Japanese cuisine is the most famous in the world because of the sophistication in the preparation and decoration of each dish. The flavor of Japanese food is often elegant, gentle, suitable for the natural atmosphere of each season, with a bold own identity.

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Japanese cuisine

When traveling to Japan, you should not miss the opportunity to enjoy the unique, artistic dishes of the beautiful country of Japan. Japanese cuisine is also known as Washoku.

The intersection of cuisines

This is a very unique feature that creates uniqueness in Japanese cuisine, a delicate and harmonious blend of Japanese food with Chinese and Western dishes. Therefore, you cannot help but be surprised when the Japanese dining table has sausages, bread,… or the habit of drinking coffee in the morning.

Nutritious and good for health

Most Japanese dishes are very low in calories but ensure enough nutrition for the body. The main ingredients used for processing are usually derived from soybeans, marine seafood and vegetables. Therefore, Japanese cuisine, in addition to meeting the need for delicious food, is also very nutritious for health.

Each region’s own culinary style

It may be the same dish, such as ramen, but each region has its own way of preparing it and has a unique flavor.

Ramen noodles
Philosophy in Japanese cuisine

Most Japanese dishes follow a common philosophy of “three five” including five dharmas, five colors, and five flavors. The five methods include frying, steaming, simmering, grilling and raw. The five colors will be red, black, white, blue and yellow. The five flavors include: sour, spicy, salty, bitter and sweet. Particularly different from many countries, Japanese cuisine focuses on pure flavors from ingredients such as soybeans, fish, seaweed, vegetables and rice, limiting the use of spices. The dishes are arranged delicately and skillfully by the chef, harmonizing color, smell and taste.

The significance of Japanese culture is expressed through cuisine

A New Year’s wish is like sake to ward off evil spirits and prolong life, tofu to wish good health, and wish the family to always be happy with grilled cod roe. Shrimp symbolizes longevity and long life. Sea bream sushi represents wishes for prosperity,…

Etiquette at the dinner table

As for Japanese culinary culture, they often say “itadakimasu” before eating rice. It means “please” as a thank you to those who prepared that meal. After finishing the meal, they will say “gochiso sama deshita” – which means “thank you for the delicious meal”. When pouring sake, pour it for others and only pour it for yourself when the bottle is empty.

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Nature in Japanese cuisine

With fresh dishes, it is necessary to ensure that they always maintain freshness and flavors from nature such as fish, seaweed, etc.

Dishes are prepared according to the season, suitable for the climate and weather. Japanese people like to eat shirouo fish and sakura mochi to welcome spring and watch cherry blossoms bloom. When summer comes, cold and cold dishes such as eel, grilled eggplant, and cold noodles are most popular. As the weather gradually turns to autumn, Japanese people eat a lot of baked potatoes, tempura fried dough rolls, etc. And to reduce the cold of winter, they often eat hot pot, oden soup…

Sushi – Traditional Japanese cuisine

Sushi – Traditional Japanese cuisine

When talking about Japanese cuisine, it is impossible not to mention sushi and just like the nature of Japanese food, sushi is made with many different ingredients suitable for each season. If it is spring when cherry blossoms are in full bloom, seafood sushi made from sea fish (sayori), Japanese egg scallops (garlic – thorns), etc. is popular.

Sushi trays of all kinds

Then in the summer when the maple forest is still green, there will be awabi sushi (main ingredient from abalone),…

Abalone sushi

In the fall when the maple forest gradually turns red, the Japanese have the main sushi dish: Kohada (made from herring, or dipped sardines),…

Fish sushi

In winter, the snow begins to fall heavily. Japanese people’s favorite seafood sushi dishes are ika (made from squid), tako (made from octopus),…

Squid sushi

In addition to seasonal sushi dishes, they also have many year-round sushi dishes, tamago made from eggs,…

Egg sushi

A trip to Japan will be an opportunity for you to experience the unique and distinct culinary culture of Japan

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