You will be addicted after trying the culinary kick on the tongue in Japan. Examples such as ramen and sushi. But there is some typical Japanese tea whose flavor is refreshing. Do you know anything about it ? Check this out !
Vacation to Japan feels less if you have not tried ocha. Yep, this is a typical Japanese drink in the form of tea with a distinctive taste. There are also many types. The famous one is the type of sencha. This type of tea is very popular. Not only during winter, Ocha is also selling well in the summer because it is served cold.
This drink is also in the form of tea. However, the main ingredient for making it is not using green tea leaves, but grilled wheat. The uniqueness of Mugicha is not only its taste, but also its benefits. That said, drinks that are better drunk in cold conditions can relieve stress. No need to worry, you can find it at the Sakura State supermarket.
Want to feel the tea that tastes anti mainstream? Try Sobacha. This drink is in the form of a spicy tea. The material used to make it comes from buckwheat seeds or grilled berries. Its properties do warm and refresh the body. However, you need to know if Sobacha has alcohol in it.
The first snack we recommended was Senbei. This snack is made from rice flour. It tastes savory and has a texture like thick potato chips. Usually Senbei is available in several types of flavors such as sweet, seaweed and original flavor.
The next snack is Kibidango. This snack is usually referred to as rice candy. This food has a long history and symbolizes the culture and literature in Japan. Usually these foods contain sugar, syrup or nuts. This food is very famous in Japan.
The third snack is Kinaboko. You can’t find this food outside Japan. Kibaboko is made of kinako, a mixture of soybeans mixed into special powder and stabbed using a small stick.
The fourth snack is Umaibo. This snack is made from corn and has a unique taste, which is sweet and salty. This food is also very liked by small children and is easy to carry. Besides sweet and salty, Umaibo usually also has the taste of roasted corn, seaweed and also mentaiko.
For those who enjoy Japanese culinary, of course, they often hear the name Yakitori. But there are still many people who don’t know about this food. What is a yakitori actually?
Yakitori is a common food in Japan. This food is made from pieces of meat, skin, offal, and skewered leaves like satay and baked using a special sauce.
Usually for one yakitori stick consists of several pieces of meat combined with leeks. Sometimes Japanese people also use shitake mushrooms. Sometimes sellers also use sparrow meat as their main ingredient.
Yakitori also consists of two types, the first is yakitori which is cooked without spices and the second uses spices. The spices used to cook yakitori are made from salted soy sauce, mirin, wine and sugar. With the use of this ingredient, the taste of yakitori sauce will taste sweet and savory.
In Japanese, Yakitori means grilled chicken. Although the name means chicken, it does not mean that the ingredients used are only chicken.
Yakitori cuisine has existed since the Edo period (around 1603-1867). Yakitori finally began to expand since 1643 through a European missionary. To add to Yakitori’s enjoyment, you can eat it with a glass of sake or beer.
The price of yakitori is also relatively cheap so that it can be bought easily by anyone. Interested in tasting this typical Japanese satay?
Sushi is a Japanese food that is very famous in the world. Sushi is a food made from sticky rice combined with a variety of interesting topings such as fresh fish, seafood, meat, and vegetables.
Sushi is usually served with soy sauce, ginger and wasabi. But besides sushi, Japan also has a type of food called sashimi. Unlike sushi, sashimi is usually made from seafood which is served raw.
Sashimi also has many types. Here we summarize the 3 most popular types of sashimi in Japan.
The first is tsugatazukuri. This one sashimi is a type of sashimi that still maintains the original form of food served, for example fish that have been sliced but still served as a whole fish. This type of sashimi can usually be found at certain events, especially weddings.
Second is ikekuzuri. For this one, the type of meat used is octopus. The octopus that is served is usually still very fresh, even look alive. In the brain part of the octopus has been cleaned, but because the muscles in the body are still working, then the octopus will be seen moving when served.
Third is Tataki. For this type of sashimi is the most friendly type. Tataki is made from meat of tuna, skipjack and bonito which are cooked very quickly. The way to cook it is to put it on the fire for a few seconds. On the outside of the meat will look ripe, but in the middle of the meat is still raw. This type of sashimi is favored by tourists and locals alike.
Green wasabi pasta is usually eaten for sushi and sashimi. In Japan itself, wasabi is indeed used for smearing sushi and sashimi. Sushi and sashimi dishes use raw marine ingredients, such as raw tuna or raw salmon.
Well, this wasabi is applied to the raw fish. “What is sought from this isabi is the aroma. Sometimes raw fish has a fishy odor. Use wasabi to neutralize this odor,” said Chef Hideki Chomei.
The original Japanese Chomei is a chef at a Japanese restaurant, Nishimura. This restaurant is located in the Shangri-La hotel in Jakarta. The aroma and taste of wasabi is very typical. Spicy, stomping, instead of burning the mouth, but immediately hit the nose.
If it’s the first time you try it, this spiciness can surprise you. As Chomei said, there was trust among Japanese people, wasabi could kill bacteria in raw fish used for sushi and sashimi. However, he himself is not sure whether this is true or not.
“It’s just the words that only wasabi can make bacteria die,” Chomei said. Towards spring, besides Sakura began to bloom, wasabi also began to be harvested. According to Chomei, wasabi was harvested when the winter was over which was marked by snow.
Wasabi (Shutterstock) Wasabi plants themselves are tubers, such as carrots or cassava. The color is green starting from the bulbs or roots, stems, until the leaves. Wasabi leaves are wide and shaped like a heart. Generally, the restaurants that provide wasabi paste are made from wasabi powder.
Of course this is cheaper than making it yourself from fresh wasabi roots. Because, wasabi root is very expensive. “Fresh wasabi root is around Rp 3 million,” Chef Chomei said.
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?