What is Osechi Ryori Anyways?

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What is Osechi Ryori Anyways?

Osechi ryori is traditional food for the new year holiday which used to be for the royals but now it’s for everyone.

Most of food is prepared by drying, pickling, or cooking with lots of salt to avoid using fire when god gets around, but also for giving housewives some rest since osechi ryori considerably lasts long. So people can manage with the leftover during the holiday.

However, fresh food is often used today such as roast beef or even sashimi. Well, it’s just something we couldn’t do in the old days and now we can.

Why is Osechi So Expensive?

If you have seen osechi ryori on ads, you may find it quite pricey like 20K yen (about 200 US). Well, I heard making osechi ryori takes lots of hassle and near the year end, people probably don’t have much time to spend on preparation. I suppose that pays the price? Apparently it is the best business season for those food companies. My mom used to make just easy dishes just to follow tradition and add up whatever food like karaage. Heh heh.

Meanings of Osechi Ryori

Traditionally dishes have meanings like these below.

Kuro mame (Black beans)

For wishing long life and well-being, also working hard (mame in Japanese) until you get tanned like black beans.

Kazunoko (herring eggs)

For wishing prosperity of descendants.

Kamaboko (fish cake)

For good luck with its rising-sun shape and red color (to avoid bad luck) and white (for purity)

Datemaki (egg roll)

For having good education and wisdom with its makimono (scroll) shape.

Kurikinton (sweetened chestnut paste)

Good luck for financial fortune with golden color.

Tai (grilled snapper)

For hapiness and success (medeTAI in Japanese).

Unagi (grilled eel)

By a Japanese term ‘unagi nobori’ (skyrocket).

Kobumaki (simmered rolled kombu seaweed)

For YoroKOBU (happiness)

Takenoko (simmered bamboo shoot)

For wishing growth of children and success in work like bamboo shoot that grows upright fast.

 

Well, these mostly seem like silly jokes but they mean it. Heh heh.

Lastly

How do you find it? May or may not have, it’s always good to know stuff like this for a better understanding huh?

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Authentic Japanese Miso Soup Recipe (Miso Shiru)

miso soup

Que onda guey? It’s Mr. Wada on duty aqui. I’m not sure how much you know about Miso soup. You probably already know, it’s the soup that comes along with sushi or in meal sets at restaurants. You can buy instant miso soup sachets at the supermarket but in this post I would like to share an authentic Japanese Miso soup recipe.

Ingredients (for two servings)

– 30 grams of miso paste
– 500 ml of dashi soup (or the same amount of water mixed with dashi powder)

Toppings (optional)
– tofu (classic)
– wakame (seaweed)
– sliced onions (my favorite)
– chopped green onions
– eggs (goody)

 

Preparing an Authentic Japanese Miso Soup Recipe

1. Heat up the dashi soup.
2. Throw your toppings and let it cook a bit.
3. Turn the heat off, and add the miso paste.
4. Mix Miso with the soup well.

Important:
Since Miso is a fermented soy bean paste, it is NOT supposed to be cooked in high temperature, NOT to kill good bacteria or destroy the enzymes, etc., and not to lose its aroma.

Done. This is MSG-FREE natural Miso soup! Goody.

miso soup

Lastly

How do you find it? It is full of UMAMI! Yummyyyyyyyy. Topping is all up to you. Find the best combinations for yourself and share it with us!

See you around!