Learn about other culinary specialties of Japan
Japanese cuisine gains popularity because of its rich texture. The Japanese staple food is rice and noodles. Basically, rice is served with miso soup and other side dishes.
The most common side dish is grilled seafood with pickled vegetables, or raw seafood with rice and vegetable soup. Raw seafood is common in sushi or in sashimi. Read and get an insight about the Japanese culinary specialties.
A few Japanese recipes
Nam khao: Nam Khao is also known as rice balls. The dish consists of fried rice balls, filling, and sauce. Start by preparing the filling. Mix 150g of sliced fermented sausage with 50g of ground peanuts. Add chopped scallions or shallots and coriander. Then, season with salt, pepper and a spoon of fish sauce. Then, form into small balls. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes. After the fillings are cooked, let them cool for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, mix 150g of cooked rice with a floor for the rice balls.
After that, cover the filling with the dough. Then, coat with beaten eggs, and breadcrumbs. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Deep fry for 4 minutes. After that, make the sauce. Stir-fry 2 diced tomatoes in olive oil.
Season with 1 teaspoon of basil, sugar and salt. Add 1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese and crushed garlic. Let it cool when cooked. Serve the rice balls with the sauce. Sprinkle the fried rice balls with chopped mint, and grated coconut.
Sushi: Sushi is on of the Japanese favorites. Sushi consists of rice, fish fillets and sauce. Marinate 250g of thinly sliced fish in soy sauce. Leave it in for at least 1 hour. To make the sushi, start the process by cooking 2 cups of white rice. Meanwhile, heat ½ cup of mirin or rice wine and ¼ cup of rice vinegar with ½ tablespoon of salt and sugar. After the rice is cooked, stir in the mirin and the rice vinegar. Keep stiring until the rice cools down.
After that, with wet hands, wrap the vinegared rice in nori sheets. Nori is edible seaweed which is used for sushi roll wrapping. Press evenly so that the rice won't move. After that, spread in thinly chopped wasabi or Japanese horseradish. For a richer texture, add in some cream cheese.
Then, stuff in with the thinly sliced fish. The most common fish is salmon and tuna, but you can choose other kinds of fish, or crab flesh. After that, roll the sushi. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. When the sushi is cool and it has set in, cut the roll into 6 pieces with a wet knife.
Go on a culinary holiday trip to Japan
Japanese food is among the best in the world, with its rich texture and flavor. That is why it is common to see Japanese restaurants in many countries.
However, in order to fully enjoy the Japanese culinary specialties, it is preferable to eat at local restaurants in Japan. Find a flight to Japan through Opodo. The online travel agency Opodo operates in many cities in Japan, and liaises with many local hotels for your accommodation. Book your flight and hotel online early for the best deal. Discounts apply for early bookings. You can also book your hotel and flight by phone through Opodo.