Japanese food, like
a lot of other ethnic foods, comes in lots of varieties. Udon
are Japanese noodles. Miso soup is a soup that is clear with
yellow clouds of miso and tofu. Some of my favorites are sushi
and tempura shrimp and vegetables. Tempura shrimp and vegetables
are vegetables and shrimp dipped in a thick batter and fried.
Sushi is raw fish with rice. It can be wrapped in seaweed or
it can just be a square of rice with a slice of the fish on top.
There are a lot of different types of sushi: sushi made from
tuna, salmon, vegetables and more. The one I like best is called
the “California Roll”. It is crabmeat and avocado
surrounded by rice and held together by a strip of seaweed. Another
dish a lot like sushi is sashimi, or raw seafood. Since Japan
is island seafood is a large part of their native cuisine. Wasabi
is a spicy, usually green paste. It is the equivalent to America’s
horseradish. Yakitori is grilled chicken on sticks. Okonomiyaki
is a bit like a cross between a pancake and pizza. Rice is a
common side dish in Japan accompanying many dishes. Onigiri is
a riceball wrapped in seaweed. I hope this little bit about Japenese
food will make you want to try some if you get a chance!
A bowl of miso soup.
An assortment of traditional Japanese sushi.
staple foods of Costa Rica are favorites all over the world:
chicken, fish and beef. Rice and black beans cooked together
with barely a hint of onion, red pepper, cilantro and broth is
a favorite dish. Beans and rice are another foods that are used
often Costa Rican traditional meals. Fruit is yet another food
that is common to find as part of a Costa Rican meal. The favorite
fruits are bananas and oranges. Turtle eggs, chicken and rice,
tuna and rice, and quesadillas are some more popular dishes. “Limón
dulce” is a popular drink with a sweet lemon flavor. The
food is very simple, but tasty.