Japanese cuisine is one of the most original and unique in the world. Japanese food is very simple, thermal processing is minimal, and maximum attention is paid to the preservation of the natural appearance and taste of the product. Often the preparation is as simple as cutting the product, without any processing, mixing in one dish large number of ingredients also. Another feature characteristic of the ritualism of the process of absorption of food – not only that, the menu is bound to vary depending on the time of year and the abundance of rules of conduct at the table and handling the units are usually baffled most Europeans.
The basis of Japanese cuisine – fried rice, which is absolutely not salted, but is accompanied by various sauces and condiments. It is served in a separate bowl, almost all dishes as a garnish, and is often used as an independent meal, varying the taste by using spices. The most popular dish of rice, no doubt, “sushi” (“sushi”) – rice balls-rolls with different fillings (over 200 species), and rice balls “onigiri” or rice cakes “mochi”. Not less popular rice a special kind of noodle made from buckwheat flour – “soba” (“sobo”), which serves both cold and hot, fried and boiled in broth and with vegetables. Continue reading
Traditions and customs of Japan
The population of Japan (125 million) and 99.4% Japanese, and Koreans, Ainu, etc. nationality.
The official language is Japanese. Also a widespread knowledge of English and Chinese languages. Writing is about 5000 characters (kanji).
Japanese language and writing
The Japanese language has always been an important part of Japanese culture. The majority of the population speaks Japanese. The Japanese language is one of the most difficult to study. Some of the words in the Russian language were taken from the Japanese language, such as tsunami, sushi, karaoke, samurai.
One of the earliest forms of theatre became the theatre but (“talent, skills”) that developed in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the actors played in masks and luxurious costumes. In the XVII century formed one of the most famous kinds of Japanese traditional theater — Kabuki (“song, dance, skill”), the actors of this theatre were men, their faces were disguised in a complicated way.
What do you think of when you hear “Asian kitchen”? Sure about Japanese sushi and Chinese dim sum or rolls-Sami? It is signs of Japanese and Chinese restaurants abound in the streets of European cities. But actually, in Japan, for example, in honor of kitchen of her neighbor – Korea. And in Russia, if you try, you can find authentic Korean restaurants, but, especially considering that many of the dishes are based on specific local ingredients that must be fresh, it is better to meet you, and if you will taste, savor Korean cuisine at her home. So, what, where and why to try, once in South Korea.
A lot of spices, seasonings and sauces! Therefore, Korean cuisine is spicy, sometimes very spicy. In addition to red pepper to traditional condiments include a paste of soy beans, which many nutritionists give a truly healing properties, and soy sauce.
What to try:
One such sharp and it is very popular in Korea dishes-kimchi ( kimchi ) – a salad of pickled Chinese cabbage, generously seasoned with red pepper. onions. garlic and ginger. This simple dish is so popular in Korea that, according to some local residents, it is eaten for Breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Of the meat dishes Koreans prefer the dish called “bulgogi” Continue reading