Friday, March 17, 2017

Nagoya: Japanese Curry

Kon'nichiwa! Did you know that Japanese Curry was actually based on British Navy Curry. For a fact, the Imperial Japanese Navy adopted a similar curry in the 19th century. Though, Japan's navy still serves it every Friday. The curry spread from the navy to Japan's civilian population in the Meiji-era.  Over the years, it has adapted to local tastes. This is why Japanese Curry has become one of the top favorites of the Japanese, aside from its exquisite taste it is somehow a part of their culture. 

Well, who wouldn't love the combination of sweet, savory, mildly spicy gravy taste of curry, right? Pair it with fish and rice just like how the Japanese people does and boom! PERFECTION right in front of your very eyes. But did you know that there are some other facts that you might not know about the Japanese Curry? Well, Here are some:

1. Eating Hot and Spicy Food is actually good during Summer

The Japanese people believe that the spices in curry can cool your body and improve metabolism by making you sweat and stimulate your appetite which is usually hard to develop during Summer.

2. Japan adopted the curry thickening agent from France

Japan adopted a sauce-thickener called "Roux" in French cuisine. This is to make curries without any lumps. Also, this adds richness to the taste of curry.


The typical and legit Japanese curry is simply mild, sweet and is not as spicy compared to curries from other cuisine. This is why many kids in Japan love it. Schools in Japan actually serve it for lunch.

4. There are 3 primary curry types in Japan

Well, there are actually three types of curry apart from the usual rice and curry. First is, Kare Nanban which is soba in curry-flavored soup, then, Kare Udon or udon noodles in curry-flavored soup. Last is, Kare pan or dough stuffed with curry paste, breaded and deep-fried. One thing's for sure! It's all good!

5. There are endless possibilities with Japanese curries

Whether you're a meat-lover or a vegan, there are lots of ways on how you can enjoy Japanese Curry. Though, typical Japanese curries are made of onions, potatoes, carrots, pork, and beef, every household in Japan have their own version of curry. Even in the levels of spice and flavors of it. It really depends on their preference.

That's it! Thanks for reading! We hope to see you soon here at Nagoya :) 

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Nagoya: Sushi Madness

Hey there, Sushi Lovers!

In today's blog, we will be talking about your favorite Japanese food "Sushi." The savory and mildly sour taste of this Japanese goodie has become the "go-to-food" of not only the Japanese but also some of the people around the world. Kids, Adults, Young Adults, and most especially Professionals who always seek for a quick fix during office hours. Aside from the fact that it is so easy to eat, it also packs an all in one food that comes in handy. It has rice, meat or fish, veggies, and sometimes, fruits. So, what more could you ask for? It is definitely a complete and delicious meal for you! 


The Japanese people believed that an "Itamae"or a Sushi Chef  "he who stands in front of the (cutting) board" must be a skilled chef, a gifted communicator and a multi-talented artist. It requires patience, courtesy, dexterity, and confidence. The path to becoming a master of the Art of Sushi-Making is quite harsh and highly demanding. Traditionally, it takes 7-10 to become an "Itamae." But, nowadays many sushi chefs learn in schools and sushi academies , and others are self-taught. 


The authentic Japanese Sushi is so complex and here are the common types of Sushi :


Hand-pressed sushi rice that comes with wasabi and a topping, neta, draped over it. Popular in Tokyo. 



Marinated or boiled fish on top of rice shaped in rectangular wooden molds, then cut into small pieces. A specialty and favorite as well in Osaka. 


Matured Sushi and the oldest type. Fish and salted and wrapped in fermented rice to prevent the fish from spoiling. The fermented rice is then discarded and only the fish consumed.



A special type of nigirizushi where the topping, commonly fish roe, is prevented from falling off by a strip of nori around the sides.


Sushi rolled with a bamboo mat. The rice and filling is typically wrapped in seaweed, nori, and cut up.


Typically a pouch of fried tofu filled with sushi rice.


Or "scattered sushi" this is a bowl of sushi rice topped with raw fish and vegetables.

In Japan, every food must have the cook's heart and soul into it. As a result, they produce really delicious food for everybody to enjoy. This makes the Japanese people so amazing. Their dedication for food is so sensational. 

Did we make you hungry?

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