Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Do you like Japanese food?
You know, we have some popular food here in Japan like Sushi, Tempura, Shabushabu…
Besides those popular menus, we have some food called unique (strange?) name.
① きつねうどん (kitsune udon) “fox udon (fox noodle)”
② たぬきそば (tanuki soba) “raccoon dog soba (raccoon dog soba)”
③ ねこまんま (neko manma) “cat rice”
④ 親子丼 (oyako don) “parents and child rice bowl”
① きつねうどん (kitsune udon) is udon with deep fried bean curd.
I’ve heard it’s because foxes like deep fried bean curd.
② たぬきそば (tanuki soba) is soba with 天かす (tenkasu) and spring onions. Tenkasu is kind of tempura.
But tenkasu doesn’t have any ingredient inside.
Should I call it “Bits of Deep-Fried Tempura Batter” maybe?
Here’s the photo of tanuki soba.
③ ねこまんま (neko manma) is rice with dried bonito and soy sauce.
The definition of neko manma is different depending on the area in Japan.
Some people call neko manma a bowl with miso soup on rice.
④ 親子丼 (oyako don) is a bowl of rice topped with chicken and eggs.
It’s because chicken and eggs are “parents and child”.
It’s cute, isn’t it?
Have you ever tried those food?
I love all of them.
If you know any interesting name of food in your language, let me know please!