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How Much Do You Actually Know About Japanese Food?

Do you know your onigiri from your yakitori?

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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.

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So you think you know Japanese cuisine? Let's see about that...

  1. What is onigiri?
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    Rice formed into a ball and wrapped with seaweed
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    Thinly sliced raw meat or fish
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    Breaded and fried pork cutlets
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    Grilled meat
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    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.

    Onigiri is rice formed into a ball and wrapped with seaweed.
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  2. What three ingredients are used to make dashi?
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    Water, kombu, and bonito flakes
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    Water, soy sauce, and bonito flakes
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    Water, miso, and kombu
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    Water, soy sauce, and miso
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    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.

    Dashi is made from water, kombu, and bonito flakes.
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  3. What is mochi?
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    Pancakes filled with red bean
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    A sweet paste made from adzuki beans
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    A confection made from glutinous rice
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    Caramelized bread
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    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.

    Mochi is a confection made from glutinous rice, sugar, and water.
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  4. What are soba noodles made out of?
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    Agar
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    Wheat
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    Potato starch
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    Buckwheat flour
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    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.

    Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour.
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  5. Yuzu is a type of what?
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    Fish
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    Noodle
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    Soup
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    Citrus
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    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.

    Yuzu is a type of citrus.
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  6. What is miso made out of?
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    Red beans
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    Fermented soybeans
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    Seaweed
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    Fermented mushroom
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    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.

    Miso is made out of fermented soybeans.
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  7. What is yakitori?
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    A fried noodle dish
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    Grilled seafood
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    Skewered chicken
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    Raw egg cooked over hot rice
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    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.

    Yakitori is skewered chicken.
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  8. What is unagi?
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    Thick soy sauce
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    Freshwater eel 
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    Fermented rice
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    Grilled pork
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    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).

    Unagi is the Japanese word for freshwater eel.
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  9. What is tamagoyaki?
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    A layered egg omelet
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    Rice cooked with adzuki beans
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    Cooking wine
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    Dried and smoked tuna
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    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.

    Tamagoyaki is a layered omelet made in a rectangular pan.
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  10. Yuba is another name for what?
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    Seaweed
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    Grilled fish
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    Tofu skin
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    Rice wine
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    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.

    Yuba is another name for tofu skin.
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