Onigiri is one of Japan’s favourite snacks. It is so popular in Japan that it is sold in the convenience stores and in specialty stores for takeaway in Japan. Onigiri are balls of rice filled with delicious fillings and wrapped with seaweed. It is easy to make for a snack or a light meal which can also be packed into lunchboxes. Visually pleasing and tasty, they are a fun and filling alternative to sandwiches for lunch. They are also commonly included in bento boxes.
Ochazuke is a traditional Japanese dish in which hot green tea is poured over rice topped with a few simple ingredients. It is simple yet extremely tasty that is beloved by Japanese. Ochazuke can be enjoyed as a light meal or as a snack at any time of the day.
Give a little twist to your rice and try this fried sesame rice cake. They are so easy to prepare and make. Serve these rice cakes with teriyaki chicken or Japanese curry. It may also be served as a snack with Japanese mayonnaise, wasabi or sweet chilli sauce.
This is a refreshing cold noodle salad with a combination of soba noodles and fresh vegetables. The flavour is well balanced with a mix of roast sesame, sesame soy and sesame oil dressing that adds a wonderful taste to the noodle salad. Easy to make and such a refreshing and healthy dish, this would be perfect to make during summer.
Oyakodon is a very popular dish in Japan. It is a classic one-pot Japanese chicken dish with chiffon-like blanket of eggs served on top of a bed of hot rice. The broth is very flavourful and it is balanced with a mixture of soy sauce and sugar for a sweet and salty profile. This would definitely be a favourite at home as it is healthy and so easy to cook.
Potato korokke is a delicious deep fried potato cake coated with panko and filled with fluffy mashed potatoes, minced pork and onion. It’s a favourite amongst kids and it is a typical Japanese home cooking and street food. Add this potato korokke into your bento lunch box or eat it as a snack on its own.
Gyudon is a popular, quick and inexpensive delicious Japanese rice bowl dish that is available in many restaurants in Japan during lunch time. It is made out of thinly sliced beef that is cooked with sweet and salty sauce, piled on top of rice and the rice absorbs all the flavourful sauce.
Chawanmushi is a traditional hot Japanese appetizer made from steamed savoury egg custard and is filled with delicious fillings of prawns, kamaboko (fish cake), shiitake mushrooms and chicken. “Chawan” means tea cup or rice bowl and “mushi” means steamed in Japanese and it is indeed steamed food in a cup. Chawanmushi’s flavour comes mainly from dashi, mirin and soy sauce. If cooked right, the texture is soft, silky and smooth.
Yakisoba noodle is a popular casual and budget food in Japan. It is relatively quick and easy to make this Japanese stir fried noodles for lunch or dinner at home. Yakisoba is seasoned with a sweet savoury sauce tossed with sliced pork, cabbage and carrots. The must have toppings are benishouga and aonori to complete the dish.
In Japan, Mid-Autumn Festival is known as Tsukimi, which literally means to ‘moon watch’ .Among the many delicacies made traditionally in celebration of this festival is the Tsukimi dango, or moon-viewing dumplings. These dumplings are thought to bring happiness, good health and as an offering not only for the moon’s beauty, but as an expression of gratitude for the autumn harvest.
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