Can’t-Miss Side Dishes at House of Genji

At House of Genji, we offer a superb selection of mouth-watering side dishes devised to perfectly complement your meal. From classic rice dishes to rich calamari, there’s something on the menu for everyone.

Do you like soy beans in the pod? Be sure to order the edamame. Are you a huge seafood fan? We have a variety of shrimp and prawn dishes to choose from, including cocktail and sautéed. Our sautéed scallops are a crowd pleaser, and the ahi tuna, listed as Ahi Tataki on the menu, is simply sublime. Come often to try each and every one of them.

Tuna tataki

If your mouth is watering just thinking about the possibilities of Japanese dining, come dine with us at  House of Genji. We’ll be happy to help you choose the perfect side dish based on your main menu selection. Call (408) 453-8120 for more information.

 

Spotlight on Traditional Japanese Dining Customs

There are few things the Japanese value more than respect and politeness. This is easy to witness when you are dining in a fine Japanese restaurant. If you’d like to pay homage to Japanese tradition, or if you’d simply like to display the same level of respect they offer, here’s what you need to know about Japanese dining customs:

Business handshake

Showing Gratitude
From the people who grew and harvested the food to the chefs who prepared it and the servers who brought it to you, many people were involved in your meal. It is highly customary to express humble thanks for this service by joining hands and quietly uttering “Itadakimasu,” or “I humbly receive.” If Japanese pronunciation isn’t your strong suit, a simple “thank you” will be much appreciated. Be sure to thank the chef again after your meal.

Knowing Your Table Manners
There are many Japanese foods that most people are not used to eating on a regular basis, so here are some tips. If you’re enjoying sushi, enjoy each piece in one bite. If you’ve ordered the miso soup, it’s  customary  to drink it straight from the bowl. Many people find it difficult to eat noodles with chopsticks. The trick is to guide the noodles to your mouth—and it’s OK to slurp.

Enjoying Everything in Moderation
Just as you shouldn’t order more food than you are able to eat, you should only use a small amount of condiments such as soy sauce. Be careful to gently pour the sauce on your dish, never directly on the food. When you eat, take small bites and try not to lean over your food. The one exception is if you have soup; in this case, you should bring the bowl near to you, don’t bend over it.

Now that you know a few basics about customary Japanese dining, consider coming to dine with us at  House of Genji. We offer a tantalizing selection of traditional Japanese meals and appetizers in our authentic dining atmosphere. Please feel free to visit us online or call (408) 453-8120 for more information or to make reservations.

Why Edamame Might Just Be the Perfect Appetizer

If you’ve never heard of or tried edamame, you’ve really been missing out on an excellent, healthy side dish or appetizer. Edamame is simply soy beans still in the pod that have been lightly boiled and seasoned with a bit of salt.

Edamame is great for an appetizer because it’s super high in protein and fiber. Check out the video to learn more about this fantastic Japanese dish!

At  House of Genji, we offer edamame cooked to perfection on our menu of side items, along with many other tasty dishes. If you’d like to try this amazing, healthful food, whether alone or in combination with an entire meal, come visit us. You can get a glimpse of our menu by visiting our website, or just call (408) 453-8120 with questions or to make a reservation.

Understanding the Basics of the Japanese Diet

Have you ever wondered if the food you get in a Japanese restaurant is actually the same types of food they really eat regularly in Japan? In many cases, the answer is yes, but there may also be more to the Japanese diet than what you’ll find at any one dining establishment. After all, a popular hamburger restaurant is not entirely indicative of the total of Western nutrition. Here are a few Japanese diet facts you may not have known:

Bowl of noodle

Rice is so Much More Than Just Rice 
In Japan,  rice is a huge part of virtually every meal. It is so important, in fact, that the Japanese word for rice and the word for meal are interchangeable—they just add a modifier to the beginning of the word to differentiate between  which  meal. When’s the last time you had rice for breakfast?

Processed Foods are no Foods at All 
The traditional Japanese diet places a huge emphasis on fruits, vegetables, grains, and seafood. While Western diet has definitely had its influence on a typical Japanese diet, the importance of natural, unprocessed foods still remains. Bamboo, watercress, mushrooms, and mangos are extremely popular, and make up a large portion of the diet. Moderation is also important, with most people eating only until they’ve reached 80 percent fullness.

Diversity is Highly Valued
Many cultures fall into a rut when it comes to their diet. They have a handful of favorite meals that they rely on week after week. This isn’t true in Japan. Japanese diners are encouraged to add as many different types of foods into their daily diet as possible—at least 30 per day! And yes, that’s in addition to having rice at every meal.

If you’re interested in discovering what authentic Japanese food is really like, stop by and dine with us at  House of Genji. You are sure to enjoy our savory dishes and comfortable atmosphere. Visit us online, call (408) 453-8120 to make reservations or to learn more about our menu, or just drop by and ask for a table. We look forward to serving you!