Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun”, one of the world’s greatest places due to its advancements as well as of their rich history in culinary arts. Have you ever seen Japanese movies wherein they have such a strong affinity towards their food? Well, try watching a couple of medieval movies that dates back to those shogun rulers and even those up-to-date movies. Tea’s, coffee’s, and most especially FOOD! Yes! The Japanese cuisine offers a wide variety of dishes as well as some of the most outstanding recipes that you could ever think of. Due to the many political and social changes the Japanese cuisine has reached high places in the field of culinary arts. This type of cuisine is well-known for its seasonality of foods as well as for its quality ingredients and presentation
Japanese cookbooks are also available in your local bookshops to which majority of those have been translated to the English language for better understanding of its readers. You might notice that “Japanese Cuisine” favors the combination of staple foods which are basically rice, noodles, soup and a side dish which they refer to as “okazu” (dishes made from fish, meat, vegetable, and tofu) to add flavor to the staple food. These are all paired up with different seasonings such as soy sauce, a class of soups and cooking stocks which they refer to as “dashi”, additional seasonings such as “miso”, and the more common soy sauce. All of these seasonings are commonly low in fat and high in salt. Furthermore, noodles are one of the main focus in the Japanese cuisine to which there is a very huge variety to choose from.
There is more to what has been said. The Japanese cuisine highly values the presentation of food and even the arrangement of their utensils, the table, the chair, and a lot more. A good example of a traditional Japanese table setting is to place a bowl of rice on your left and to place a bowl of miso soup on your right side at the table and NOT the other way around! Moreover, “okazu” is served in an individual plate and there are usually three of these. The Japanese also think highly of “dining etiquette” greetings such as itadakimasu (I humbly receive) usually said before eating the food and gochisōsama deshita (It was a feast) after eating as to grace the restaurant staff for their efforts.
Some of the well-known Japanese dishes are Tamago kake gohan, miso-shiru, not to mention their sushi, sashimi, and many more. Knowing how to cook Japanese food as well as mastering everything about their cuisine will truly give your family, friends, relatives, loved ones and others one of the best dining experiences that they could have! Furthermore, with proper presentation and arrangement you may even give them the vibe of being in Japan itself!
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