Japanese Style Mushroom and Tuna Pasta is Very Popular in Japan

Japanese style pasta dishes are not only popular in Japan but also in other parts of the world. However, many people do not have any idea about what the Japanese pasta is. It is not Udon, no Soba, not Ramen, but simple Italian pasta prepared with Japanese ingredients and flavours. Italian food is quite popular in Japan and some people even think that Japan has the best Italian food outside of Italy.

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When Italian food got introduced in Japan during the post war era, Italian style pasta was the main dish to be served. During the 70s, Japanese people started experimenting by adding home grown ingredients and flavours. These days, Japanese style pasta also called as Wafuu Pasta has grown in popularity around the country. In Japan, several people like to eat this pasta at their homes or restaurants.

Mushroom and Tuna Pasta is one of the widely consumed Japanese style pastas that you can order at the restaurants or prepare in your own kitchen. Here is the recipe of this pasta dish.

Ingredients

  • Spaghetti, 2 to 3 servings
  • Rinsed and the bottom discarded Bunashimeji (brown beech mushroom), 1
  • Rinsed and sliced shiitake mushrooms, 2
  • Rinsed and sliced mushrooms, 4
  • Rinsed and bottom discarded Enoki, 1 package
  • Olive oil, 1 tbsp
  • Sake, 2 tbsp
  • Tuna, drained in oil or water, 1 can
  • Konbucha, 1 tsp
  • Mentsuyu, Japanese noodle soup base for soba and udon noodles, 4 tbsp
  • Butter, 1 tbsp
  • Leaves of shiso, 3
  • Kizami Nori

How to Prepare Mushroom and Tuna Pasta?

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At first, you need to take a large pot and add water into it. Bring water to a boil and cook spaghetti as per the instructions given on the package. Cook for 1 minute less, as you will again have to cook spaghetti later. Now, take a large skillet and heat oil on medium high heat and also cook mushrooms. Once the mushrooms are cooked, mix in sake and allow it to evaporate while stirring it with wooden spoon. Now, you should add tuna from the can and mix. After that, add Mentsuyu, Konbucha, and butter and mix them all together. Now, one ladle of cooking water of pasta should be scooped and added as per the needs. Then, shake the pan well and mix in the drained pasta in the pan.

It is time to serve the pasta with shiso leaves and Kizami Nori.

So, if you are travelling to Japan, do not forget to taste the Japanese pasta delicacies.

Japanese Cuisine: Delicious & Versatile

Japanese cuisine is extremely varied and consists of a variety of food items. So, if you think that Japanese food is only about Sushi and bowls of cooked rice, you should definitely reconsider. Japanese cuisine is extremely versatile and if you are a foodie, you will surely love the wonderful array of food items that Japan has to offer.

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Food served in Japan is inherently Japanese but world cuisine is also making its presence felt in the cities. However, the people of Japan are still extremely fond of and attached to Japanese cuisine and are also proud of it. Japanese cuisine is spreading across the world and people are accepting it with open arms.

If you want to try out Japanese cuisine and are keen on savouring some of the delicacies, then here are some Japanese food names that are extremely famous for their deliciousness.

As rice is the main staple in Japan, here are a few rice dishes you must sample:

Hayashi Rice: This is cooked rice topped with thick and tasty beef stew.

Onigiri: These are rice balls that are wrapped with seaweed and have a little stuffing in the middle.

Omurice: This is basically an omelette stuffed with fried rice, a delicacy.

Gyudon: This is a type of donburi. It is basically steamed rice with a topping of seasoned beef.

Katsudon: This is also a type of donburi. It comprises steamed rice with a topping of bread-crumbed pork cutlets.

There are various other kinds of rice dishes available; here are the Japanese food names of deep fried dishes:

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Tempura: This is a dish that is loved by all. It consists of prawns and vegetables, dipped in a batter and deep-fried.

Karaage: This dish comprises bite-size portions of fish, chicken, octopus, or different kinds of meat, which are floured and deep-fried.

Tonkatsu: Deep-fried pork cutlets that are breaded

Noodle dishes are also famous in Japan; here are the names of a few:

Udon: This is basically wheat noodles that are white and thick and served with various types of toppings like curry soup (Japanese style), etc.

Ramen: This type of noodle is light yellow and thin and is served in a hot broth of pork or chicken. This is extremely popular in Japan.

Soba: This is basically buckwheat noodles and is brown in colour. Soba is either served hot or cold.

Japanese food is extremely tasty and if you visit Japan or want to taste different sort of cuisine, then you must try out these dishes.

Savour Japanese Cuisine to find Out its Specialty

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One of the aspects that are most fascinating about Japan is its food. Japanese food is varied in flavour and preparation. Japanese cuisine is nothing like any of the occidental cuisines. Japanese food consists of oriental flavours, a lot of seafood and an array of different spices and herbs exclusive to Asia.

After taking a look at the entries at the Asian Food Fest, you can easily make out that Japanese food is truly one of a kind and purely Asian in form, texture and taste. Japanese cuisine consists of a variety of staples from different kinds of rice preps to a wide range of noodle. Rice and noodles is used in a various number of dishes that are incredibly delicious.

Some of the dishes that consist of rice, noodles, and different sorts of protein are:

• Gyudon

• Nabeyaki Udon

• Yakisoba

• Tonkotsu Ramen

• Matcha soba noodle salad

• Unadon

• Soboro Donburi

• Open Sushi

• Onigiri

• Omurice

• Hosomaki

• Katsudon

• Onsen Tamago Tofu

• Chicken Katsu

• Tempura (Vegetable, seafood, etc.)

• Tebasaki

• Chicken Karaage

• Daikon no Soboroni

• Buta Kakuni

• Supearibu no Nikomi

• Miso Soup

• Bacon Enoki Rolls with Teriyaki Sauce, etc.

These are some of the dishes that you must try out if you visit Japan. Various Japanese food items are available easily at restaurants and street side stalls. Japanese food can also be savoured in other countries but if you want the authentic taste, you will only get it if you eat Japanese food in Japan or made by chefs who have received training from Japan. The dishes that were presented in the Asian Food Fest are reflections of how important food is in Japanese society. You can also read up about Japanese cuisine if you are interested in knowing more about it.

The Hokkaido Course to Enjoy in Japanese Restaurants

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Japanese dishes are known worldwide for the great taste and sumptuousness. People around the world devour different kinds of Japanese dishes. The world know Japanese people as great foodies but you will be surprised to look at their fitness levels, in spite of the fact that they have a big appetite.

A lot of culinary Japanese dishes are popular among the people from every nook and cranny in the world. Though culinary dishes taste the best, foods at the restaurants are no less extravagant. There are several restaurants around the Japan and other parts of the world where you could taste the exclusive Japanese delicacies.

These restaurants keep changing their menu in order to introduce new dishes. The chefs in these restaurants use fresh quality ingredients and produces incomparable dishes with their skilful technique and creative flair.

Hokkaido Course in Japanese Restaurants

One of the most delicious Japanese dish courses being made available to you at the Japanese restaurants is Hokkaido Course that includes appetisers, sashimi, Hokkaido Ginkarei Shioyaki, Char-grill Ohmi, Hata Tempura and signature prawn, Miso soup and Bara Chirashi Sushi bowl.

The seasonal appetiser with this meal course consists of handmade noodles with foie gras, pumpkin tofu and vegetables with sesame sauce. The wild prawns used in the signature prawn and hata tempura give it a lovely sweetness. With crispy texture and savoury nature, the airy and tight tempura is a complete pleasure to devour at the Japanese restaurants.

• The Halibut is a type of fish with versatile qualities and different flavours. Hokkaido Ginkarei Shioyaki is quite tender and goes well the teriyaki sauce.

• The Char-Grill Ohmi is exceptionally tender and succulent and being served in cubes. The supple and tender fat cubes are slight crunchy and melts down in your mouth. It may look small in size but only a few cubes are enough to satisfy your beef craving.

• The thick slices of salmon on Bara Chirashi Sushi bowl will make you fall in love with it.

• The sushi lovers can go for Otoro set where you are served 6 pieces of sushi (2 pcs otoro aburi, 2 pcs otoro and 2 pcs Tai). All the fish pieces are fresh and cover the rice generously.

• The Tai Nyumen Mushi is mainly a wild snapper fish. It is cooked in bonito broth with fish noodles. MSG is not required and noodles are crunchy.

• You can also take a bowl of green tea.

So, if you are visiting any Japanese restaurant in your neighbourhood, you will have plenty of dishes on your plate.

The Food and View at Izu Peninsula in Simple Breathtaking

Japan is a very interesting place to visit if you like travelling the world. Japan is a mixture of the old and the new. On one hand you can see how technologically advanced it is and on the other hand, you will still find it deeply rooted in tradition, customs and history. The Japanese are a proud race and they take pride in their country. Therefore, when you visit Japan, make sure you soak in the true essence of the country.

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If you are wondering, where to go in Japan, where you can take some time off, eat Japanese food and behold the beauties of the country, then you must take a trip to the Izu peninsula. The Izu peninsula is just an hour away from Tokyo, so if you are staying in the capital city, a trip to this place will be quick.

You can go to Ajiro and stay at a ryokan there but on your way to Ajiro, try and stop at Atami. This town is by the sea and it is very popular, especially with tourists. You can take a walk around town and behold Japanese buildings that have aged with time. The walking paths in the city are gorgeous and therefore you will have a fun time taking a stroll. The town is extremely charming.

starterIf you visit Atami, and love Japanese food, then you absolutely must visit a few restaurants that sell exquisite food items. A restaurant called Kamatsuru sells excellent dried fish that you must taste. It is around 150 years old and now the fifth generation runs it. Apart from the dried fish, you must try out the bottled anchovy in this place. Near Kamatsuru there is this wonderful sushi restaurant and another tempura restaurant. If you are in the Izu peninsula, you must try the red snapper.

Another restaurant called Unamasa is a specialist restaurant that has only eight seats and the delicacy they specialise in is baked eel. As the restaurant uses eels that are domestic, the produce is highly restricted. Therefore, if you want a taste of the lovely delicacy, go there during lunchtime.

The third restaurant that must make it to every foodie’s list is Tokiwagi, there specialty is sweet bean jelly. This jelly is a sweet native to Japan and is called Yokan. It is prepared with simple ingredients such as sugar, azuki beans and water, and the taste is delicate and subtle. They have various types of traditional sweets along with sweets with a modern twist.

tsukinoakari1The ryokan in Ajiro is beautiful and complements the picturesque view of the town. The rooms have open-air baths that are splendid indeed and view of the ocean from the rooms is simply breathtaking. You can eat dinner that is served Kaiseki style and there are around eight to ten dishes as each dish is rather small. Every single dish is scrumptious and will have you asking for more. So if you don’t want to visit the Izu peninsula for the view, do visit it for the amazing food that is served.

Delicious Foods Compel You to Fall in Love with Japan

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Japanese cuisines were once known worldwide in the form of “sukiyaki” or the more exotic “sushi,” but have become much more popular all across the world, in recent years. Visitors to Japan enjoy a wide variety of foods and appreciate the flavour of raw fish or batter-fried shrimp. However, only a few first-time visitors to the country are familiar with the variety and sumptuousness of traditional Japanese food. Dining in Japan is an over-the-top experience to be savoured for rest of the life.

A wide range of delicious foods compel the visitors to fall in love with Japan. As there are four different seasons in the country, Japan has lots of variations of foods. The winter season is round the corner and first-time visitors need to know about winter-special Japanese dishes. Winter dishes are delicious, mouth-watering and can keep your body warm in the middle of snowy season.

The Chestnut Rice – A Delicious Meal in the Winter

The chestnut rice is a delicious Japanese treat which you can enjoy if you are there in the country during autumn. One can accompany the home-grown and highly nutritious chestnut with Pacific saury, another autumn delicacy.

To prepare the yummy delight for two servings, you will need 360cc of sticky rice, 12 pieces of chestnut, 1 tablespoon each of sake and mirin, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 small cut of kelp.

Once the ingredients are well on the place, wash the sticky rice and leave it for around 30 minutes to dry. Meanwhile, add the chestnut along with boiling water in a pan. Continue the boiling for a few more minutes. Take away the pan from heat and let the chestnut cool down in the cold water. Now, peel off the outer skin from bottom to the top. Peel off another layer of chestnuts as well and put them in water quickly.

Now, put the dried rice in the cooker and add cut kelp, sake, mirin and salt. In the cooker, mix 330 ml of water and add the chestnuts. Switch on the cooker. Then, top the cooked rice with grated black sesame seeds and salt. In the meantime, grill the Pacific saury.

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Enjoy the heavenly dinner with your loved ones. There are many other winter-special Japanese foods that you can enjoy during your stay in Japan. Visit blog from Japan to know more about seasonal Japanese delicacies.

How to Prepare Delicious Japanese Food, Chestnut Rice with Pacific Saury?

Japanese people are sometimes called “90-day people” because of the importance of four distinct seasons into their life. Each of these four seasons is three months long. With a change in the season, climate of the country, fashion trends and even the food culture change.

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Autumn is almost there in Japan and leaves have started turning to the beautiful shades of orange, red and yellow. Lots of holiday events are taking place and stews and other hot dishes are being served to keep you warm, as the temperature go down.

Autumn is the ideal season to celebrate the glories of Japan and oftentimes referred to as the “season of healthy appetites.” As this is the season of harvest, plenty of healthy and home-grown vegetable dishes can be found in the restaurants across the country. So, if you are planning a holidays in Japan around the winter season, enjoy the delicious Japanese food in autumn and do not miss to view the flowers change their colours.

Chestnut

Chestnut

Various autumn delicacies have already started being found in the shops. If you are looking for the delicacies prepared with home-grown ingredients, you can go for chestnut rice with home-grown chestnuts as primary ingredient. You can accompany the delicious chestnut rice with another yummy autumn delicacy, Pacific Saury.

Now, take a look at the recipe for preparing chestnut rice, at first,

Ingredients

  • 360cc of sticky rice
  • 12 chestnuts
  • 1 tablespoon of sake
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 table spoon of mirin
  • 1 small cut of kelp

Preparation Method

  • Firstly, wash the rice and allow it to dry for around 30 minutes. Use sticky rice, not the normal white rice.
  • Meanwhile, take a pan and boil the water into it. Add the chestnuts and bring them to boil again. Continue the boiling process for a few minutes.
  • Now, take away the pan from heat and place the chestnuts into cold water.
  • When the chestnuts are cool enough to handle with ease, use a knife to peel off their outer skin from the bottom to top.
  • You will find another layer of skin underneath the chestnuts, peel this as well.
  • As they easily get discoloured, place them in water soon after peeling off their skin.
  • You can use a rice cooker and put dried rice in the cooker and add cut kelp, sake, salt and mirin.
  • Add 330 ml water and place the chestnuts into the cooker. Switch on the rice cooker.
  • It will take a few minutes for chestnut rice to cook properly. When it is done, add mixed grated black sesame seeds and salt on top of rice.
  • While the rice is cooking, utilise the time in grilling the Pacific saury.
  • Enjoy the chestnut rice with grilled Pacific saury.
Chestnut-Rice

Chestnut-Rice

So, do not forget to munch on this delicious dish while staying in Japan. You can also try other seasonal dishes made of home-grown ingredients.