Japanese in Manhattan please

"Close view of a Geisha eating tofu with chopsticks" Chris Johns

As a serious “foodie” it is my pleasure and duty to indulge in as many culinary delights as possible. I can be pretty adventurous when it comes to pleasures of the palate; there is nothing I won’t try as long as I am not allergic (sorry, peanuts). One of my current food obsessions is Japanese cuisine.

According to Japan’s history, their dishes were heavily influenced by Chinese and Korean cultures. Teas, chopsticks and a variety of food items were imported from China and rice was imported from Korea.  Japan had strong Buddhist beliefs that prohibited meat consumption, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that they had a lack of meat and dairy products. Fish was abundant and a significant substitute to meat.

In modern times, though the Japanese have incorporated meat into their diets, (Kobe beef, yum!) seafood and vegetables remain to be the primary components on a Japanese menu. What I appreciate most about the Japanese is the love they put into a dish: freshness, presentation, and balance of flavor is of paramount importance.

The following photos were taken  at various occasions in one of my most beloved authentic Japanese restaurants, “Donburiya.” So, until I take that long journey into Japan, I will settle for the next best thing. 🙂

Deep fried smelts. Yum!

Beef tripe stew topped with tofu and scallions.

Jelly fish salad, gelatinous in texture. Very interesting. Try it sometime.

Gobo chips with cod roe paste! Delish!

Sea Urchin with a side of two Quayle eggs. Completely raw. I love it!

A big steaming bowl of ramen noodles with pork broth and an egg.

Mixed seafood stew.

Fluke Fish.

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