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Things Worth Knowing Before Visiting A Japanese Restaurant!

There is no denying that Japanese cuisine has become incredibly popular in the West. There are chain fine-dine restaurants and eateries that serve authentic fare. In fact, if you step into a known Japanese Restaurant in Vail or Aspen, you will find almost every classic on the menu, right from sushi and sashimi, to tempura and gyozas. In this post, we are sharing a few things that are worth knowing about Japanese cuisine.

Sushi and sashimi are not the same thing

Don’t get confused with similar sounding names. Sushi is basically Japanese rice that has been seasoned with rice vinegar, and there are varied options in sushi with regards to fillings. Contrary to what some may believe, you can order sushi without any meat or fish. Sashimi, on the other hand, refers to raw cuts of fish and meat, made out of fresh catch/cut. Sashimi is an acquired taste and is never served with rice. Sushi and sashimi are usually accompanied by wasabi and soy sauce.

Always eat your ramen hot – real hot

For the uninitiated, ramen refers to hot noodle soup that can be made in different broth bases, such as pork bone broth or miso soup. The noodle soup is served really hot, and you are expected to eat right away. It is one of the quick meals in Japan, and it should be eaten before the noodles turn soggy.

You don’t need to dip everything in soy sauce

Yes, soy sauce is served with almost everything in many Japanese restaurants, but that doesn’t mean you have to dip your sushi in that. In fact, soy sauce contains a much higher amount of sodium, and we strongly advice that you watch your dips. Also, in case of sushi, chances are high that the chef has done a pretty good job at seasoning the rice, so you don’t really need a lot with it.

Be ready for a lot of rice

Rice is an integral part of Japanese cuisine, and it can be a part of your breakfast meal too. If you are watching your carbs, we would recommend that you check for salads and sides that are as good and not as tummy-filling. Contrary to popular belief, Japanese food doesn’t have to bland to be only dipped in sauces. Something like tempura can be really tasty and a good option on its own, without the rice.

Don’t forget to try the traditional Japanese curry!

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