Japanese people love food. Television here is full of people trying local specialities or cooking local foods. Each area has a food that they are famous for and packages of local foods make great souvenirs for travellers. Unfortunately, they may not be so easy to take back if you are from another country due to custom regulations or difficulty of transport.
To showcase foods of the world, this weekend's topic on the Blog Link Up Party I will show you a few of the Gotochi cards that deal with Japanese food. There are many, but these are some of my favourites!
My prefecture, Yamagata-ken has two cards that deal with food. The first is Sakuranbo or cherries.
|Yamagata is famous for cherries. |
The cherries in the store tend to be more green
than the ones I am used to getting in Canada. They are good though!
This local food is Tama-kon or more properly, tamakonnyaku. These are often seen at festivals or at roadside stops. Tama means ball or egg, and konnyaku is made from konjac or the devil's tongue plant. You may know "shirataki noodles" which are made from the same plant.
Tama-kon are boiled in a soup made out of soy sauce and sugar, possibly with squid in there too!
The yellow on the balls is hot mustard. The whole experience is a bit like eating a hot chewy eraser!
This is Okonomiyaki. Okonomiyaki is a bit like a stuffed pancake. There are many types, I like ones with kimchi or meat or even cheese and curry in them. This example below is Hiroshima-style. Hiroshima style includes noodles, and the foods are layered rather than mixed as in versions in other areas. We have a local shop that makes this food and I really like it.
What would an entry about Food in Japan be without Sushi? I just received this card in a swap. This is Edo-Style Sushi. I really like sushi, but I don't usually eat this much at once!
Thank you for visiting my entry into the Foods of the World Link-up Party. I hope you have enjoyed this look at some Japanese foods. Please visit the other party members to see what cards they feature.