Difference Between Japanese and Chinese Food – Unnoticed differences

Compared to cuisines that originate in the West, Eastern cuisine is quite different. Yet, looking at various types of eastern cuisine, one might find that they have rather prominent similarities. There are a few differences as well. Most may not see it but especially when it comes to Japanese and Chinese cuisine, there are stark variances.

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Greasy vs Non-greasy

Chinese food is very common among many palates across the world and therefore, we know all too well that Chinese food is oily. On top of that, the Chinese also include carbohydrate-rich ingredients in mostly all dishes such as rice and noodles. While the Japanese too include the aforementioned dishes, food is less greasy and light to the stomach making it the healthy choice.

 

Pan vs Teppan

The Chinese tend to see that their food is evenly cooked and therefore use a wok that rolls the ingredients constantly. The Japanese, on the other hand, use flat pans called teppan which is sort of like a grill used on high heat such as those seen at Teppanyaki restaurants. This keeps the food crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside.

 

Raw

If you’ve tasted anything from restaurants like Benihana Thailand, you’ll know just how much the Japanese love raw food, especially raw seafood. Chinese too eat raw food, but only when it comes to vegetables like green onion and spices like garlic.

 

Black tea vs Green tea

Both food cultures have the element of tea within them. However, the Chinese drink black tea while the Japanese drink green tea. Both teas aid in the digestion of food while cutting off excess oil consumed.

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What is “Teppanyaki” – A unique culinary experience!

A cuisine that originated in Japan and currently gaining much popularity is “Teppanyaki” read on to know what it is and know more about this amazing cooking practice.

Teppanyaki

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What is it?

Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. the griddle is kept searing hot to cook food quicker and the cooking method gives the food a unique flavour that many will start loving once they try.

What can you have in Teppanyaki?

Almost all meats and vegetables can be cooked in this style but the most popular food item that is cooked on the griddle is steak. The meat on the griddle takes just a few minutes to cook and once done it will certainly be a delight to savour. Apart from steak, other food items such as shrimp, scallops, fish, chicken, mushrooms and many others can also be cooked Teppanyaki-Style.

The Griddle

Teppanyaki Griddles are called Teppan, they are flat and mostly propane heated. They are used to prepare food in front of the guest which makes their appetite grow and to provide them with a unique dining experience.

Where can you find Teppanyaki?

This type of cuisine can be enjoyed in many Japanese restaurants, there are also a number of special teppanyaki restaurants the likes of Benihana Thailand and that specialise in serving food that is prepared this way. Visiting one of them will certainly be an amazing culinary experience.

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Must try dishes at Benihana Thailand – A delectable experience!

Benihana is a popular restaurant that is well known for its mouth-wateringly delicious food items. Here are some of the most decadent dishes served at the restaurant and are really easy to make from home.

Haystack Tempura

This is one of the signature dishes served by the restaurant and it is made by deep frying selected vegetables such as carrots, beans mushrooms and corn dipped in Kikkoman Japanese Style Tempura Batter. It is then served with drizzle a special dressing and the juice of a citrusy lemon to taste.

Teriyaki Chicken and Vegetable Bowl

Treat your palate with the most delicious teriyaki chicken recipe yet! This miraculously simple yet flavourful dish is prepared by cooking succulent cubes of chicken in teriyaki sauce with vegetables of your preference and it is served hot with Udon noodles or a bowl of steamed rice.

Yoshinoya Beef Bowl

Locally known as Gyudon the beef bowl is one of the most popular meals in Japan. The dish is from thinly sliced beef and onion that is stewed in a sweet and savoury dashi broth that is flavoured with sake, mirin, and soy sauce. Then the cooked meat is then served with a hot bowl of steamed rice topped with the reduced sauce from the dish.

Azuki Red Bean Ice Cream

The Azuki Red Bean Ice Cream is a famous dessert that is consumed across the islands of the Pacific and one of the sought over desserts in Benihana Thailand and many other Teppanyaki restaurants. The decadent dessert is made from sweetened red Azuki bean mixed with milk egg yolks and sugar and stirred on medium heat till it thickens and then it is refrigerated overnight for it to get an ice creamy texture.

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