Typical Japanese Drinks Favored By Tourist

Typical Japanese Drinks Favored By Tourist

Japanese charm does not only come from the beauty of the tourist destination. You will be addicted after trying the culinary kick on the tongue. Examples such as ramen and sushinya. Not to mention the typical Japanese drink that tastes refreshing. Do you know anything? Some are below.

Japan is not only famous for its tea. You can also enjoy a serving of shaved ice known as Kakigori. Usually, this menu is served with a mixture of fruit flavor syrup, sweetened condensed milk, and additional slices of fresh fruit. Later this variant of shaved ice is increasingly diverse. In fact, some are combined with matcha.

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.

No less popular than Sobacha, there is another drink containing alcohol in it. Especially if it’s not Sake made from rice and yeast. Both ingredients are fermented together with water. Interestingly, there are also alcohol-free sake products. Want to try Sake? It’s best to think twice!

Mochi Cakes – Japanese Traditional Snacks

Mochi Cakes - Japanese Traditional Snacks

The shape, taste, method of making, and raw materials for the mochi cake seem harmless. However, in fact, at the beginning of this year as many as two people died and several others were in critical condition after eating the cake.

They add to the long list of Japanese citizens who have been killed after eating mochi cakes at the New Year’s celebration.

In fact, warnings from the Japanese government that citizens are careful to eat traditional snacks are issued regularly every year.

Mochi is a cake with a shape similar to buns. The texture is soft and somewhat chewy.

The way to make it is to cook sticky rice first, called mochigome. After cooked, the rice is pounded and crushed using a wooden sledgehammer. Next, the rice is then boiled or baked.

The average Japanese family traditionally celebrates the new year by cooking soup while heating mochi.

The mochi cake is sticky and chewy. Therefore, the cake must be chewed before it is swallowed.

The problem is, there are people, like children or seniors, having trouble chewing mochi. In fact, if it is not chewed long or just swallowed, the mocha cake is involved in the esophagus and can cause failed breathing.

According to Japanese media reports, 90% of victims of the mochi cake taken to hospital are seniors aged 65 years and over.

Chew, chew, chew. If it’s difficult, the mochi cake can be cut into small pieces so it’s easy to chew.

Every year, ahead of the New Year’s celebration, the Japanese government issued a warning to the public to consume mochi cakes in small pieces.

However, every year there are fatalities associated with the snack.

At the turn of 2014 to 2015, the number of victims of Mochi cake reached nine people. Then in 2016 one person became a victim. And at the end of 2017, two people died.

That number does not include victims in critical condition, but escaped death.

Do You Know About Dashi ?

Do You Know About Dashi ?

Umami is the key. Without it, cuisine will not have rich taste. During this time we know four flavors, sweet, bitter, salty, and sour. Savory or umami is the 5th taste.

Umami in Japanese cuisine is produced by dashi, a Japanese-style broth. This broth has a tendency to blend with other taste sensations.

Therefore, dashi is used in almost all dishes, from udon, miso soup, to rice preparations.

Chef Masaharu Tada from the Japanese Embassy in Indonesia confirmed this. “Dashi is a cook,” he said.

One important component in making dashi is bonito. You may often hear it later in reporting on expired materials used by a Japanese restaurant.

Bonito is actually the name of a fish, usually known as tuna skipjack. Or if we know it as skipjack. katsuobushi itself takes a long time – more than one month – because it goes through a series of processes, ranging from cutting the head, skinning, and cleaning the contents. Part of the fat in the abdomen is also eliminated because it complicates the preservation process.

After that, this piece of bonito meat was boiled for about one and a half hours. Fish bones are removed after boiling. The process continues with fumigation. This is the longest step, taking about a month.

After that the remaining smoke is cleaned from the surface. Bonito then dried in the sun.

After drying, the bonito is put into a closed room for the fermentation process. Mushrooms that grow on the surface are then thrown away.

This process is repeated until bonito meat is very dry and hard like wood. Mushrooms can’t grow anymore, and katsuobushi is ready.

Magurosoba, Halal Restaurant in Japan That Provides Cold Soba

Magurosoba, Halal Restaurant in Japan That Provides Cold Soba

One of the ‘challenges’ for most Muslim tourists from Indonesia who will travel to Japan is finding a halal food menu. However, along with the growth of tourist visits in Japan, now in Japan has begun to emerge culinary choices that are friendly to tourists who are Muslim. One of them is Magurosoba, a typical restaurant with cold soba that you can visit while in Japan.

Located in the Asakusa area, Tokyo, you can find this halal restaurant by walking for five minutes from Asakusa Station. Magurosoba restaurant is open from 11:30 until 10 pm local time. You need to know, on average, visitors in this restaurant spend 3000 yen, or 385 thousand rupiah per person.

Then, what is typical of Magurosoba? As the name suggests, this halal labeled restaurant provides buckwheat noodles made from wheat. The soba noodles themselves are Japanese specialties which can be eaten in various ways, including yakisoba, kakesoba (hot soba), and zaru soba (cold soba), and between instant foods, fast, home style, and Michelin quality, and with all styles different toppings, you are guaranteed to always be able to find new flavors of soba wherever you taste various soba noodles.

In the Magurosoba restaurant itself, there is one mainstay menu that is hunted by many visitors, namely cold zaru soba aka soba with tuna broth and given a maguro sashimi topping. The combination of the unusual flavors of this dish produced by the chefs at Maguro Soba will truly arouse your taste buds.