UNESCO, in 2013, declared the Washoku as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity. A type of traditional cuisine of Japan that has become very famous in recent times and that certainly deserves to be tried even once in a lifetime.
It became the fifth gastronomic culture that is part of UNESCO, and therefore citizens must preserve it, respect it, and give it the place it deserves in the world of culinary arts.
Through this appointment, the Washoku kitchen has been one of the most important in Asia, and thanks to this, its peculiarities were established. Some of them are:
Take advantage of the variety of ingredients and their flavor
Due to the extension of the western archipelago, different ingredients of any kind can be obtained. This makes mixing many flavors in the same kitchen be a delight to the palate. Especially for fans of exotic dishes.
A presentation that reflects nature
Through the presentation of the dishes of the Washoku, nature and its seasonal changes are expressed. At each stage, the combination of ingredients, dishes to be used, and types of cooking are chosen to achieve a good representation.
Healthy and balanced meal
Japanese cuisine is based on that. Offer healthy, light, and fabulous food to keep you fit. The basis of Asian cooking is soup, which contains different flavors such as sweet, salty, bitter.
These dishes do not contain much animal fat, which makes it perfect for cooking low-calorie meals.
The Washoku is linked to annual events
There are customs (as in all countries) that, at some point, you eat a specific dish. For example, in Japan is that the famous soba is prepared on New Year’s Eve. Well, the same happens with the Washoku kitchen, which is implemented at certain times.
Beyond all this, do you still know what the Washoku is? If in doubt, read the following:
The Washoku is much more than a kitchen in Japan. It is a social practice based on traditions linked to the production, preparation, and consumption of food. The most crucial feature of Washoku is that it cares about nature and uses fresh ingredients and natural resources.
That is, this practice encourages the use of healthy, unprocessed, and cultivated products in Asian lands such as rice, vegetables, wild plants, and fish, in addition to the use of natural and chemical-free condiments.
In Japan, Washoku means “traditional Japanese food.” Therefore, it is attributed to so much importance within the traditions in Japan. From the youngest to the biggest, they have this type of cuisine in their minds.
If you ever go to Japan or come across a Japanese, ask them about the Washoku. We are sure that you will speak wonders about this tradition that is part of the Asian culture.
Are you interested in trying it? We are! And we hope you also have the same desire.
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