Japanese food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world.
“Based on rules of five, traditional Japanese cuisine, or washoku, emphasizes variety and balance. This is achieved through the use of five colors (black, white, red, yellow, and green), five cooking techniques (raw, grilled, steamed, boiled, and fried foods), and five flavors (sweet, spicy, salty, sour, and bitter).”
Today we bring you a list of 10 traditional Japanese foods and dishes, keep reading!
10 Japanese Food and Dishes
Sushi is one of Japan’s most famous foods. A dish that was born in ancient times, sushi originated in the process of preserving fish in fermented rice.
Tempura is a dish of breaded and fried fish, seafood, or vegetables.
“Special attention is paid to the way the ingredients are cut, as well as to the temperature of the dough (ice) and (boiling) oil for frying so that each piece is a mouthful of crisp fried perfection.”
Yakitori is a dish of chicken pieces the size of a roasted snack on a skewer. It makes use of every part of the chicken – including the heart, liver, and even the chicken comb.
“Unlike other traditional Japanese foods, the yakitori has only been consumed since the mid-17th century, as meat consumption was taboo in Japan for several centuries.
Tsukemono is traditional pickles that have been consumed in Japan since prehistoric times.
It is made with vegetables such as daikon radish and eggplants and fruits such as ume plum.
The latest in Japanese gastronomy, the kaiseki is a tasting course made up of small thematic, seasonal dishes. Kaiseki was born out of the traditional tea ceremony, in which small bites of food were offered along with bitter green tea.
Udon is a thick, chewy noodle made from wheat flour. It is one of the most popular foods in Japan due to its delicious taste, low price, and versatility – the udon can be eaten hot or cold and can be customized with any amount of ingredients.
There are three famous regional varieties of udon noodles:
-Sanuki udon from Kagawa Prefecture in southwestern Japan.
-Nagoya Kishimen in central Japan.
-Inaniwa udon of Akita in northern Japan.
Soba is a type of noodle dish that has been consumed in Japan for centuries — made from buckwheat flour. The soba can be served in a hot broth or cooled with a dipping sauce.
Sukiyaki is a dish of a pot of meat, vegetables, and tofu cooked with a sweet broth of soy sauce in a shallow cast-iron pot.
Centuries before the Japanese ate sushi; they first enjoyed raw fish without rice.
While the name “sashimi” refers to any finely chopped raw food, including fresh meat (gyuu-sashi), chicken (tori-sashi), and even horse (basashi).
It is an essential Japanese food that is served with any traditional meal.
The soup is made with dashi broth, either fish or seaweed, combined with miso bean paste to add a tasty umami element to any meal. Tofu and sliced green onions, as well as ingredients such as fish, clams, and pork, can be added and may vary depending on the season.
Have you tried any of these delicious dishes? If not, we invite you to do it! you won’t regret it!
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