Question by Kristina: What does Japanese food usually consist of?
I know it a silly question but it always looks good and very healthy. Looks like its always lots of fish and rice.
Also is there any difference between Chinese food and Japanese food?
Answer by Tally
Japanese food is completely separate from Chinese food. Japan and China are often confused because of their geographical proximity and similar writing systems, but they’re actually very different countries with very different cultures and languages.
That said, Japanese food is some of the best in the world (it’s easily my favourite). You’re right, it does consist of lots of fish and rice. It’s all about combining the staple food (rice) with other side dishes, like miso soup. The most famous food outside Japan is sushi, which is usually some variant of raw fish wrapped in rice and seaweed. It’s also more inclined to be cold than western food, but soups and noodle dishes are usually served hot. Fish and seafood are really popular, both cooked and raw, and you’ll probably see a lot of soy products, tofu, Asian vegetables, beans, etc. And yes, it is extremely healthy (if a bit high in salt).
But asking someone to describe Japanese food is like asking them to describe western food; it’s really complex and varies a lot from place to place. Culture and etiquette are also big parts of dining in Japan (how to sit, what to do with your chopsticks, what to say before and after the meal) and are essential to a proper traditional experience.
Long story short, go and eat some Japanese food! It’s amazing.
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