The Land of the Rising Sun, Japan, is known world-wide for its exceptional cuisine. Being an island nation, most of Japan’s main foods include varieties of Fish (sakana). Sashimi, which means sliced food, is prepared using any kind of meat but generally, fish and other sea-foods are eaten in this form. The tradition of eating sliced raw fish is believed to have come from China and has since become a regular item on a Japanese dining table.
The other most important part of Japanese diet is rice (kome). Assortments of dishes such as Sushi, Onigiri (rice balls), Mochi (rice cake), Okayu (rice porridge), are made with rice. Sake, Japanese alcohol, is made out of fermented rice.
Sushi is prepared by seasoning cooked rice with vinegar, and adding cut vegetables and fish. A variation of this dish is Makizushi wherein Sushi rolls are prepared and wrapped in Nori (seaweed).
Onigiri is a very popular meal with kids and is made by pressing cooked rice to make shapes wrapped with Nori. Common Onigiri shapes are triangles and spheres.
Misoshiru, or Miso-soup, is yet another famous delicacy of Japan. The base ingredients of this soup are Dashi (fish stock) and Miso paste. Into this are added pieces of potato, onion, meat, tofu or shrimp, making countless varieties of Misoshiru available. Miso soup is generally with breakfast.
Japan hosts a delectable array of noodles as well. Udon noodles, made out of wheat-flour, are served in a broth with fried tofu and eggs as toppings. Noodles are also flavoured with Wasabi and soy sauce. Ramen, traditionally part of Chinese food, is thin noodles topped with vegetables and pieces of meat.
In essence, Japanese food is non-vegetarian. But we do find vegetarian options in Japan. Tsukemono refers to pickled vegetables and is often had with rice. Quite a few Japanese desserts and sweets also fall in the vegetarian category. The Temple-food, Shoujin Ryouri, is derived from the dietary practices of Buddhist monks, and is hence vegetarian.
Japan, thus, is home to varied and unique delicacies which has earned the country’s cuisine, a UNESCO World Heritage Status. This oriental nation continues to mesmerise foreigners with its simple yet nutritious and appetizing food.
This Sunday (the 23rd of July), join two Japanese Cuisine experts, Hirokosan and Sayakasan, as they cook up some interesting vegetarian Japanese recipes! The dishes include the vegetarian variants of Sushi, Kinako Mochi and Japanese Croquettes; enabling participants to taste the unique flavours of Japan.
The registrations for this event start Tomorrow and are limited to 15 people only. Interested members, hurry up!
JCA, Organizing Committee