Sunday, June 13, 2010

What is Japanese Soul Food?

Shrimp and cheese okonomiyaki

Well, it’s not teriyaki chitlins and black-eyed tofu paste if that’s what you’re thinking!

Japanese soul food is just a term for dishes that are unique to Japan that you will not find anywhere else in the world. This includes regional recipes that have been passed down for generations – some even dating back to feudal times when families had to rely on the natural ingredients of their region, which gradually shaped a specific cuisine. For example, Hakata Tonton will be serving their grilled tonton pork, authentic from Kyushu, Japan. Marukome USA will be offering traditional misoyaki, also known as miso-marinated beef. If you appreciate meat, don’t miss this booth! Ajinomoto Frozen Foods will also be serving gyoza – a popular pan-fried dumpling served throughout Japan – with their special dipping sauce which boasts over 500 years of tradition in Japanese cuisine.

These are only a few of the many savory dishes that JapanTown has to offer. Save the date on September 26 for the JapanTown Soul Food festival to taste unique flavors and diverse cuisine of Japan.


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