Despite the western influence that is slowly
invading Asia, countries like Japan still considers rice as
the most important food stuff and its staple food. There are
authentic Japanese dishes that have rice as the main ingredient
like sushi for example.
There are syllables that indicate what
kind of meat or food you are eating for example, if it ends
with don, it usually has rice,
gyu pertains to beef, katsu is pork and tori is chicken, maki
is rolled and sushi is balled rice with a lot of variations
as to its presentation and recipe.
Rice is a common side dish during lunch and dinner and is
the main dish during breakfasts. It is usually eaten
plain or mixed
with raw egg and soy sauce, this simple mixture is called
tamago-kake-gohan. Rice bowls usually have various toppings.
Sushi can be defined as a dish which contains sushi rice,
cooked rice that is prepared with sushi vinegar. There
kinds of sushi dishes.
It is more popularly known as rice toppings. Some of the
common toppings are tempura (tendon), egg and chicken
(oyakodon), tonkatsu (katsudon) and beef (gyudon). The
clue here is
the “don” ending.
Onigiri are rice balls made of cooked rice and usually
wrapped with nori seaweed. They are slightly salted
and often contain
some additional food in the center, for example an
umeboshi (pickled Japanese apricot), katsuobushi (dried
or salmon. Rice balls are a popular and inexpensive
snack available at convenience stores.
Kare Raisu (Curry Rice) can be served with additional
toppings such as tonkatsu. Curry is not a native
but has been used in Japan for over a century.
Fried rice or chahan has been originally introduced
from China. A variety of additional ingredients
such as peas,
(Japanese leek) and small pieces of carrot and
pork are mixed to the rice
when stir fried.
Chazuke is a bowl of cooked rice with green tea
and other ingredients, for example, salmon or
tarako (cod roe)
added to it.
Kayu is rice gruel, watery, soft cooked rice
that resembles oatmeal. It is often served
to sick people
it is easily digested.
Sashimi is raw seafood. A large number of fish
can be enjoyed raw if they are fresh and
of sashimi are enjoyed with soya sauce and
Yakizakana means grilled fish. Many varieties
of fish are enjoyed in this way.
There are various traditional Japanese
and introduced Japanized noodle dishes
Many of them
enjoy a very high
Soba noodles are native Japanese noodles
made of buckwheat and wheat flour,
it is about as
They can be served
cold or hot and with various toppings.
Udon noodles are native Japanese noodles
made of wheat flour. Udon are thicker
also be served
hot or cold and with various toppings.
Ramen are Chinese style noodles prepared
in a soup with various toppings.
Ramen is one
originally introduced from China
but have become completely Japanized
Like Udon noodles, somen are Japanese
noodles made of wheat flour,
but they are much
Yakisoba are fried or deep fried
Chinese style noodles served
meat and ginger.