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What is actually eaten in Japan

Throughout Japan, many may be surprised to discover that the Japanese do not eat sushi every day, but in Japanese cuisine, there are many typical Japanese dishes that are definitely worth a try, being in the land of the rising sun.

Ten typical Japanese dishes, far from the stereotype of sushi

Udon (wheat noodles)

Noodles “Udon” is used in soups, as an ingredient in complex dishes and as a separate dish, usually in a liquid sauce, with various spices. Most noodles made from wheat flour, but special types it is prepared from other ingredients, including beans.

Udon is usually served hot, for example, in cake soup-Udon (kake udon), which is made on the basis of Dashi stock, seasoned soy sauce and mirin and green onions sprinkled on top. Also to cake-can add Udon tempura, tofu, fried with sugar, mirin and soy sauce, or fish fingers kamaboko. To taste you can add citime-togarashi.

Soba (buckwheat noodles)

Dish with buckwheat soba noodles. Photo by N ino from Flickr

Soba — the Japanese national dish in the form of a long brown-gray noodles made from buckwheat flour, known since the mid XVI century. Most often served to the table chilled without broth, Continue reading

How to prepare sushi in Japan

Today, sushi is one of the most popular dishes in the world. However, most often in Russia, Europe and America under this name serves something which is very far from the original. That is why we will talk about how to make real sushi in Japan.

The dish, dubbed “sushi” (“sushi”) in Japan, appeared in the VII century. It was prepared as follows: raw fish sprinkled with salt and mixed with rice, and then it all fit under the stone press for several months and was resting. This technology is considered one of the oldest methods of preservation. Even the character for sushi translates as “pickled fish”. Since then, the technique of making sushi is constantly changing: in the XVII century in Japan, a huge spread of rice vinegar, which is added to sushi, to give the dish spicy. In addition, under the “sushi” was hiding not already marinated, and raw fish.

Modern look dish acquired only in the nineteenth century. Its Creator can be considered a Japanese chef, Cohea, who concocted rice ball, coated it wasabi (Japanese horseradish that has a antimicrobial properties), and on top put a piece of raw fish. This type of sushi is called nigiri – it was with him and began a triumphal procession of Japanese dishes around the world. Today there are several types of this famous Japanese dish:

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Tea traditions of different countries

China

It is considered that drinking tea began in the territory of the modern Chinese province of Sichuan (Four streams). According to historians, the tradition of drinking tea goes back more than two thousand years. Mentions tea meet since the epoch of Spring and Autumn (VIII-V C. BC), but works devoted to the art of tea and tea, appear much later. For a long time, tea was a privilege of emperors and the upper class, but later (XIV-XVII centuries) spread among all segments of the population.

The consumption of tea in China long ago developed into a real art of the tea ceremony kung fu cha. This ceremony consists of several stages that help to enjoy all the richness of taste, aroma and useful properties of tea. Special attention is paid in China to the emotional state of a person when he proceeds to the tea ceremony. The process of preparation and consumption of tea beverages must free from worries, to clear the mind, lead to a state of clarity and calmness.

Tea culture of China for centuries, was maintained by the special construction of the tea houses and pavilions, fabrication of tea ware, the tea breeding of new varieties and ways of cooking, and also literary works dedicated to tea (Lu Yu – the classic of tea, Hui Tsung Continue reading

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