Japanese food is ~*seriously delicious*~ and also seriously popular, but not everyone knows all of its secrets. For each question, pick the correct answer to see if you're truly a Japanese food fan.
Onigiri is rice formed into a ball and wrapped with seaweed.
The snack is a popular comfort food in Japan sold in many convenience stores. It's commonly filled with salty and sour ingredients such as pickled plum or salted salmon. Get the recipe here.
Dashi is made from water, kombu, and bonito flakes.
It's a simple broth that builds the foundation of many Japanese dishes (such as miso soup). Get the recipe here.
Mochi is a confection made from glutinous rice, sugar, and water.
The mixture is pounded into a soft, dough-like consistency and molded into the desired shape. Get the recipe here.
Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour.
Authentic varieties are made from 100% buckwheat flour, but some recipes use a blend of buckwheat and wheat flour. These protein-packed noodles are usually served chilled, or in a hot broth. Learn more about the nutritious noodles here.
Yuzu is a type of citrus.
It's an aromatic fruit that looks like a grapefruit. The wrinkly skin is used as a garnish, while the juice is used as an ingredient in many sweet and savory dishes. In the United States, bottled yuzu juice is easier to find than the fresh fruit. You can buy it online here.
Miso is made out of fermented soybeans.
The popular Japanese ingredient is made by combining soybeans with koji (a type of mold) and letting it ferment.
Yakitori is skewered chicken.
It's a term used to describe chicken cooked on a skewer and finished with a sweet and salty sauce. Get the recipe here.
Unagi is the Japanese word for freshwater eel.
It's a common Japanese ingredient used in a variety of dishes, such as unadon (sliced eel over rice).
Tamagoyaki is a layered omelet made in a rectangular pan.
It's served in bento boxes, as a snack, or for breakfast. There are several variations of the omelet that include different seasonings and ways of preparing it. Get the recipe here.
Yuba is another name for tofu skin.
It's the layer that forms on top of soy milk when producing tofu. It can be used as a wrapper, cooked like noodles, or eaten as a snack. Buy it online here.
How Much Do You Actually Know About Japanese Food?
Study up on your Japanese cookbooks and you'll be making tonkatsu and onigiri in no time!
You've eaten at several Japanese restaurants and always try something new!
You love classic Japanese dishes, and you might even cook them in your own kitchen!
You know your onigiri from your yakitori! Well done!