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Components of a Traditional Japanese Meal


To understand Japanese cuisine, it is helpful to understand the components  of a basic Japanese meal.  Start by reading this article and in no time you'll be able to create delicious Japanese meals at home. 

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Best Japanese Cold Noodles for Summer

Popular chilled Japanese noodle dishes include soba, udon, cha soba, somen, and hiyashi chyuka. These refreshing dishes are simple and easy to prepare.

Cold Green Tea Soba Noodles (Cha Soba)

“Cha soba” is a thin Japanese soba noodle infused with green tea or “ocha”, made of buckwheat flour or “soba-ko”, wheat flour or “komugi-ko”, green tea.

Japanese Mountain Yam (Nagaimo) Salad

Nagaimo (Japanese mountain yam) salad is an elegant appetizer of raw, crisp yam that can be prepared quickly and is served with soy sauce and simple garnishes.

Avocado Wontons

Avocado wontons are fried gyoza wrappers with a filling of fresh chopped avocados and apricot soy dipping sauce. A great appetizer for the summer.

Japanese Beef Skewers (Kushiyaki)

Sophisticated dish of Japanese skewered beef or kushiyaki with bold Asian flavors bursting with savory and sweet goodness. Perfect for grilling season.

Grilled Japanese Eggplant (Yaki Nasu)

Chilled yaki nasu or grilled Japanese eggplant is a delicious and quick summer dish that can easily be incorporated into your Japanese meal.

Okinawa Dango

Okinawa dango is a favorite summer dessert at Japanese Obon festivals and is a cake-like donut hole that is garnished with sweet powder sugar.

Myoga Ginger Pickled in Miso

White miso pickled Japanese myoga ginger is a simple yet refreshing summer side dish that is bursting with sweet, savory, and vinegary goodness.

Edamame Mixed Rice (Maze Gohan)

Edamame mixed rice, or Japanese maze gohan, is a simple yet delicious brown rice bursting with edamame, nametake (seasoned mushrooms), and seaweed.

Chilled Okra Salad

A simple yet elegant Japanese okra salad, chilled to perfection and garnished with dried bonito flakes and soy sauce. Perfect for a hot summer day.

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