Rice Cakes (Mochi) as a Sweet
I previously introduced rice cake dishes which are commonly eaten in Japan. In fact, rice cakes are also often eaten as sweets. The most typical rice cake sweet is mochi combined with anko (mashed sweetened red bean paste). These include daifuku-mochi, oshiruko (zenzai) and ankoro-mochi. Daifuku-mochi is a rounded rice cake filled with anko. Oshiruko (zenzai) is anko soup with rice cakes. Ankoro-mochi are rice cakes wrapped with anko or with anko poured over them. Round rice cakes with ice cream inside are also very popular. Mochi is also delicious served with chocolate syrup, peanut butter, or jam. Rice cakes can be preserved a long time, and are easy to prepare because they can be heated up in a few seconds in a microwave oven. If you find mochi in the market, please try one of these combinations.
Recipe Good for Eyes - Soy Milk Soup with Oysters & Vegetables
Oysters, said to be the "milk of the sea," are rich in nutrition. They contain a lot of zinc and are the most efficient way to obtain it. Zinc is good for the eyes and prevents age-related macular degeneration.
This soup also contains spinach, which has a lot of lutein, which is good for eye strain, dry eyes, nearsightedness and presbyopia.
Soy Milk Soup with Oysters & Vegetables Recipe URL: http://j-simplerecipes.com/recipes_metric/fish/soy-milk-soup-with-oysters-and-vegetables.html
Nanakusagayu (Rice Gruel With Seven Japanese Herbs)
Shogatsu (from the 1st to the 3rd of January) is a Japanese event to celebrate the New Year. Because the food served during that time is very rich and gorgeous, on January 7th, some Japanese eat for breakfast a simple rice gruel in order to rest their stomachs from New Year's heavy celebratory food. It is said that if you eat the gruel, you can live one year without disease. It seems that this custom originated in China in the Nara period (710-794). Our predecessors changed the format, and it spread throughout the common people in the Edo period (1603-1868). The ingredients are different for each region. The rice gruel dish Nanakusagayu contains these seven Japanese herbs (nanakusa) - seri, nazuna, gogyo, hakobera, hotokenoza, suzuna, suzushiro. Actually, these herbs contain vitamins and dietary fiber, and are effective in promoting appetite, improving digestion and preventing colds. It is a wonderful thing that there still remains a custom that has been transmitted from such a long time ago.
Japanese Christmas Cuisine?
Until relatively recently, there was no custom of celebrating Christmas in Japan because there are not many Christian people in the country. Therefore, we do not have a habit of eating turkey and rarely see it in stores in Japan. However, recently at Christmas time, the cities are decorated with illuminations, and the custom of celebrating as a Christmas event has completely taken root. There is no custom of eating turkey at home, but celebrating with roast chicken or beef and a Japanese version of strawberry cake is standard. Apparently, a world famous fried chicken store pushed a campaign in Japan for Japanese to eat chicken at Christmas. Also, with the influence of one famous Japanese cake shop, eating strawberry cake at Christmas became a custom. At any rate, Christmas in Japan has been established as a big event.
Recipe Good for Rejuvenation - Tofu & Avocado Soup
Do you like avocado?
According to the Guinness Book of Records, avocado is the highest nutritive value fruit in the world. It is also called a supplement to eat because it contains a lot of vitamin B, E, potassium, coenzyme Q10, etc, which are very effective for rejuvenation. In Japanese, avocado is known as "mori no bata" (butter of the woods). Although the fat content is 20 percent overall, it is good fat for the body because it helps to burn fat inside the body.
Tofu & Avocado Soup Recipe URL: http://j-simplerecipes.com/recipes_metric/bean/tofu-and-avocado-soup.html
The Best Season - The Most Common Apple Produced in The World is Fuji!
I thought that apples eaten in Japan would be similar to apples eaten in other countries, but I tried to find out if there were differences. Apples that are currently eaten in Japan seem to have originated in Europe and then entered Japan through the United States. Currently, Aomori Prefecture (the northernmost of the main island) produces 60% of the volume of apples in Japan. Among them, the variety named Fuji is the most popular. The Fuji apple is named after both Fujisaki Town in Aomori Prefecture and Mt. Fuji. A Fuji apple is about 300 to 400 g in size. The skin is thin and the apple is sweet and crispy. A usual characteristic is that the core contains honey. Although I knew the Fuji apple was exported from Japan, I had no idea it was also the most widely produced worldwide. Because it accounts for about 50% of world production, there may be many people eating a Fuji apple without knowing it. I do not know if the taste is somewhat different depending on the country where it is produced, but maybe the next time you eat an apple you should think about whether or not it’s a Fuji.