Coming to Japan, tourists could hardly ignore the delicious dishes, from vegetarian, octopus ball to chicken rice bowl flowing with maternal love.
Japan used to not allow eating meat. This is also strict prohibition with the monks. So, Shojin-ryori cuisine was born and made enriching food for vegetarians for centuries. Materials for Shojin-ryori are cereals, legumes and vegetables and do not use meat. If tourists want to eat the most delicious place, tourists should find to a temple (or a traditional restaurant in the area around the house) or cooking classes, for example: cooking class of Mariko in the city of Kamakura. Mariko also organized cooking classes (taught in English) provides you enjoy food and how to make the dishes, which have a long history.
This is a simple dish and easy to enjoy, including rice, chicken, eggs, onions and sauce. Almost Japanese food, raw material quality is the soul of the dish. Oyakodon can be understood the cuisine of maternal love as “oya” means parents, “ko” means children and “don” means rice bowl.
A bowl of Oyakodon have three layers, chicken, raw eggs and onions stacked, the bottom is the hot rice. Egg is stirred light and blended for glair and egg yolk, without being overcooked. Besides, Sake wine, mirin in chicken broth and onion will reduce fishy smell of eggs.
Familiar with the Japanese, the specialties is made from scraps food. Okonomiyaki is pie consisting of chopped cabbage and mochi (rice cake’s sweet), bacon, seafood and butter. The ingredients are mixed and cooked on a hot pan, sprinkle Okonomi sauce, Kewpie mayonnaise, seaweeds and fish tissue.
Okonomiyaki is the most popular and famous in the Kansai area, especially the city of Osaka. Tokyo has its own version of this dish, but not eaten of with chopsticks as in Kansai.
Today, new Takoyaki appear octopus balls, still not lost their attraction. This dish is made from onions, sour ginger, tenkasu, seaweeds and chopped octopus. Above the layer cake was sprinkled a sauce like okonomiyaki sauce, but the process of baking takes more time than a bit.
Besides Kit Kats chocolate , Japan has countless cakes, delicious sweets such as wagashi, a traditional candy, with great appetite and beautiful. The candy dish eaten is processed very artistic while drinking tea. It was thick sweet mochi cake or dorayaki bean pie cake. Sweets of Japan are differences in each locality and time.