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What does Japanese food usually consist of?

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?

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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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4 thoughts on “What does Japanese food usually consist of?”

  1. Hello Corey, Japanese food is renowned for its emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients with the key ingredients of most meals being rice, soup and a main dish. Seafood features heavily in Japanese cuisine being an island nation. Japanese food and Chinese food are very different.

    Source(s):

    Japan Australia is a blog dedicated to Japan Travel and Culture
    http://japan-australia.blogspot.com/

  2. I don’t eat raw fish or seaweed. When I go to a Japanese restaurant, I may have fish, but it’s cooked — often grilled salmon or teriyaki glazed hamachi. I really like the way the Japanese do steak. The steaks are rather small, but oh so good! Spiced to perfection with ginger, soy sauce, sake, and probably other things, they’re often cooked right at the table, and served with little dishes of wasabi sauce and ginger sauce, tofu, rice, and crisp quick-fried vegetables. I haven’t had the chance to eat as much Japanese food as I have Chinese, but I love it. It’s fresh and different from any other food I’ve ever tried. Japanese restaurants are often more expensive than others, but the food is worth every penny.

  3. In my opinion Japanese food is always into presentation and for the pleasure of the eyes meaning they are delicately and time consuming to prepare the food like an artwork and presented in small amount paying much attention to the decoration/garnishes to the food, the lacquer wares in artful shapes and the whole cuisine become a masterpiece of an artwork. Chinese food has more in volume although the chinese chef does put effort in presentation like vegetables carvings and different method of cooking and those expensive ingredients used on special occassion

  4. Japanese food usually consists of fish, rice and vegetables. The most common way to prepare the fish is to grill or braise it. Japanese food is low in fat since most traditional dishes don’t use oil or fat in the preparation, but because soy sauce and sugar is used quite a bit, it is very high in sodium, and also not good for diabetics. Things that accompany a typical meal like miso soup and japanese “pickled” vegetables also contain a lot of salt, so it is only “healthy” in that it is low in saturated fat.
    Chinese foods typically use the stir fry method, cooking quickly at a high heat in oil. This is just a generalization but Japanese food tends to be low in fat but salty, Chinese food tends to be oily.

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