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Old 10-15-2005, 11:16 AM   #1
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Japanese Reccomendations

Well tonight i'm going out to a japanese restaurant with my parents, and aside from a little bit of sushi, it's our first real experience of Japanese food. Are there any things that i should specifically look out for as a newcomer to Japanese food, that would be good to start on, any things that really have to be tried. I expect we'll go for a set menu, but any ideas would be grateful.


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Old 10-15-2005, 11:20 AM   #2
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I don't know if it's actually Japenese, but, what I got at the only place I ever went to was fried Kalamary {sp}

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Old 10-15-2005, 11:44 AM   #3
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I've have friend squid in Italy..Greece.. and America. I don't know if it's Japanese.

Have a great dinner!

Fried squid... I mean I've had FRIED squid.
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Old 10-15-2005, 11:48 AM   #4
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I don't eat Japanese a lot, but if you want some Japanese food that is non-sushi to try. Give their ramen noodles or noodles in a broth a try. That's a good place to start. Of course there is always your typical rice dishes (think bento box, rice, veggie & protein of some sort).

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Well i want to try more sushi, i've enjoy what i'd tried so far.
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Old 10-15-2005, 12:14 PM   #6
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if you are feeling adventurous, my favorite item at a sushi restaurant is ikura (salmon roe) with a raw quail egg on top. yum! i am also particularly fond of hotate nigiri (raw scallop sushi) and monkfish liver, which is cooked. also, if the restaurant that you go to offers pickles, order them! japanese pickles are IMO absolutely divine.

i always order some little salads with my sushi if they are available... a lot of japanese places have seaweed salad, and one dish that i love is ohitashi, which is vinegared spinach. i also like tonkatsu, which is breaded deep fried pork... this is making me hungry. japanese is one of my favorite cuisines.
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Old 10-15-2005, 12:54 PM   #7
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If you want an "authentic" Japanese experience, it's a good idea to start with a small bowl of miso soup. It's traditional and a great start to a sushi meal.

If raw seafood makes you feel squeamish, then consider starting with rolls and pieces that are cooked: ebi is a piece of cold cooked shrimp served on a small piece of pressed rice. There's normally no wasabi with it. It's good for beginners, as is a california roll which has cooked or imitation crab meat. The freshwater eel is normally lightly broiled and it's another must-try.

Fish roe (I like tobiko, flying fish roe) and squid will give you unique texture experiences. The fish roe bits pop and explode in your mouth as you chew.

If you want the full-on experience, consider sitting at the sushi bar. There, you can sip some infused sake (if you're a drinker) and watch the masterful chefs at work creating your little pieces of art.

And a quick etiquette note: contrary to many folks' beliefs, rubbing your chopsticks together before your meal is a no-no and an insult to the restaurant. Some say it's a practical act to get wood splinters off the ends of the sticks, but really it's suggesting to the restaurant that you think they were too cheap to buy quality utentsils.
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Thanks a lot, keep it coming, i'm going to note some of these down so i know what to go for.
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Old 10-15-2005, 01:25 PM   #9
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I love Japaneese food. I started out with tuna. It seems to be my favorite. Even though it's not traditional one of the restaurant's in Oklahoma offered a seared tuna sushi roll which was perfect for my first sushi experience because it was cooked, but not all the way. Now I eat the regular tuna rolls and love them.

For something a little different than the tuna sushi rolls, the Japaneese place right down the block offers tuna tare tare which is placed on top of a wasabi sauce, a lemon wedge in between, friend crisp pieces on top with a dallop of fish roe. I usually try to order that whenever I get a chance.

If I'm not in the mood for raw fish I usually go for tempra. This is a light batter that is put on vegetables and shrimp then fried and served with a tempera sauce. I usually eat this with a chicken or beef teriyaki, miso soup, and a green salad.
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Old 10-15-2005, 01:37 PM   #10
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Without knowing what's on their menu, get one of their teishoku dinners. It's a complete meal with several dishes included and you should be able to choose from different types of entrees.

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