Recently, I was having a talk with my friends about how important food is in every country.
Food plays a very important role in any culture. One of the most important things it does is that it brings people together. Families sit down to eat together at least once a day, children share their food with classmates at lunch, office workers get together after work to eat and socialise in the evenings. Food is also an essential part of any celebration. Whether it is a birthday, an anniversary, or just friends getting together after a long time, food is essential.
And it is no different in Japan here. Here food brings people together too. In fact many come to visit Japan to taste its authentic cuisine. Even vegetarians. It is not all just about sushi, you know. So here’s a list of Japanese food that you can enjoy with friends and family.
This is the staple cereal of Japan. Short and sticky you will find this as an accompaniment to many styles of food from the fancy sushi and nigiri, to a simple meal of rice with vegetables. Hakumai is the preferred choice for rice as it is polished white rice that is thought to be very tasty. If you want to cook together with friends and family, rice is a simple thing to start with.
After rice, it is definitely noodles that are the most popular. Whether you have the soba noodles that are made from buckwheat flour, or udon noodles made from wheat. These are usually eaten on their own with simple sauces or some vegetables and meat as toppings. The soba noodles can also be eaten cold and because of this are great for serving at large dinners or parties.
This is similar to a barbeque stick or a kebab. Skewered on a bamboo stick, little pieces of vegetables, chicken and chicken liver are prepared over coals instead of an electric or gas oven. This is a wonderful dish for friends to share.
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If you and your friends like to eat meat, this is a dish that you all will enjoy at a restaurant as it involves the eater in the preparation as well. You will be given chopsticks, a pot of boiling water, dipping sauce and very thinly sliced strips of beef. To eat you will have to pick up a beef slice with your chopsticks, swirl it in the boiling water and then dip it in the dipping sauce.
So enjoy these dishes mentioned above and don’t forget to let me know how you liked them.