What the Japanese eat every day: for breakfast, lunch and dinner
The Japanese people, in general, have a unique quality: they can get enough of their eyes, due to the fact that they prefer aesthetic saturation to physiological. The circumstances of the existence in the islands (Japan, as you know, is an island state) are such that the set of ingredients that can be obtained is very scarce and extremely insignificant, therefore, the main thing is not the fullness of the dish, but how elegantly it is served and served.
Basically, in the daily diet of this people there is rice and fish. On the shelves of our stores you can find dozens of varieties of rice, but in Japan they use short-grained rice, which is slightly different in taste and easy to boil, making it convenient to eat with chopsticks. An interesting fact: rice is not just a side dish, everything is made from it: from sauce to confectionery, from beer to wine, the use of rice is unthinkable widely. Due to the widespread use of this cereal, the Japanese are much less likely to suffer from various diseases and not without reason are considered the healthiest nation in the world.
Fish products are no less important in the country. Fortunately, in a country where every fourth resident is a fisherman, there are plenty of them. There are a lot of varieties of fish and how to cook it. It can be stewed, eaten raw, fried, boiled, added to soup.
What is actually eaten in Japan
How does this people combine these products in life? What do people usually eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner? The answer to these questions suggests itself is quite obvious and quite logical – sushi. They occupy a huge place in the life of the Japanese, but it is worth noting that this dish came into use relatively recently, 80-100 years ago. Then this event became the real evolution of traditional Japanese cuisine.
There are several facts about sushi that will be of great interest to the Russian reader. Perhaps this is shocking to someone, but the Japanese do not eat sushi with chopsticks, they eat them with their hands, and only dipping fish in soy sauce. The second misconception is that there is no sushi called Philadelphia in this country.
Sushi is the embodiment of the entire Japanese nation. They contained the gifts of nature, which is rich in the country, centuries-old rites and traditions. And, it would seem, some small pieces of fish wrapped in seaweed and rice.
Soy sauce, pickled ginger and wasabi became irreplaceable companions of sushi. This set of ingredients perfectly complements the dish and carries a certain list of functions. For example, sauce is, first of all, an alternative to salt, and also gives sushi a special flavor. Ginger must be eaten before you eat every new type of sushi, in order to maximize the taste difference between them. Wasabi is the most useful plant that has antimicrobial properties, thereby combining perfectly with raw fish. The only sad thing is that a real wasabi can be found and tasted only directly in Japan itself. It is very valuable, in cooking they use the root of the plant, from which they subsequently make green pasta.
In Japan, there is an interesting tradition that occupies a significant place in the life of this people. This is a small sized box of prepared food called bento. They are used during lunch, taking with them to work, to school or elsewhere, during dinner, taking with them on a long journey during the move. Bento can be bought at any supermarket, however, the most delicious are, of course, bentos prepared by a wife for her beloved children and beloved husband. A woman puts her whole soul into such a bento to show how much she loves her family. Bento is also a kind of souvenir, because edible gifts in Japan are quite positive.
Typical Japanese dishes far from the sushi stereotype
For breakfast, they usually eat another traditional dish, commonly known as tofu. Tofu is a mass of soybeans, very rich in protein, which makes it very nutritious. Tofu does not have a pronounced taste, so it can be universally used in cooking in combination with various sauces. It is very interesting that the manufacture of tofu in Japan is dynastic in nature, that is, the secrets of the manufacture of this product go back to ancient times and are passed down from generation to generation. Therefore, if your father is engaged in this business, then probably the same fate awaits you.
Also interesting is the procedure for consuming soups, which most Japanese people eat for dinner. In general, soups in the land of the rising sun are distinguished by their diversity. They are meat, fish, vegetable, but their main feature is that they are transparent, and the ingredients and broth are boiled separately from each other. They use soups, no matter how absurd, with chopsticks, first eating all the vegetables, and then drinking the broth remaining in the plate. What I want to say in the end. All the features of Japanese cuisine cannot be described, so you must definitely visit this country and personally see all the variability of Asian cuisine