Japanese Food Recipes – A Must Have


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Nowadays, so many people are getting interested in Japanese food. Why? Because it does not only taste good, but it is also relatively healthier than their American counterparts. So if you have always wanted to try Japanese cuisine but find that eating raw meat is a bit repulsive, here are Japanese food recipes that you might want to try.

Main Dish: Yakitori

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This grilled chicken dish is especially popular with children because of its sweet sauce.

The ingredients include:

  • Preferred chicken parts like thigh meat or liver
  • Negi (Japanese Leek)*
  • four tablespoons of Japanese Soy Sauce
  • Japanese cooking wine (Mirin) or Japanese Rice Wine (Sake)
  • three tablespoons of sugar
  • Maple Syrup or Honey
  • Bamboo skewers

*If Negi is not available locally, you can substitute them with leeks or green onion.

Preparation:

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1. Cut the chicken into even small parts. However, the size should be about 2 to 3 centimeters.

2. Mix all the liquid ingredients with sugar and let them simmer with low heat. Wait until the sugar is completely melted.

3. Put the chicken into the marinade/ sauce and set aside for at least 30 minutes.

4. While waiting for the marinade to seep in, cut the Negi into 3 centimeters long.

5. When the chicken gets ready, alternately skewer chicken with leeks.

6. Grill to perfection. Be careful not to burn them.

Side Dish: Golmaal

This spinach-based dish complements Yakitori.

The ingredients include:

  • Fresh Spinach
  • two tablespoons sugar
  • one tablespoon of Japanese Rice Wine
  • two tablespoons of ground sesame seeds
  • two tablespoons of Miso (Soybean paste)

Preparation:

1. Blanch the spinach.

2. Dry out the leaves but pat them with a dry cloth or paper towel.

3. Once dry, cut them approximately 3 centimeters long.

4. Mix the other ingredients in a different container.

5. Toss the spinach into the mixture and serve.

Sashimi 

Sashimi literally means pierced body. This name is mostly attributed to how ancient Japanese used to “harvest” their fish – by piercing and hooking them by their tails. Today, there are more than ten types of this dish. Its name usually changes depending on the seafood used. For example, if the fish used for the dish is Salmon, it is called Sake sashimi. If it is Mackerel, locals would call it Saba sashimi and so and so forth.

To make sashimi, you would need:

  • Fresh, raw seafood of your choice (Salmon, Tuna, Prawn, Scallops, Mackerel, etc.)
  •  Carrots
  • Daikon (White Asian Radish)
  • Japanese soy sauce and wasabi

Preparation:

1. Fillet the fish with a very sharp knife. As much as possible, you would want to cut them as thinly as possible without damaging their meat.

2. Prepare the carrots and daikon by using a peeler or zester to cut them into thin strips.

3. Arrange the cut meat and vegetables on a platter.

4. Serve with Japanese soy sauce and wasabi.

Apart from these recipes, there are lots of food recipes available online, which you can check out. If you are interested in Japanese food recipes, then check out the recipes and make them in your kitchen.

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