Japanese cuisine is one of the oldest cuisines in the world and has a very diverse and rich culinary history. Japanese recipes vary from region to region and you can see a generous usage of cereal grains, soy products, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, seeds, and nuts in their dishes. Chicken, beef, lamb, and pork are sparingly used because of the abundant supply of seafood and the influence of Buddhism on society. Japanese cuisine is also very nutritious, healthy, and packed with energy. Whether you are seeking steamed dishes, stewed dishes, grilled dishes, deep-fried dishes, or vinegared dishes you can find a wonderful variety to choose from.
Some of the popular Japanese recipes include Congee, Donburi, Sushi, Sashimi, Taiyaki, and Okinawa Soba. The Congee is a traditional Japanese porridge that is made from rice and eggs. Congee is a simple dish that is high on taste and easily digestible. Congee is generally served as a breakfast to children. There are many variations of Congee namely meat Congee, mushroom Congee, and seafood Congee.
Congee is also a great appetizer and a perfect start for a long meal. The Donburi is a mouth-watering main dish that is served with delicious toppings, thick sauces, and hot steamed rice. Some of the popular Donburi toppings include breaded pork cutlets, seasoned beef, tuna sashimi, battered shrimp, and broiled eels.
Sushi is one of the signature Japanese recipes that are renowned all over the world. It is a delicious dish that is made from steamed vinegared rice and served with a wide range of toppings. Some of the more well-known toppings include barbecued salmon skins, soft shell crab meats, chopped scallops, and spicy tunas. Sushi is served on geometric wooden plates and it is perfect for brunch and dinner.
Sashimi is another popular dish that is served with fresh garnishes and dipping sauce. Tiny slices of fresh seafood and meat is used for preparing Sashimi. Puffer fish Sashimi, skipjack tuna Sashimi, horse meat Sashimi, chicken breast Sashimi, and deer meat Sashimi are some of the popular ones. Sashimi is an excellent Japanese dish that can be eaten for lunch. If you are a big fan of noodles then you can try the Okinawa Soba.
Okinawa Soba is a spicy noodle dish that is made from wheat flour and steamed pork. Okinawa Soba has an amazing history that dates back to over five hundred years and this dish was only eaten by the royal members of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Commoners were not allowed to eat this dish and it was only recently the ban was lifted. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to Japanese styled sweets and desserts. Taiyaki, Dango, Manju, and Higashi are some of the traditional favourites. You will definitely fall in love with Taiyaki. It is a cake that is made from azuki beans and shaped in the form of a fish.
Japanese recipes offer a wonderful variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and you should definitely taste this gorgeous cuisine at least once in a lifetime.