About Japanese Food
New Year Noodles Soba is eaten on New Year’s Eve to bring good luck in the upcoming year. Because cooked soba breaks off easily, this custom seems to carry the meaning of “cutting off bad luck and omens from this year.” New Year’s Eve, December 31 Since the last day of the month was traditionally […]
“Scattered Topping” Sushi A colorful signature dish to celebrate Hinamatsuri. It’s vinegared sushi rice topped with seasonal ocean and mountain fare. March 3rd… Girl’s Day Also called Momo-no-Sekku (Peach Blossom Festival), Hinamatsuri is an event to pray for and celebrate the growth and happiness of girls. Various areas have their own traditional doll decorations and […]
Made with freshly pounded mochi tossed in red-bean paste.
raw fish or meat sliced Whether red fish, white fish, blue fish, or shellfish, fresh seasonal fish is best served simple sashimi style. The slicing technique does determine the taste! HOTATE (scallop) IKA (cuttlefish / squid) SANMA (saury / mackerel pike) HAMACHI (yellowtail)
Grilled Fish A few people shy away from dried fish or grilled fish because of the required grill cleaning or amount of smoke, but it’s actually an easy main dish to make. Fish like horse mackerel, saury, and chub mackerel make a great accessible source of DHA too.
Kabayaki is a barbecued eel fillet with a sweet soy sauce over rice. In the Kanto region, the eel is split open along the back, while in the Kansai region, it’s split along the belly. The grilling methods are also different between the two regions. Dog Days of Summer Originally, doyo took place four times […]
Bamboo-Shoots Rice A type of seasonal mixed-rice dish, takenoko gohan consists of the essential spring ingredient bamboo, cooked together with seasoning.
Clear Clam Soup Ushio-jiru is a thin soup made from boiling fish or shellfish in seawater. In clam soup, the paired-up shells symbolize a wish to meet somebody special. Ushiojiru with hamaguri (hard clams) is traditionally eaten on Hinamatsuri, the Girls Day festival.