Tag archive: Japanese food

Friday food treat: Kabocha salad

Photo credit - author's own

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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Japan – a country of contrasts

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Japan is a beautiful country. The food, the manners, the dress and the traditions are all about politeness, the aesthetic, elegance and honouring hierarchy.  Yet at the same time there is a brash, zany other side to the place as well.

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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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Friday food treat: Soba noodles

 

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There are many kinds of noodles available in Japan. One such variety is soba noodles. These are made of buckwheat flour and resemble spaghetti in terms of thickness. Soba noodles are used in various hot and cold dishes. 

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Friday food treat: Dashi

Source: www.humblebeanblog.com

Source: www.humblebeanblog.com

Dashi is a stock base which is a staple ingredient to many Japanese dishes. This includes soups, vegetable dishes, casserole and stew-like dishes. It is really very simple to make as long as you have the basic ingredients.

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Friday food post: Takoyaki

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Takoyaki is is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter, cooked in a special moulded pan. It is a little like gem-irons – small cylindrical repositories. The contents are delicious.

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Friday food treat: Shichi-mi togarashi

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Shichi-mi togarashi is also known as Japanese seven spice powder. As the name suggests it contains seven ingredients that blend to make a spicy flavour in salad dressings or other meat dishes. If you think this is a Japanese version of Chinese 5 spice powder – think again, and read on.

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Friday food treat: Yakiniku – Japanese BBQ

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Yakiniku is a Japanese barbeque – a meat feast. We were served trays meat, a plate of vegetables, a bowl of rice and condiments that included soy sauce, garlic, chilli and pepper. Then the fun began!

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Friday food treat: Bonito flakes

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Bonito flakes are used often used as a garnish in Japanese salads and flavouring in many dishes. When added to a hot dish, the flakes “wave” or “dance” on the surface of the food, which catches the eye of diners! They are in fact a fish product.

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