Many Americans are fascinated by Japanese culture. We've found a
lot to love about the Japanese culture, especially when it comes to the food. If
you want a Japanese flair for your party or you just want a nice Japanese snack
for yourself, here are some ideas.
Yakitori - This popular snack food is a kabob, especially good for parties or casual dinners. It also complements Saki and Japanese beer.
To start with, soak your wooden skewers in water so that they won't burn.
Ingredients: - 3 chicken breasts divided into bite sized chunks - 1 tsp sugar - 2 tbsp sake - 3 tbsp mirin - 3 tbsp soy sauce
Pierce and slide the chicken onto the soaked skewers. Stir up all the other ingredients in a bowl. Now grill the chicken on the skewer, basting it with a sauce.
Edamame - It's finally gotten easier to find edamame in the grocery stores now that Americans have taken a shine to this popular Japanese snack food.
It's easy to serve. You can have it out like a bowl of pretzels (complete with beer for football games), or toss it in a bag as if it were trail mix at eat it on the go. It's a good way to get kids to eat more vegetables. (But be careful if you're allergic to soy!)
To prepare your edamame, wash it thoroughly. Then, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add one tablespoon of salt to the water, then add the edamame. Boil for three to four minutes. Drain, then add a little more salt. Let it cool, then store it in an airtight container.
Sunonomo (cucumber and Daikon salad) - This is an excellent side for just about any meal, though it's also great by itself as a refreshing afternoon snack.
What you need: - 1 daikan radish - 1 cucumber - 5 tbsp rice vinegar - 2 tbsp sugar - 1 tsp salt
First peel the radish, then slice it thinly. Cut the cucumber into equally thing slices.
Cover both vegetables in salt and leave them alone for about ten minutes, letting the salt soak in. Wash the slices and then drain them completely. Mix together the sugar and vinegar, then pour the mixture over the vegetables. Let this sit for 15 minutes or so before serving.
You shouldn't have too much trouble finding Japanese snack foods, because the last few years have seen an expansion in Asian sections in grocery stores. Not to mention there are more Asian specialty stores than there used to be..
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