Bizarre Japanese Food If there is one thing that stands out in the Japanese culture, it is their inclination or fascination for the inordinate. Japanese are detailed and self-conscious about details and concept of uniqueness, therefore, whether in day-to-day life, more so in fashion and food – eccentricity is commonly a dominant attribute. There are some bizarre Japanese foods which are likely not so familiar to a non-Japanese family. But the oddity of these foods should not intimidate a first-timer as it must be thought that Japanese food are very healthy and delicious. Most often, people view in cooking show the very skillful and cute preparation of Japanese food. Thus, if the preparation is important to them, taste should be more important. One of the many bizarre Japanese foods is a healthy dish called nattoï¼ˆç´è±†ï¼‰. It is a soybean-based food which is characterized by its very sticky, very gooey appearance. Without knowing its taste and health value, any non-regular patron of Japanese food would discard the dish especially that it does not look appetizing ,in addition, it has a pungent smell. (more…)
Japanese Recipes : Yakitori , Gomaae.
Today,there are more and more people getting interested with Japanese recipes. Why? Because they aren’t only taste good, but they are also comparatively healthier than their American counterparts. So, if you have always think of trying Japanese food but find that taking raw meat is a bit repulsive, now below are Japanese recipes that you might wish to try out.
Main dish: Yakitori
This is the popular Japanese recipes especially among the children because of its sweet sauce.
- Chicken parts such as thigh meat or liver
- Negi *
- 4 tablespoons of Japanese Soy Sauce
- Japanese cooking wine or Japanese Sake
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- Bamboo skewers
*Substitute Negi with leeks or green onion if not available
1. Cut and divide the chicken into small cubes size about 2 to 3 centimeters.
2. In a saucepan, pour in all the liquid ingredients and mix with sugar then simmer with low hear. Wait until the sugar is completely melted.
3. Marinate the chicken with the sauce and set aside for about 30 minutes.
4. Cut the Negi into 3 centimeters long while waiting for the marinade to seep in.
5. When the chicken gets ready, alternately skewer chicken with leeks.
6. Grill to perfection. Be careful not to burn them. (more…)
I wish you a Very Happy New Year 2010!!
Wondering what to try in new year days?
How about trying colorful Osechi-ryori ï¼ˆå¾¡ç¯€æ–™ç†ï¼‰during New Year days.
Traditionally, rice cake soup (ZÅni é›‘ç…®) is served on 1st January to celebrate the New Year in Japan. ZÅni (é›‘ç…®), a soup of mochi rice cakes, the recipe for the soup differs from region to region. Eastern Japan new year soup is in clear broth wheareas in western Japan miso broth is used to prepared the ZÅni.
Tokyo-Style New Year’s Soup
Christmas in Japan is different from the west like the US. The major religions in Japan are Buddhism and Shinto, so Christmas is more commercial event. The main celebration revolves around Christmas eve and not Christmas day.
Most Japanese families would have a Christmas tree and now it is becoming very common to have lights on the outside of houses as you would see in the USA. While Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan, more and more people are taking up traditions such as decorating their home, giving presents to friends and celebrating the event with a special meal.