Do you enjoy Japanese food? Do you think about making Japanese dishes at home but not familiar with Japanese ingredients? Today I want to answer some of the questions that you might have regarding Japanese food. I have been contributing my recipes at The Daily Meal this year and recently, I was interviewed by the editor about Japanese cuisine. You can read the full article here or you can continue reading on my post (2 pages today).
For someone who is new to Japanese cuisine, what five dishes would you suggest cooking?
Since this is for someone new to Japanese food, I picked 5 dishes that are popular and fairly easy to cook.
Teriyaki Chicken is one of the most popular Japanese dishes in the US. Ready made “Teriyaki Sauce” is usually available in nearby supermarkets. Interestingly, Teriyaki is actually a cooking technique, not the name of the sauce: teri means “luster” given by the sweet soy sauce marinade and yaki means “grilling”. The Japanese cooks all kinds of meat, seafood, and vegetables with this cooking method. Since the taste is sweet and savory, they are usually a hit with children as well.
Gyoza was derived from Chinese pot stickers but the skin is thinner and usually smaller in size. Nowadays you can buy packages of frozen gyoza from supermarkets, but it’s actually more fun to make your own with family and friends. Also, it can be pretty versatile as you can put your leftover ingredients from the fridge or you can make just veggies only (usually it has pork in it). For snack or appetizer, you can use leftover Gyoza skins to make cheese wraps as well.
California Roll is probably one of the most well-known sushi rolls served in Japanese restaurants around the world. The ingredients are easy to find since you just need crab meat (real or artificial), Japanese mayo, dried seaweed, and sushi rice. Sushi rolls (makimono) are fairly easy to make and it can be a great finger food as an appetizer or party food.
Donburi (rice bowl dish) is an economical, fulfilling, and quick & easy meal. It is my go-to menu when I don’t have much time to prepare full meal for my family. Most common donburi include Gyudon (beef donburi), Oyakodon (chicken & egg donburi), Katsudon (deep-fried cutlet & egg donburi), Unadon (grilled eel donburi), and more.
Lastly, when you serve a bowl of rice in Japan, you must accompany it with Miso Soup. Here in the US, Japanese restaurants serve miso soup at the beginning of meal, but in Japan it’s usually served with the meal. Miso soup in theUS only contains green onion and a few pieces tofu or seaweed, but inJapan there are a variety of miso soup with different kinds of miso and ingredients (pork, clam, seafood).
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