In addition to familiar dishes such as sushi, ramen noodles, octopus balls …, Japanese cuisine also has many unique dishes. Each region has its own specialties, such as the Tohoku region on Honshu island.
Harako meshi はらこ飯
Salmon is an important ingredient in Tohoku and Harako meshi cuisine (salmon rice with fish eggs) is a regional specialty. This dish is often made in family gatherings, each house has its own processing. Pieces of cooked salmon are served on rice, adding a bit of roe.
Persimmons fruit stuffed 柿の白和え
Persimmon fruit is taken and formed into a bowl, then the core of the persimmon mixed with other autumn fruits such as grapes, pears, apples, adding a sauce from pine nuts and tofu called shira ae.
Hittsumi-jiru means “Pinched noodle soup with pork”. This dish is very popular in Tohoku, with quite thick broth, adding noodles, pork, mushrooms and many other vegetables.
Oyster hotpot 牡蠣のどて鍋
Miso soup is added little by little, seasoning and vegetables, simmer. Oysters are dipped in to eat until cooked and eaten hot.
Kokeshi Lunch Box
This dish of mixed tofu and vegetables is presented in a box shaped like a Kokeshi doll – a famous souvenir of the Tohoku region.
New Year’s special dishes are called osechi, arranged in boxes of many drawers. In it indispensable kobu maki, delicious salmon algae roll.
Shiso maki means Plum Paste & Perilla Leaves Rolls. In this dish, chestnuts and miso are mixed with roasted sesame before rolling in shiso leaves. Then, they are cooked with sesame oil.