Culinary Experiences: Tokyo, Japan
I am here in Tokyo at the moment (CLICK HERE to read my World Travels: Japan blog) and wanted to write a quick blog about the food here in Japan. Now Japanese food is world renown for not only being healthy for you but also for looking more like a piece of art than food. The Japanese hold the art of presentation of your meal in just as much regard as what’s in it.
The ingredients are top quality, the portion size is small, and the meal is well-balanced. Even children are sent to school with Bento boxes for lunch that look they belong in an art museum (You can CLICK HERE if you want to see more about that). The meals are based around rice and miso with an emphasis on fish and seasonal ingredients. This is their culture and it’s been that way forever.
So now I would love to share with you some meals that I have eaten here in Tokyo. By the way, the very first picture is some beautiful sashimi that I had which is raw fish with soy sauce and wasabi, garnished with edible flowers and served on a bed of ice. Wonderful!
This appetizer was really yummy but I can’t really say what it was. 🙂 The pink stuff was soft tofu, which was delicious, but I thought that this looked more like a painting than an appetizer.
Tempura most people know well. It’s a thin egg batter over shrimp, fish and veggies and then quickly deep fried. It’s served with a tempura sauce with ginger relish and sea salt.
The photo above is a fantastic grilled fish that was done to perfection. It had herbs and veggies on the side as a garnish.
This braised beef was so tender that it could be cut with just my chopsticks! Amazing!
Above is Salmon Nigiri Sushi & Crab Salad Maki Sushi. The best drink pairing I’ve found for sushi other than green tea is beer. Asahi was my ‘catch of the day’ to go with this meal. Are you hungry yet? 🙂
For dessert a healthy piece of melon with strawberries and, of course, green tea.
Now at another restaurant I wanted some fish, chicken or beef to eat but as my Japanese was as good as the waitresses English (non-existent) I picked from the menu and got this. It seemed to be totally vegetarian – cold noodles with crunchy seaweed and a spicy soup. Never the less it was really good and in the end some locals invited me for a beer with them. It was lots of fun!
I think you can see why I had no idea what I’d ordered. I am sure, however, that on that menu somewhere is the fish that I was looking for! 🙂
The two pictures above were a great chicken noodle soup I had for lunch the other day and a cool picture of the bar at one of the restaurants. I am assuming that most of those bottles are Sake, a rice wine that they usually drink warm.
I couldn’t read the menu at the above restaurant either but at least they had ‘model’ food to point to and pick from. 🙂 Stay tuned for my next blog from Japan coming up real soon!