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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Facts About Sushi and Japanese Food #JapaneseRecipesWorldwide

Facts About Sushi and Japanese Food #JapaneseRecipesWorldwide

Japanese cultures have evolved greatly over time with influences from all over the world. The culture is not only about dedicated cultural members practicing traditions, but it brings some amazing food to the table. What does this mean? It means that you can experience the lifestyle of Japan without even having to be in Japan. Below are some fun facts about sushi and Japanese food to teach you some more whilst on your journey of exploration.

Like a samurai, the blade of a professional sushi chef's knives must be re-sharpened every day. This is especially important when working with sashimi - raw, thinly sliced fish.
Traditionally, a sushi chef or itamae trains for 10 years before serving this Japanese food in a restaurant.

When exploring the menu of exotic Japanese food, remember that you eat miso soup at the beginning of a meal, not the end, as it's good for digestion.

Why does sushi always look so delicious? Sushi masters believe that you don't just eat with your mouth, but also with your eyes. Even sashimi is served fanned out in a mouth-watering display.
Making sushi rice is considered an art by sushi chefs. This Japanese food is cooked perfectly when it is slightly sticky to the touch.

The first International Sushi Day was 18 June 2009, a celebration of this world-wide phenomenon of Japanese food. Get your chopsticks ready!

Sashimi is always the best cut of meat, and should preferably be eaten without wasabi, and using your chopsticks. Sashimi is not always fish; it can also be raw beef or lightly cooked octopus.
The Japanese often eat sashimi as the first course and then move onto sushi.

Japanese food is not limited to sushi and sashimi; other tasty options on a traditional Japanese food menu include teppanyaki, tempura and chicken teriyaki.

Sushi lovers looking for something new? A rare delicacy indeed is sashimi made from the deadly puffer fish, called fugu sashi.

Almost 80% of all the bluefin tuna caught in the world is used for sushi and sashimi.
As sashimi needs to be as rich as possible, some sushi chefs even keep the fish alive in water before it is served.

In Japanese food terminology, the word "sushi' actually refers to vinegar rice, and not fish, while the word "sashimi" means pierced flesh.

Maki rolls are a work of art. Forget the standard 'Californian roll' found at any cheap sushi outlet in the West. The ingredients for maki-zushi -- sushi rolls -- are chosen by masters so that taste, texture, and even colors complement each other. Rolls are served already sliced into disks so that customers can see the artistic work inside.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

10 Little-Known Rules for Eating Japanese Food #JapaneseRecipesWorldwide

10 Little-Known Rules for Eating Japanese Food

Japanese food, called washoku in Japan, has just been registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, but you didn't need an official declaration to know that sushi and tempura are absolutely delicious. But while enjoying Japanese food, have you ever mixed wasabi and soy sauce as a dip for your sushi? Or how about using your bowl as a chopstick rest? If so, you've committed an etiquette faux pas.

Take a look at our list of 10 little-known rules for eating Japanese food and save yourself some embarrassment while enjoying a traditional Japanese meal.

1) Never use your hand to catch falling food
Cupping your left hand under your food to catch any falling morsels or drippings is actually bad manners. Using tezara, literally "hand plate," may seem polite, eliminating any errant spills or stains on the table top or your clothing, but this common eating habit should be avoided when sitting down to a Japanese meal.

2) Avoid using your teeth to bite food in half
In general, you should always try to eat things in one bite and avoid using your teeth to tear food into smaller pieces. Since it's impolite to place half-eaten food back on a plate, cover your mouth with your hand when chewing big pieces of food.

3) Never mix wasabi into your soy sauce
This improper eating method is seen in many restaurants all over the world, but should be avoided. Instead, place a small amount of wasabi directly on the piece of sashimi and then dip the fish into the soy sauce.

4) Don't invert the lid of your bowl
Inverting the lid of your bowl is mistaken as a cue for being finished eating, however, the proper cue is to replace the lid on top of the bowl, just as it looked when brought to the table. This is because you could damage the lid by turning it upside down.

5) Don't place clam shells in the bowl's lid or on a separate plate
When served clams or other shellfish, many people tend to put the empty shell in the lid of a bowl or on a separate plate once they've finished the meat. This is actually impolite and should be avoided; diners should instead leave the shell inside the bowl it was served in.

6) Don't hold your chopsticks before picking up your bowl
When eating a Japanese meal, you should first pick up the bowl or vessel you will eat from and then pick up your chopsticks. When changing bowls, first put down your chopsticks, then change bowls. Only after you have picked up the second bowl should you pick up your chopsticks again.

7) Don't hover or touch food without taking it, and always pause to eat your rice
Not sure which food to eat first? Hovering your chopsticks back and forth over the side dishes before finally choosing is a breach of etiquette. It's such bad manners that the practice has an official name, mayoibashi, literally €hesitating chopsticks.€ Touching a food with your own chopsticks and then pulling them away without taking anything is called sorabashi, or €empty chopsticks,€ and should also be avoided. You better pause to eat some rice between those side dishes, if you don't you are committing utsuribashi, literally €transition chopsticks.

8) Never rest your chopsticks across the top of your bowl
You've probably seen this done so many times it seems like the correct thing to do, but using your bowl as a chopstick rest is a breach of etiquette. If you want to put down your chopsticks, you should do so on a chopstick rest, or hashioki (®®). If none are available, use the wrapper the chopsticks came in to make your own. If a wrapper isn't available, you should rest your chopsticks on the side of a tray or other similar item on the table.

9) Don't use the opposite end of your chopsticks to take food from a communal plate
Since the backsides of the chopsticks are where your hands rest, it's actually not a very clean area and shouldn't be used to pick up food. Asking the waitstaff for an extra pair of chopsticks or politely saying, jika bashi de shitsurei shimasu (excuse me for using my own chopsticks), and taking food using your chopsticks is actually the proper thing to do.

10) Never raise your food above your mouth
Many people raise their food to about eye level while saying, itadakimasu before eating. However, proper etiquette states that you should never raise your food above your mouth, the highest level your chopsticks ever reach.

Many people already know this, but you should never raise chopsticks to your mouth that are dripping with soup or liquid and never stab food with your chopsticks. You should also never leave your chopsticks standing straight out of your rice or pass food between chopsticks as these are reminiscent of funeral customs and seen as a bad omen if performed anywhere else.

Some of these etiquette rules are unknown to many people in Japan, so don't feel bad if you've accidentally committed any of the following Japanese-food-eating sins. But do keep them in mind; maybe you'll impress your friends with your knowledge of the proper way to eat in Japan.

Source: Yamato Japanese Steakhouse @GoArticles