Japanese cuisine is famous worldwide for its distinctive appearance and taste. Having aesthetically pleasing serving of varied dishes were considered just as important as the food itself. The mood of season can be felt on the dishes served and the food should be able to provide a sense of visual satisfaction. Each of Japanese dish is arranged artfully in individual dishes, plates and bowls for each person. Sometime, all the courses are in one time and consumed in no particular order.
Japan is consisted of 4 main island. The total size, population and the location of the country, all combined to demand much of food come from ocean and the world roving fishing fleets admirably supply that need. It’s estimated that over 70lbs of seafood every year is consumed by the Japanese people. Among the many different ways of preparing fish, the most popular ones are frying, and presenting them raw, as in sushi and sashimi. Possibly sushi, the bite-sized pieces of raw fish meat pressed onto a ball of vinegar flavored rice and shrimp, tempura and vegetable coated with egg batter and deep fried, as the best known to the westerners. The meat dishes were only introduced in Japanese as a Western Cuisine.’
Many years ago, before the influence of the westerners, each community in Japan has their own traditions. Similar to the traditions in other countries and continents, Japan is popularly known for their traditional food and culture. Restaurant owners, chefs or any food lovers is familiar with the Japanese cuisine. Some of the well-known Japanese cuisine locally and outside the country include sashimi, sushi, buckwheat noodles and tempura. These foods are based mainly on the combination of staple food, usually with steam rice, and a number of main and side dishes. Traditional Japanese cuisine also come with clear miso soup and pickles. Another very unique characteristic of Japanese cuisine is the fact that some of their ingredients are used only by season, making it totally dependent on nature.
When it comes to the serving of dishes, the Japanese food is served in a way that greatly opposes with other countries where pots, large saucepans, and plates were place at the middle of dining table. On the other hand, the Japanese cuisines ere served in a very unique style. The rice is solely serve in one small bowl per person and the side dishes were served in separate bowls or plates.
Well of course, everyone uses his or her own plates or bowls. According to their tradition, different dished aren’t support to be mixed or in contact with each other and that is the reason why every dish in Japan is served in its own bowl or plate. Alternatively, dishes can be served in partition through the use of leave. One of example of this is in the tamagoyaki preparation, where the fish and eggs are carefully separated. During the olden days, every meal was brought in the serving trays and it’s very common to see faldstool tray being used.
The traditional Japanese is characterized by use of rare meat, fats and oils, and dairy products. Using of soy sauce lead to high content of mineral salts in a lot of their traditional cuisines. The less meat consumption comes from the fact that the citizens are always taking great advantage of the abundance of seafood supply because the country is an island. The Japanese diet is mainly consisted of grains, seaweeds and vegetables. On the other hand, read meat is rare in the Japanese meals. When preparing Japanese meals, the fat and oil is used in a very small amount and the foods were usually flavored through the use of additive such as mirin and sake, soy sauce, sugar, salt and vinegar.
Herbs and spices were also very popular additive in Japanese meals and are most used in order to clean or hide the sour taste of the raw fish. The salads were also served as a common side dish. The Japanese cuisines have incorporated many different food preparation methods, which include, simmering, grilling, deep frying, or steaming. There are many other ingredients that were eaten raw. One important thing to keep in mind is that the Japanese has attached a lot of importance to their cooking methods, with each of dish having its own special way of preparation.
If you haven’t yet tasted any of Japanese cuisines, you should consider visiting the nearest Japanese restaurant to you. When you decide to do this, you will surely have a very unforgettable experience. If you plan on going on a vacation, consider going to Japan and you will competently love it.
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