The staple or traditional food of any country or nation has an important role to play in showcasing its culture. There are so many countries in the world, each having different language, life style, eating habits and clothes. From a well developed country to a desert, it is very interesting to know about them all. Japan is one such country to talk about. Everything from their garden to temples to clothes, life style, festivals all reflects their love for their tradition.
Even they are very particular about their traditional food also! The Japanese cuisine offers a wide variety of dishes with regional specialties. Here we will talk about the popular Japanese dishes, their traditional food, table manners etc. The traditional and authentic Japanese food is ‘rice and miso soup’ with other dishes such as fish, pickled vegetables and vegetables cooked in broth. Fish, a very common traditional food, is often grilled or served raw as sashimi or in sushi.
Noodles such as soba, udon, ramen, somen and yakisoba are also their staple food beside rice. They are very popular and served either hot or cold, depending on the season.
Japanese people are very health conscious so they eat seafood a lot as they are very nutritious and have mineral intake in them. Hundreds of different types of fish, selfish, lobsters, clams and other seafood from oceans, seas, rivers and lakes are used in Japanese cuisine. They are eaten in many ways, such raw, dried, boiled, grilled, deep fried or steamed.
Nabe, or hot pot dishes, are prepared in hotpots. Typical ingredients required for it are vegetables such as negi (Japanese leek) and hakusai (Chinese cabbage), mushrooms, seafood or meat. There are many varieties, and they are especially popular in the cold winter months.
For over 2000 years, rice has been the authentic food of Japan. Instead of changes in their eating pattern rice has been the most important ingredient of their daily life. Now the rice is eaten as bowl rice, sushi, donburi, rice balls, fried rice, kayu etc. Japanese people also eat meat dishes, soybean dishes, and yoshoku dishes a lot. They also eat an indigenous type of sweet called wagashi. Green tea is their staple beverage which is formed in various multiple ways giving different tastes such as honey lemon, cardamom etc.
Some authentic Japanese food are as follows: Sesame soba salad, Vegan gyoza, Tuna tartare with yuzu gelee, Oya kodon, Miso Glazed cod, Seaweed salad, Tonjiru, Taco rice, Omurice, Negitoro sushi etc. Japanese cuisine, particularly sushi, has now become popular throughout the world. The characteristics of Japanese food are the use of sparing meat, fats, oils and dairy products. They love to decorate their food with tree leaves and branches. Seasonality is another attribute of their food which is referred as ‘bounty of the mountains’ and ‘bounty of the sea’. The traditional way of having dinner is sitting on tatami floor. There is still a lot more to know about Japanese food and lifestyle so keep finding and reading. It’s interesting!