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COUNTRY FLAVOURS
HISTORY & INFLUENCES
ICONIC DISHES
Spiceology

Scroll to choose your favourite version of this iconic dish

Scroll to choose your favourite version of this iconic dish

Do you smell this? It’s now time to set your kitchen and do the magic…

Do you smell this? It’s now time to set your kitchen and do the magic…

Country flavours

Like so much of the world, the cuisines of Japan can’t be summed up as one singular idea. From the ancient Kaiseki of the former imperial city of Kyoto, Japanese food has developed through centuries of political, economic, and social change. Known for the dichotomy of simultaneously simple and complex flavours, Japanese cuisine is all about well-rounded, sophisticated tastes in small doses.  […]

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History & influences

Japanese cuisine remains rooted in ancient ideology and has endured in tradition since its conception.  Around 300 BC, Japan shifted from hunter-gatherer to an agricultural society and rice cultivation began.  Influences came from Korea and China where Buddhism initially shunned the consumption of meat as taboo. Upon the decline of the Tang dynasty in the 9th century, Japan made a move toward its individuality in culture and cuisine and the use of chopsticks as eating tools became the norm, previously only used by the nobility and those of high social standing.  […]

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Iconic dishes

Grounded in tradition and elegantly refined, Japanese cuisine ranges from the fresh, clean flavours of sashimi to rich curries, steaming-hot udon and ramen, and stir-fried noodles. Traditional street foods in different parts of Japan include Takoyaki (golden balls of batter with marinated octopus), okonomiyaki (fried noodles with a variety of fillings), nato (sticky, gluey fermented soybeans eaten with rice for breakfast), and sukiyaki.

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Spiceology

Spices don’t always spring to mind when considering the world’s spice route. Originally Japanese food was dominated by garlic and pepper, however, Japan grows and produces many spices and flavours such as red pepper flakes, yellow mustard seeds, ground ginger, sea salt, and white and black sesame seeds. […]

Japan grows and produces many spices and flavours such as red pepper flakes, yellow mustard seeds, ground ginger, sea salt, and white and black sesame seeds.  […]

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