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Japanese Comfort Food




Photo (c) Setsuko Yoshizuka
What do you usually eat if you feel like you are catching a cold? In Japan, negi (green onion) and ginger are said to keep our bodies warm and are often consumed. Here are some of traditional Japanese comfort food.

  • Okayu (rice porridge) - It's easy to digest and is easy to eat. Various ingredients, such as vegetables, egg, and meat can be added.

  • Shogayu (hot ginger drink) - Mix 2 tsp of grated ginger and 2 tsp of sugar in a cup, and pour 2/3 cup of hot water in the cup. Use fresh ginger root to make shogayu.

  • Negi-miso-yu (hot green onion drink) - Put 2 tsp of miso and 1 Tbsp chopped green onion in a soup cup, and pour 2/3 cup of boiled water in the cup. It's hot, so let it cool for a bit.

  • Zosui - It's a Japanese rice soup. Usually, leftover steamed rice is simmered in dashi soup with various ingredients.

  • Tamagozake - It's made with sake and egg. This hot alcohol drink keeps the body warm.
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