Japanese mayonnaise is very different to English mayo; in colour, texture, and taste. If you’ve been to Asian shops you may recognise the squishy bottle, and red lid and the signature shape of Kewpie mayonnaise. It’s a hugely popular condiment across Japan, and has been used in many traditional dishes since the Kewpie brand wasContinue reading I love Japanese mayo!
Takoyaki is a popular ball shaped Japanese food made out of grilled batter with octopus inside. The name translates to ‘grilled octopus’: Tako (octopus) Yaki (grilled). Takoyaki originated from Osaka in 1935, gradually increasing in popularity across Japan. It’s known as a staple street food and are available at supermarkets, as well as restaurants thatContinue reading Have you tried Takoyaki?
Ramune is a Japanese soft drink that is greatly popular in the summer, and is known for it’s strange shaped bottle that has a marble inside of it! This type of bottle is called the Codd-neck bottle, named after the creator Hiram Codd from Camberwell, who designed it in 1872. The glass bottle is pinchedContinue reading Ramune: Funny shaped soda bottle!
Soba is a type of Japanese noodle that are made of buckwheat. They are often more of a grey colour, as opposed to noodles like udon and ramen. Soba is enjoyed eaten hot or cold, and is a staple dish to have on New Years Eve. It’s a good source of Vitamin B1, known as Thiamine,Continue reading New Years Soba
Onigiri is a ball of Japanese rice shaped into a ball, a triangle, or cylindrical, and wrapped in a sheet of dried seaweed (nori). The earliest record of onigiri being eaten in Japan goes as far back as the 11th Century. The circular shape was to allow them to be stacked on a plate, andContinue reading Onigiri – The Japanese sandwich
Nikujaga is a Japanese dish made up of beef, potatoes, onions, carrots, and konnyaku, and other vegetables (varying in different regions) stewed in a sweetened soy sauce. It’s boiled altogether, allowing the the flavours to soak into the food, this home-cooked winter dish reminds people of their mothers cooking! It is often eaten with a bowl ofContinue reading Mum’s home cooking: Nikujaga
Tea was introduced to Japan during the 9th century when a Buddhist monk, Eichu, returned from China with a tea plant. Tea was used by Chinese monks for spiritual, and medicinal purposes. Eichu served the tea to the Emperor, which then began the cultivation of tea across Japan. Initially tea was had at Buddhist ritualsContinue reading An intro to Japanese Tea Ceremonies
Tea is a staple in Japanese culture, having been a prominent aspect of everyday life for over 1000 years, even having a ceremony dedicated to the making, serving, and consumption of it. In Japan tea is just as common in Japan as it is to have a fizzy drink or soda. Hot and cold teaContinue reading Japanese tea is the best tea!
Oden is a traditional Japanese dish that’s served in a large pot, filled with a dashi broth and an array of staple Japanese foods and vegetables in it. The ingredients stew in the broth Some ingredients and broth vary depending on the region in Japan. It’s believed that oden originated from around the 14th centuryContinue reading Oden: Japan’s staple winter food
Natto is a historical dish in Japan, it’s been a staple of Japanese breakfasts for over 1000 years. These fermented soybeans are often eaten with soy sauce and Japanese mustard with rice, I personally love to have it with kimchi(spicy fermented Korean cabbage and radish). I’ve eaten natto since I was a child, and myContinue reading Natto: Smelly soybeans!