sometimes the rough nature of home cooking. They are made just as much by the intent going into them as they are by their individual ingredients.
Many lessons we learn from Japanese grandmother's revolve around cooking, with one dish in particular being a simple yet important part of Japanese cuisine: miso soup.
Hōtō noodles feel like a warm hug from obaachan. With a texture more similar to dumplings than noodles, hōtō noodles are thick, rustic noodles that are wider and doughier than regular udon noodles.
Noodles have a rich history in Japan and are integral to Japanese cuisine. They're extremely versatile and can be enjoyed in soups, stir-fries, dipped in sauces or in salads. Some of them may seem similar but there are countless varieties based on the ingredients and regional flavors. There's a noodle for every taste!
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!