TRYING JAPANESE CANDY!!

18eb7xdieb0m2jpg

Let’s investigate Japanese candies.   But let’s begin with a candy that in America we know and love in one flavor, the Kit Kat.  But in Japan there are at least 15 flavors of Kit Kat.

Advertisements

Japanese Tempura Fried Ice Cream Recipe

After visiting a Musashi Restaurant in Northridge, California, I recently got exposed tempura fried ice cream.imgres  The concept is similar to the once popular fried Mexican ice cream.  This is a great dessert recipe idea for your small dinner party or romantic dinner for two.  The presentation will be a scene stealer.  – Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor

It was hard more to envision the execution of the recipe so I found a quick about 1 minute link on How to Make Tempura Ice Cream.

Tempura Fried Ice Cream Recipe:

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 4 slices pound cake (1/2 inch thick)
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying

Japan: About Basashi

Horse meat is the culinary name for meat cut from a horse. It is a major meat in only a few countries, notably in Central Asia, but it forms a significant part of the culinary traditions of many others, from Europe to South America to Asia. The top eight countries consume about 4.7 million horses a year. For the majority of mankind’s early existence, wild horses were hunted as a source of protein. It is slightly sweet, tender, low in fat and high in protein.

However, because of the role horses have played as companions and as workers, and concerns about theethics of the horse slaughter process, it is a taboo food in some cultures. These historical associations, as well as ritual and religion, led to the development of the aversion to the consumption of horse meat. The horse is now given pet status by many in some parts of the Western world, particularly in the U.S.A. and U.K., which further solidifies the taboo on eating its meat.

In 2005, the 5 biggest horse meat-consuming countries were China (421,000 tonnes), Mexico, Russia, Italy, and Kazakhstan (54,000 tonnes).

Basashi

(Photo by Liz Becerra-Basashi)

Raw, sliced horse meat, known as Basashi as served in Japan.  It is often served on a bed of ice with condiments like soy sauce, shiso leaves, and daikon (Japanese radish).

According to Japanfortheunivited.com, before 1867 and the Meiji restoration, Buddhist beliefs prevented people from killing animals for food. However, during hard times, this became unavoidable – but there weren’t many animals around. Despite being highly valued domestic animals, horses would have been obvious candidates for the dinner table, which is where the basashi tradition started.

France Restaurant Week: Japan Oct. 4-10

 

 

In June 2010, an event called Tous au Restaurant (“let’s all go to the restaurant”) was held throughout France.  Proposed and realized by Alain Ducasse Enterprise, diners participating restaurants could enjoy lunch or dinner at affordable prices during a one-week period.  Now celebrity chef Alain Ducasse is bringing Tous au Restaurant to Japan. 

Continue reading

Tokyo Marathon Deadline Approaching

The Tokyo Marathon is one of Japan’s most popular road races and one of the largest city marathons in Asia.  Although the Tokyo Marathon is still developing as an event and has a shorter history than the world’s great marathons in London, Berlin, New York City, Chicago and Boston, it has been recognized since 2010 as a Gold Level marathon by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).  Tokyo Marathon’s reputation continues to grow and the number of applicants is rising steadily with an oversubscription rate of 9.6.

In March this year, Tokyo was temporarily affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, but now the city is back on its feet and welcoming many visitors from around the world.  We are delighted that now, thanks to the wonderful support and commitment we have received from everyone involved in the Tokyo Marathon, we are in a position to move forward with our preparations for the 2012 event. (Read More)

Chicken Teriyaki Recipe

Teriyaki (照り焼き, テリヤキ) is a method of Japanese cooking in which sliced meat or fish is grilled, pan-fried, roasted or broiled in a special sauce made from soy sauce, sugar, mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine) and sake (rice wine). The word “teriyaki” derives from the word teri, which refers to a shine or luster given by the sauce, and yaki, which refers to the cooking method (grilling or broiling).  Teriyaki is used in most Japanese dishes. Traditionally, the meat is either dipped in or brushed with the sauce multiple times before completion. (Click to See Recipe)

Japan earthquake, tsunami

BREAKING News: Japan has been hit with an 8.9 earthquake, tsunami. Many people have been killed and are missing.  This quake is the same size as the Chile earthquake.  Earlier Friday, wave surges hit the islands of Hawaii with one report of a 12-foot wave with a 100-foot surge on the Kona coast of the Big Island, Fryer said. He added that if coastal areas had not been evacuated people would have been killed by the tsunami.Several countries are feeling the ripple effect.

Japan: About Grilled Unagi(Eel)

Grilled unagi is a relatively expensive delicacy in Japan, prized not only for its flavor but also for its legendary stamina-giving properties. It’s traditionally eaten during the hottest part of the summer (on the “Day of the Ox” on the lunar calendar) to provide strength and vitality for the rest of the year. READ MORE

Japan: Seijin no hi (Coming of Age Festival)

Coming of age is a serious event in Japan. So serious that the occasion is celebrated every year during the Seijin no hi (Coming of Age Festival). In Japan, twenty is considered to be the beginning of adulthood and is the minimum age for drinking, smoking, and voting.

Up until the year 2000, Seijin no hi was celebrated annually on January 15th. The national holiday is now celebrated every second Monday in January. READ MORE