Trying Octopus For The First Time? Takoyaki Might Be Best.
I think that there are probably not many countries where octopus is eaten. In some cases, it may be prohibited by religion. Although many people have never eaten it, Japanese have eaten it since long ago. In Japanese cuisine, it is often used as in ingredient for sashimi, sushi, vinegared octopus and boiled octopus dishes. In addition takoyaki (octopus dumplings) is quite popular. Takoyaki is baked balls of flour dough, boiled octopus and green onion. Takoyaki sauce (based on Worcestershire sauce) is poured over them. Some Japanese eat takoyaki at meals, but there are more people who eat it as a snack. Because octopus is hidden inside the balls, people eating it for the first time may not know that octopus is an ingredient, and be surprised at how delicious it is. Therefore, takoyaki is recommended for those who want to try octopus for the first time. Takoyaki originated in Osaka and spread throughout the Japan. Because takoyaki can be bought anywhere, why not try it when you are in Japan?
Typical Home Cooking Taste in Japan
When I see and hear a lot of information about typical Japanese home cooking, it seems that it focuses on miso soup, curry rice and simmered dishes. It is said that these dishes are different in taste depending on the home. Miso soup taste depends on the combination of ingredients, miso and the soup stock. Curry was originally from India, but (as has been explained before) curry rice has become a national food for Japanese. There are many kinds of curry seasoning, and the taste differs depending on the home. As for simmered dishes, the typical is niku-jaga which is simmered meat, potatoes, onions, water, soy sauce and sugar or sweet sake for seasoning (mirin). The adjustment of water, soy sauce and sugar is different from home to home. Therefore, it is often said that the taste is different depending on the home. For many people, it may be a familiar dish, and brings back fond family memories. We have posted many different recipes for these dishes on our website. If you try cooking them, you may discover your favorite taste.
Thickness of Sliced Beef
Shabu-shabu and sukiyaki are not only representative Japanese one-pot dishes, but also representative of Japanese beef dishes. The beef used in the dishes is sliced in a certain way. It seems to be unusual to find sliced meat sold worldwide. However, it is normally sold in Japanese supermarkets and butchers. Also, the thickness of meat used for shabu-shabu and sukiyaki is slightly different. This shows how methodical Japanese are. Although it seems that there is no strict definition, the thickness for shabu-shabu is usually less than 2.0 mm, while the thickness for sukiyaki is usually between about 1.8 and 2.5 mm. Why is the thickness of the meat different? Shabu-shabu and sukiyaki have different cooking methods. In the case of shabu-shabu, because the sliced meat is dipped into the boiling broth and taken out quickly, the meat must be done at once. Therefore, it must be thin. In the case of sukiyaki, because the meat is sauteed or boiled, it is almost always thicker than the meat used in shabu-shabu. Please check out our shabu-shabu and sukiyaki recipes if you like. If you have the opportunity to eat shabu-shabu or sukiyaki, it might be fun to compare the thickness of the meat. However, there are restaurants that offer the same thickness, so in that case it would be difficult.
Gamagoori Greenhouse Mandarin Oranges
Do you like mandarin oranges? Gamagoori mandarin oranges are a specialty of Gamagoori City in Aichi Prefecture. Gamagoori City is surrounded by sea and mountains and has a mild climate. Both greenhouse and open field mandarin oranges are produced there. Greenhouse mandarin oranges are shipped from April to September, and open field mandarin oranges from October to March. The balance of sweetness and sour taste is good and they are very delicious. Mandarin oranges contain a lot of Vitamin C, which reduces stress.
About Japanese Chopsticks (Hashi)
People in East Asia have a culture of using chopsticks (hashi) when eating. Many Japanese chopsticks are traditionally made of wood. Because the tree culture is rooted in Japan and there are many wooden houses, it is said that chopsticks are often made from the unused surplus of wood. Most chopsticks are painted with lacquer. Some high-end chopsticks sold at department stores and specialty shops are made through many processes by chopsticks craftsmen. Many people use their own favorite pair of chopsticks when eating at home. Chopsticks for children are short, and, as the children grow, their chopsticks are replaced by longer ones. There are long chopsticks for using when cooking (saibashi) and there are chopsticks for serving dishes (toribashi). Disposable chopsticks (waribashi) are usually provided at restaurants or with bento sold at shops or train stations. Why not buy a pair of chopsticks for yourself? Table manners about chopsticks have been posted on our website.
Delicious Recipe Good for Dinner - Miyazaki-Style Deep-Fried Chicken with Sweet & Sour Sauce
Have you ever heard of Miyazaki-style deep-fried chicken with sweet & sour sauce? It is a local dish of Miyazaki Prefecture which uses two kinds of sauce. It is very filling, and the combination of the deep-fried chicken and the sauces is good.
Please try it when you have the time.
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