Matcha is now becoming a worldwide trend and comes in various forms. Indeed, Matcha is actually very easy to be used as a cooking ingredient to give a unique taste, so it is only natural that Matcha now comes in the form of ice cream, sweets, cakes, and so on. But what makes green tea from Japan more attractive than the various green tea variants we have known so far?
Matcha is a special green tea powder from Japan that is often used in tea ceremonies. In contrast to green tea in general (also known as Sencha).
Matcha is made from green tea leaves which during its planting are protected from direct sunlight for up to 20 days before being picked. The tea leaves used to make Matcha are only the best tea leaves, which are then dried thoroughly and then crushed into powder, then brewed using hot water.
The most important difference between Matcha and Sencha is Matcha contains all the nutrients from green tea leaves, including those that are usually wasted in the process of brewing green tea that we know so far. Therefore, the nutrition in a cup of Matcha is equivalent to nutrition in 10 cups of Sencha.
Summer in Japan is a time when thirst coller is needed, one of them is cold fizzy drinks. Recently the Coca Cola Company has just launched Cucumber Sprites in England and Russia. The flavor variant retains the original lemon and lime flavor of the Sprite by adding a little cucumber to add fresh flavor.
According to Coca Cola, the Sprite maker, said that they were inspired by cucumber water which is a very popular drink in cafes and restaurants, especially in the summer. However, no one has produced this as a carbonated drink.
Previously Pepsi Cucumber had been launched in Japan amidst not so big fanfare. It feels really like a real Japanese cucumber that tastes sweeter than a regular cucumber. The presence of the cucumber sprite’s taste, caused Japanese consumers to reminisce with unique soda drinks that were once sold in Japan.
Some of these soda drinks are:
Lemon & Mint Pepsi
Pepsi Salted Watermelon
Pepsi Caribbean Gold
Pepsi Blue Hawaii
Japan is well-known for its unique taste, making beverage producers compete for the latest taste innovations. What do you think? What sense do you want to try?
Soba noodles are noodles made from rye, slightly rough with thickness like spaghetti, and can be served both warm and cold. Soba cuisine is very popular and can be found in almost all of Japan.
Sukiyaki is one of the popular dishes in Japan, which is eating where you cook it, namely from the pan. How to cook sukiyaki is different in each region in Japan.
Sushi is typical of Japanese cuisine with a long history and full of tradition. Sushi may be one of the culinary icons of Japan.
Tempura is a dish of vegetables or seafood that is shrouded and fried. It’s best when eaten with dipped and salt sauce.
Tendons are a typical Japanese dish consisting of a bowl with rice with meat, eggs, or vegetables.
Chanko nabe is one of the many quantities of stew from Japan and is one of the foods that wrestlers like to eat to fatten their bodies.
Yakitori is a Japanese chicken satay. Yakitori is a simple dish, which only requires a little spice and the right cooking method.
Yakizakana is a food made from fish which is baked on fire. Seasoned with sauces such as teriyaki sauce, shioyaki, and kushiyaki.
Because Islam is not the majority religion in Japan, Muslims who travel to the country may find it difficult to find snacks that fit their beliefs. However, some of the following snacks are proven halal so they are suitable for purchase by those of you who are Muslim:
1. Matcha Kit Kat Test
Uji is a popular tea plantation area in Kyoto and Uji or green tea is very well known throughout Japan. Kama can easily find Kit Kat matcha in Japan, especially at Haneda Airport and Narita Airport. Although there is no halal certification for this chocolate, this product does not contain haram ingredients so it is safe to be consumed by Muslims.
2. Samurai Ramen
It’s not complete if you visit Japan without tasting ramen. For a Muslim traveler, looking for Halal ramen restaurants in Japan might not be an easy matter. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring ramen back to Indonesia. With halal ingredients, this instant ramen package from Samurai Ramen is made as beautiful as possible like the original ramen and you can make a souvenir when on vacation in Japan.
3. Muso Castella Cake
Because Tokyo Banana is not halal, Muso Castella can be his successor. A typical Nagasaki snack, Castella is a popular Japanese sponge cake made from sugar, flour, eggs and syrup. There are three flavors available: matcha, honey, and brown sugar. Matcha taste is the most popular among the three. You should buy the Muso brand Castella Cake for using halal ingredients.
4. Kuro Tamago
Kuro Tamago literally means black egg. These eggs are a specialty snack from Owakudani in Hakone, a region famous for lakes and beautiful hot springs. The eggs are boiled in hot sulfur tears, turning the egg shells black and making them smell slightly sulfur. There is a saying that eating one of these eggs can increase your age for seven years. Besides that, Kuro Tamago is also truly halal.
So many people are very familiar with the name Tokyo Banana. It is undeniable that this is one of the most popular sweet souvenirs that you can buy in Japan. This is a sweet banana cake containing custard which contains various flavors. Before buying one of these Banana, make sure you know the various tastes of Tokyo Banana first. Let’s take a peek!
The original TOKYO BANANA taste is a light and soft sponge cake filled with banana custard cream. Appears in the value package or in the box packaging. Value packages consist of 4 pieces, while box packaging consists of 8, 12, or 16 pieces.
Honey Flavor is only available at Haneda Airport. This can be seen with a line pattern similar to honeybees. It only comes in 4, 8 or 12 pieces of box packaging.
The sweet and tender taste is TOKYO BANANA STAR Almond Milk Cream. You must know Taste is only available during the winter.
TOKYO BANANA Banana Caramel Custard Cream is a popular taste because of its classic taste and giraffe design. Appears in package value 4, or in boxes of 8 or 12 pieces.
TOKYO BANANA TREE Chocolate Banana Cream is known for its leopard spots made from chocolate dough. This is also present in package value 4, or in boxes of 8 or 12 pieces.
Because in Japan Islam is not the majority religion, halal-certified food is still limited. But Muslim tourists need not worry, because there are simple tips for choosing food, so travel to Japan is still exciting.
Some Japanese specialties that are relatively safe for consumption include Sushi (except Unagi and Anago which in sauces usually use Mirin and sake), Sashimi, Soba, Udon, Tempura (avoid using the sauce because it generally contains sake and mirin), Yaki Sakana, etc.
Another alternative is to go to Muslim restaurants such as Arabic, Pakistani, Turkish or Malaysian cuisine. There are quite a number of restaurants that provide Islamic dishes in major cities in Japan. Information on these restaurants can be found on the following site: Japan Halal Association http://www.jhalal.com/restaurant-list
Although there are many traditional Japanese foods made from fish, there are some Japanese dishes that generally use pork or pork broth. For example, ramen, tonkatsu, gyoza, okonomiyaki, some types of curry etc. Foods from the Okinawa region use a lot of pork and processed foods, such as Goya and Okinawa Soba.
In addition to pork, other meat-based foods (beef, chicken, goat, etc.) also need to be considered, because the possibility of meat being served is not slaughtered with Islamic procedures.
Tourists are also advised to be careful of foods that might use sake (Japanese wine) or mirin (sweet cooking sake) as a cooking spice. For example in teriyaki, yakitori, etc.
Onigiri is also commonly called rice balls in America. Onigiri can also be called Musubi or Omusubi. Musubi means bound, so maybe it means the rice ball with a nori that surrounds the rice. But there are also some onigiri / musubi that don’t use nori.
In my opinion, Onigiri is rice which is pressed into a ball using a hand that has been moistened with a little water, then given a little salt. This is the basic way. You can modify the Onigiri as you like by adding various topings and different types of rice.
Lots of Onigiri in Japan are available at self-service shops / combini (Japanese supermarkets). Usually they provide 2 to 3 shelves to display onigiri and are always stocked every few hours, especially at busy times, such as breakfast or at night where people are looking for snacks.
This onigiri is always sold fresh. I don’t know all the details but if the onigiri is left for more than a few hours, they will become stale, and the rice will become hard. So that’s the reason why this Onigiri is sent several times a day.
There are many types of origini and every supermarket / combini in Japan has their own mainstay. It seems they are trying to make at least 2 new flavors every month. For example below, Yaki Onigiri and Ebi Chiri Chaahan are in labeli Shinhatsubai which means new products.