Category: food Culture

Japanese foodThe Japanese are known to have a long and healthy life. Apart from its clean air and lifestyle, the food they eat contributes to their longevity. When compared to the food from other cultures, Japanese food has a unique taste that makes us come back for more. So what makes them unique?

Japanese food is an art, both to the taste buds and the sight. Creatively crafted, they mix flavors like salty, sour, sweet, and savory into a single dish, yet they turn out unbelievably delicious and healthy. This creativity is an attention to detail that the Japanese culture practices.

The staple food of Japan is rice. The word “gohan” means rice, and each different meal has that word in it, where “asogohan” refers to “morning rice”, “hirugohan” refers to lunch, and “bangohan” refers to dinner. That is not only for say, the Japanese do eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which regards the importance of it.

The Japanese rarely uses artificial flavoring, as they use sugar, soy sauce and sake as their flavorings. Their flavors tend to be milder than most food of other cultures, and their combinations are also healthier.

As the islands in Japan are mainly filled with mountains, the land is not very fit for cultivation. Thus, quality of the food is highly valued over quantity. Most of the food is served in small portions, but like its culture in any part of Japan, it is a beautiful cuisine. Although the portions of dishes are small, eating three meals of rice gives them enough energy to survive the day.

With the sea surrounding the islands, the Japanese also uses a lot of seafood. One of the well-known fishes that people around the world love to eat would be the salmon fish. Eaten raw or cooked, people love the clean taste of the orange-colored meat. Another favorite would be the eel, or better known as “unagi”, which goes well with sweet sauce.

Much of the uniqueness of Japanese food is how they can make use of common ingredients to become so many different tasting dishes, while keeping them well-presented, satiating, and healthy. Try some, and you may simply fall in love with their food.

There are many cookbooks and online recipes which should guide anybody from a seasoned homemaker to a clueless cook on how to prepare unique Japanese food. A little internet research, compilation of some recipe clippings from magazines, exposure to cooking shows should help in one’s search for new food options.Japanese food

In cooking Japanese food however, it must be noted that ingredients required, may not probably something readily stocked in one’s kitchen cupboards. Most probably, a recipe may require a visit to the Asian grocery store or Japanese deli in your area. It may require a little more effort than usual, but the end-product should be surely satisfying to all senses. After all, Japanese foods are usually filling – with the use of rice, wheat or egg noodles as food base. Incidentally, Japanese foods require careful and meticulous preparation as it is a Japanese cultural practice to give attention to details. Since food is treated as some form of “art,” it is most likely that apart from it satisfying the taste buds, it should also definitely please the sight.

Some of the unique Japanese foods one may enjoy include ingredients such as eel or unagi, Japanese green beans or edamame, amongst many others. There are also distinctive cooking methods applied, such as in shabu-shabu (boiling in pot) for thin sliced beef; okonomiyaki (frying) for any ingredient with unsweetened batter; kushi-age (deep-frying) for most seafood and vegetables; and, kushi-yaki (grilled) for fish, shellfish or vegetables.


Cooking Chinese Food

Chinese food is a general name of various localities and various ethnic dishes. It has a long history and unique features. It is the crystallization of thousands of development of the Chinese cuisine and enjoys the reputation all over the world. Chinese cooking is one important part of Chinese culture. And it’s also known as the Chinese food culture. It’s one of the world’s three major cuisine (Chinese food, French food, Turkish food).

Chinese food culture has always been emphasizing the concerning on color, smell and taste of food. This characteristics can also be summed as refined, delicate and emotion. This is a standard for a course, and is also a standard for a table of dishes. All these reflect the unique cultural heritage that exist in the quality of food, the aesthetic experience , emotional activity and social function during the process of eating activity, and they also reflect the close relationship between food culture and Chinese excellent traditional culture.

Color refers to the color of dishes; it is an organic mix of raw materials and seasoning color. It also a symbol of refine, it is a general summary of the intrinsic quality of Chinese food culture and this sense as a cultural spirit permeates and carries through the entire process of eating and drinking. The choice of materials, cooking and even the eating environment all reflect the refined characteristic of Chinese food.   

Smell refers to the aroma of dishes, including aroma of air and bone. It also reflects the aesthetic characteristics of Chinese food culture. The main reason that why Chinese food enjoys its reputation all over the world lies in its delicacy. This delicacy refers to the perfect unity of the form and content of eating and drinking and the aesthetic pleasure and enjoyment it brings to people. The delicacy of Chinese food not only relies on its taste, but also reflects on its form, color, appliances, even the color of the clothes that servers wear. From see, we can see that delicacy as a basic meaning of Chinese food culture, it the charm of Chinese diet and it goes through each process of eating and drinking.Taste refers to the mouth feel of the dishes. It’s the soul of dishes. And it’s the production of organic mixing of ingredient, seasoning and different cooking skills. In China, eating is actually a medium of emotional communication between people; it is a kind of spectacular social events

New Days With Breakfast!

You know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A good breakfast provides the nutrients that people need to start their day off right. Eating a regular, healthy breakfast does make a difference. Studies show it improves your overall health and well-being, as well as your longevity.

Unfortunately, too many people skip or skimp on breakfast and suffer the consequences. You should also know the benefits of having a breakfast, why it is important to starting your day.
1. Eating breakfast in the morning can improve your memory and concentration and make you calmer.
2. Breakfast reduces fatigue and sleepiness in the mid-morning hours.
3. It improves concentration, increases alertness, and helps one function more efficiently.
4. Start your day with a glass of warm water with the juice of one lemon to help take a load off your lymphatic system, help cleanse your system and detoxify your liver cells.
5. For children, breakfast is important also because it could help them perform better in school, pay more attention, more creative, think better, score higher on tests.

So start your day right. Make time for a healthy breakfast. Don’t leave home without it.

Hunger And Food

Hunger is definitely one of the most powerful drives that humans have. For thousands of years we have worked as a means to get food. People have been starved to get them to do things. Food is the key to life so we are always trying to satiate our appetites. Food is also comforting. It is used as a coping mechanism and acts on the chemistry of our bodies the same way that an addictive drug does. This is why the world is currently in an obesity epidemic that only seems to be getting worse as time goes on.
Glucostatic Theory
In this theory, hunger is said to come from chemical imbalances which occur from low blood sugar levels. When a person does not eat anything their cells lack the glucose they need, which triggers chemicals to be released that tell the brain to eat. We get hunger pangs in the stomach, dizziness, headaches, etc. Once food has been digested and glucose has been sent to the cells of the body and brain, hunger will go away.
Scientists have studied areas of the brain on a quest to find the source of hunger. What research has shown is that hunger originates mostly from an area in the forebrain called the hypothalamus.  When a person’s stomach is empty their lateral hypothalamus is activated and the person gets a signal to search for food and eat. Once a person is full of food fat cells will release the hormone leptin which then stimulates the ventromedial nuclei, activating a signal to stop eating. The paraventricular hypothalamus tells the body what foods it needs and is the cause of ‘cravings’.
Hormones are an important part of feeling hunger. The pancreas releases insulin into the bloodstream when a person has eaten something with sugar. After the sharp increase in blood-sugar levels, insulin is quickly released by the pancreas. The person feels relief from hunger but then might have an increase in hunger shortly afterward depending on the food they ate. This happens especially when people eat very sugary foods like candy bars. Foods high in sugar and starch will quickly raise the level of insulin in the body, helping metabolization of the sugar. Once the glucose has been metabolized, the body will crash back into hunger as the pancreas stops secreting insulin and the hormone disappears from the blood stream.