How to eat Japanese dishes

When you visit a Japanese restaurants, most of dishes you order, are accompanied by steam-cooked white rice – which is different from the short grain rice common in Poland. You might be wondering is there a special way of eating rice – Japanese Style? The rice is served separately in small bowls so that it can be held in one hand and the chopsticks in the other. At this point, some hand-eye coordination may be required, and you need to keep the bowl close to your lips and put small chunks of rice to your mouth. You should remember not to pour soya-sauce to the rice-bowls. The correct Japanese etiquette is to dip small portions of rice in a sauce which is served in special little containers on the side. Even eating rice in Japan is an art.
Most people identify Japanese cuisine with just sushi, which has become very popular not just in Poland but in the entirety of Europe. Just in case you felt like eating sushi like the Japanese do, here are a few hints. Each portion is served with soya-sauce and small soya dish to pour the sauce into – in Japan, wasting the sauce is considered bad manners. Also, remember the wasabi (spicy green paste) can be added to the soya sauce, it can be very spicy so always check how much you put in the sauce before eating. Some sushi, like Nigiri, should be dipped in soya-sauce on the fish side, not rice side. And last but not least, most important rule – never cut sushi into small chunks. Preparation of sushi rolls is an art, so dividing it into pieces is considered an insult to the chef.
Ramen is a very popular dish in Japan, and is now gaining popularity in Poland. It requires skill to make a delicious soup, and Ramen chef usually trains for a long time to make a good ramen soup. The broth offers a unique set of flavours. When it comes to this delicious Japanese favourite, there’s a right and wrong way to indulge:
  1. Use all 5 sense – smell the aromatic broth – it will compliment the overall favour.
  2. Don’t overload your chopsticks. Grabbing too many noodles all at once makes it nearly impossible to wrap them all neatly. It’ll help you with twisting, too.
  3. Don’t be shy about slurping. – While it may be uncouth to slurp your soup in Poland, slurping is customary when you are really enjoying a Ramen.
  4. ☺ mmmmmh – delicious!
Miso is a paste made from fermented soya beans and barley or rice malt. It is rich in essential minerals and a good source of various vitamins (B, E, K and folic acid). The miso soup is one of most characteristic soups from the heart of Japan. To consume this healthy soup, sip the broth holding the bowl in both hands and eat any of the remaining solid ingredients with your chopsticks.
01 June 2018