The fall delights of Japanese culinary
Matsutake dobin mushi (mushroom soup)
Matsutake is an expensive mushroom, dubbed the "king of mushrooms" and very popular in Japanese cuisine. Especially this kind of mushroom is harvested in the fall so "Matsutake dobin mushi" is a famous soup with the characteristic flavor of Fall.
Mushroom soup with sweetness of broth, with a rich taste of the mix of ingredients such as shrimp, seaweed and chicken, this is one of the most attractive Autumn dishes. The soup is served in a clay bowl called dobin, people pour the broth into a small bowl and respectively choose the vegetables to enjoy.
Sanma no shioyaki (grilled saury)
Sanma, also known as Pacific saury, is a common fish caught offshore Hokkaido in Fall. Japanese believe that in order not to lose the taste of fish, it should be processed in the simplest way that is to season it with salt or bake.
Grilled saury is one of the specialties of Japan with delicious and nutritious meat. In Fall, “sanma” is often served in the Japanese daily meal menu, eaten with radish, soy sauce and accompanied by a light sake wine.
Shibui kaki (dried persimmons)
“Kaki” means persimmon, after being harvested, peeled, sun dried, its acrid taste goes away and the fruit gets sweeter. “Shibui kaki” is considered as a gift of Autumn. In Fall in the countryside of Japan, people have these special persimmons dangled in front of the house
“Shibui kaki” is often served with a cup of hot tea has become an indispensable afternoon favorite. Today, this type of dried persimmons is exported to many countries, representing as a specialty of Japan.
Kuri (roasted hazelnut)
“Kuri” is a favorite chestnut in Japan in Autumn. On the streets, you can see roasted chestnut stalls that attract big crowds. In addition, you can enjoy a special cake called “Kuri Manju”. This cake is made from chestnuts, rice and some other ingredients. Another famous food from hazelnut is the delicious Kuri-kinton candy.
Shinmai (New rice)
The first rice granary in Japan is harvested in Fall. The Japanese new rice is said to have a completely different taste than the older, it is sweeter and softer. “Shinmai” is often cooked with mushrooms, chestnuts, sweet potatoes. Enjoying the “shinmai” will give you a special dining experience in Japan.
Nabemono (Japanese hot pot)
Nabemono is simply the name of the Japanese hot pot. Nabe can be eaten in any season of the year but the Japanese think that the best time to enjoy Nabe is in Fall or Winter when the weather is cold. Nabe with a variety of food options such as beef, shrimp, vegetables, tofu and udon noodles does not only look good, but tastes good as well.
Yakiimo (roasted sweet potatoes)
“Yakiimo” is roasted sweet potato, a favorite snack in Autumn in Japan. Roasted sweet potatoes have medium plasticity, aromatic smell and when eaten, they have a rich, irresistible taste.They are a simple yet typical dish of Japanese Autumn foods.
By: Jessica Brown