Asian Food Primer: Japanese Food

by David Johnson

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Japanese cooking enjoys a reputation as very healthy and has become popular in the United States. Food is usually stir-fried and cut into small pieces. Chopsticks are used.

Common ingredients:


seafood, beef, chicken, rice, soybeans, vegetables, seaweed; fruit

Popular dishes:

sushi (chopped raw fish served with rice soaked in vinegar); tempura, (deep fried shrimp or vegetables); teriyaki (marinated beef); noodles; tofu (made of soybeans); soups

More Information:

Map of Japan

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