Today washoku (Japanese food) is enjoyed worldwide, and it is soy sauce that is the deciding factor for its flavoring. Tempura and sushi are thought to have become popular during the Edo period (1603 - 1867), and since then, Kikkoman Soy Sauce has underpinned the deliciousness of Japanese food for centuries. Various foods in Japan are still evolving, while both flexibly incorporating the food cultures of other countries and preserving Japanese traditions.
Sushi, prepared with various ingredients and freshly steamed rice mixed with sushi vinegar. From zukedon (sushi in a bowl) that can be easily prepared at home to temaki (sushi in a seaweed cone) for gatherings, Japan has a wide variety of sushi options. Enjoy together with Kikkoman Soy Sauce, and the distinct aroma and salty flavor it imparts.
Masks the Odor of Ingredients
Dipping raw fish and meat into Kikkoman Soy Sauce masks the odor of these ingredients and brings out a richness of flavor. A quick dip is enough, however marinating for several hours will soak in the flavor and elicit a smooth rich taste from the ingredients. Feel free to use as much as you like. For More Information
Dipping Hand-pressed (Nigiri) Sushi in Soy Sauce
Sushi is to be lightly picked up with clean hands, quickly dipped into soy sauce and then eaten. If you dip the top part of sushi into the soy sauce, the rice is less likely to fall apart.
The sensation of biting into hot and crispy tempura is the best. Even better, many tempura specialty restaurants make it freshly right in front of patrons.These battered and deep-fried vegetables and seafood are tastiest when eaten after a generous coating with tare (yakitori soy-basting sauce).
Yakitori is chicken chopped into bite-size pieces or chicken meatballs grilled on skewers, dipped over and over again in a sweet and spicy soy sauce and then grilled to perfection. The pleasant aroma of freshly grilled soy sauce is exceptional, and Yakitori is a classic casual appetizer. In Japan, stopping off at Izakaya (Japanese gastropub) to enjoy yakitori with an alcoholic beverage is a favorite afterwork pastime.
Yakitori Skewer Tips
Ingredients do not easily fall off skewers. Grab a skewer and directly bring it to your mouth to eat. Izakaya (Japanese gastropub) often have containers to collect used skewers on the table, so try to locate them next time you go.
Ramen base can be made by using stock from chicken, pork, fish or vegetables. It can be further flavored with miso and salt, however the deciding factor for its flavor is aromatic Kikkoman Soy Sauce! Differing in the thickness of noodles, seasoning, and ingredients, there is a vast variety of ramen shops in Japan.
Yakiniku means Japanese style BBQ which is thin cuts of meat and veggies grilled right on the dining table as a communal activity. Sometimes a hot plate is used instead, and even more rarely yakiniku is prepared separately as a side dish. Yakiniku is served with tare, a richly-flavored soy sauce.
Hot Plate for Home Parties
In Japan many homes have a hot plate on hand. When family and friends gather, it's fun and easy to grill together. Yakiniku is a favorite menu for such times and can be enjoyed with an array of different sauces based on soy sauce to satisfy the flavor preference of each guest.