With some popular dishes such as Sukiyaki or Sushi, Japanese cuisine has become more familiar and been highly appreciated all over the world in recent years. In fact, many visitors to Japan get the opportunity to try special dishes such as raw fish or fried shrimp. In this article, we will give you some information about typical Japanese foods such as Sushi, Sashimi, Shabu-shabu, Sukiyaki, Tempura, Tonkatsu, Kaiseki Ryori, Yakitori and Sake.
Sushi is usually cut into round pieces and served with soy sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger. When eating, you should put the entire piece in the mouth to completely feel its flavor: the strange taste of rice mixed with vinegar, the greasy taste and the cool flavour of raw fish together with the pungent taste of wasabi. Most commonly, tuna, squid and shrimp are served with cucumber, pickled radish and scrambled eggs.
Sashimi is a traditional Japanese dish with main ingredients of types of fresh seafood. The seafood used for making Sashimi is caught by special tools, then processed in accordance with a special recipe to ensure the freshness of each piece of Sashimi. Some of the seafood often used for Sashimi by the Japanese people are salmon, tuna, mackerel, basa, pufferfish, squid, octopus and shrimp. In addition, Sashimi is made from meat, fruits or vegetables.
Shabu-shabu is a Japanese hotpot dish but beef is the main material. Fresh beef is cut into thin slices artistically. When eating, diners dip these slices into hot water and enjoy them as they are still rare. The shabu-shabu broth is sweet and pure. Besides, it is usually served with cabbage, seaweed, shiitake mushrooms and some other healthy ingredients.
Sukiyaki is a typical Japanese dish whose main ingredient is rib eye steak along with a variety of natural mushrooms. When the mushrooms and other ingredients begin to be done to a turn, you dip the Sukiyaki-style sliced beef in the pot and wait until it is cooked well to match your taste. This dish is dipped in egg sauce or the sauce made from Kikkoman soy sauce.
Tempura is a Japanese dish that consists of types of seafood, vegetables together with wheat flour all of which are deep fried with oil. Tempura can be said to be a typical dish of the land of rising sun. Despite coming into existence after Sushi, Tempura brings the fragrance and unique taste and is preferred by many Japanese people.
Tonkatsu, which is made from pork, was born in the late 19th century and become a popular dish in Japan. The ingredients consist of a packet of fried dough, sliced tenderloin with the thickness of one to two centimeters. This dish is usually served with cabbage and miso soup. Besides, you can also use the rib meat as the main ingredient of the dish. The meat is added with salt and pepper and lightly sprinkled with a layer of wheat flour. After that, the meat is dipped in egg and fried with tempura flour.
Kaiseki Ryori is the name of the most delicate and sophisticated meal in the Japanese culinary arts. This is usually a party to feast the guests and express the hospitality of the host. The ingredients of Kaiseki Ryori change according to different seasons and mainly consist of vegetables, fish, seaweeds and mushrooms. This traditional food owns a distinctive flavor.
Yakitori is one of the most delicious Japanese foods that are selected by foreign visitors to Japan. As usual, chicken is used for baking. The chicken is marinated with salt and the characteristic sauce called “tare”. Tare is made of soy sauce, mirin, sake and sugar with a specific recipe to create a balance between salinity and sweetness. In addition, ginger can be added to the dish to enhance the flavor. This flavor is mingled with the greasy taste of sesame oil and the sweetness of the honey to create a characteristic taste.
The sake is a type of Japanese rice wine that is commonly served with a variety of dishes. The sake is made from rice and water and considered to be the alcoholic drink since ancient times. The sake can be served hot, which can arouse your emotion and warm the body in winter while the iced sake has a similar taste to high-quality wines. Every region throughout the country has local wineries that own the distinct flavor, depending on the quality of rice and water and the differences in the production of alcohol.
Hopefully, this article helps you to get more knowledge of Japanese cuisine. If having an occasion, you should spend time exploring other culinary arts around the world.