Category archive: Friday food treat

Friday food treat: Shabu shabu

Source: https://hubjapan.io/articles/top-10-tokyo-shabu-shabu-shops-that-make-you-want-more

Source: https://hubjapan.io/articles/top-10-tokyo-shabu-shabu-shops-that-make-you-want-more

Shabu shabu is Japanese hotpot. “Shabu shabu” or “swish swish” is the sound you hear as the meat in this dish is cooked in a boiling pot of broth. 

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Friday food treat: Onigiri

Onigiri

Onigiri is a rice snack available in convenience and other food stores in Japan. It goes by other names as well – o-musubi, nigirimeshi and rice ball. It is a simple but surprisingly tasty thing to eat.

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Friday food treat: Bento boxes

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Photo credit: https://www.istockphoto.com/photos/bento-box

Bento boxes are meals packed in boxes, that have s number of different parts. It is reflective of Japanese meals – they often have a number of dishes on offer at a meal. The bento box is like a Japanese lunchbox with different compartments to hold the different dishes.

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Friday food treat: Hokkaido style Cheese tart

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Source: dreamersloft.blogspot.sg

There is a little food store that has “popped up” on one of the main streets in Hirafu. They specialise in local dairy products. One of these is the very tasty cheese tart, or cheesu tarturo as my Japanese friends call it.

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Friday food treat: Tamago kake gohan

Photo credit: chia.a.kiing via instagram

Photo credit: chia.a.kiing via instagram

Here is a popular rice dish that is simple to prepare. It is frequently eaten for breakfast but really is an option at any time of day.

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Friday food treat: Sochu

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%C5%8Dch%C5%AB

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%C5%8Dch%C5%AB

Sochu is a distilled beverage with less than 45% alcohol by volume. It is made from rice and a group of vegetables.

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Friday food treat: Chicken teriyaki

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Photo credit: www.justonecookbook.com

Chicken Teriyaki is a popular dish in our house. The term ‘terikyaki’ refers to a cooking technique used in Japanese cuisine, not the name of a sauce as many believe. This method involves broiling or grilling foods with a glaze of soy sauce, mirin and sugar. It is not a difficult dish to make, and an easy one to tempt most palates. 

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Friday food treat: Kabocha salad

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Photo credit – author’s own

One of the delicious dishes made by the Japanese is Kabocha salad. This is similar to the Japanese potato salad, made with kabocha or pumpkin instead.

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Friday food treat: Nikujaga

Source: https://norecipes.com/nikujaga-recipe

Source: https://norecipes.com/nikujaga-recipe

Returning to Japan means returning to new tastes and recently acquired ones. This week, I made nikujaga – beef and potato stew.

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Friday food treat: Tempura

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Tempura is a Japanese dish of battered and deep fried seafood and/or vegetables. The word tempura refers to the technique of battering and frying. However, originally the Japanese fried food without batter. Portuguese influences changed that.

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