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Ways That Rice Is Used in Japanese Cuisine

If you enjoy dining at Japanese restaurants, then you may realize how significant rice is as an ingredient in Japanese cuisine. Continue reading to learn just a few of the ways that rice is used in Japan.

Sashimi

If you’re like many people, then you’re already familiar with sushi. Sashimi is sometimes confused with sushi, which is always served with rice and may or may not include fish or meat. Sashimi, on the other hand, is a dish of thinly sliced and bite-sized raw fish or meat, and it is typically enjoyed with wasabi paste and soy sauce.

Onigiri

Arguably the most common and beloved way to enjoy rice in Japan, onigiri is a kind of rice ball. First, rice is steamed and then seasoned, often with seaweed, salt, and vinegar. Then, it can be prepared in a variety of ways. Typically, the rice is pressed into a round or triangular shape and may then be topped with ingredients like tuna and mayonnaise, pickled vegetables, or red beans. Then, it is wrapped in a piece of seaweed for easy eating.

Sake

Brewed from rice and enjoyed like wine, sake is an alcoholic beverage that is popular and historically significant in Japan. There are many types of sake, and they can vary in quality, cost, and taste.

Mochi

Mochi is cake made from rice that is pounded into a paste. Mochi can be enjoyed in many ways, for example, boiled and served with soy sauce and sugar or baked and topped with sweetened red beans. You can also find premade dessert products that are balls of ice cream wrapped in sweetened and flavored mochi. Zoni, which is a traditional Japanese soup served on New Year’s Day, features mochi as the main ingredient and might also be made with vegetables, meat, and seafood.

At House of Genji, we specialize in serving delicious teppanyaki and authentic Japanese food. If you’d like to make a reservation at our Japanese steakhouse serving San Jose, then please call (408) 453-8120.

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