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The eating habits of the culture - Japan.

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"Food and An Australian Identity" The eating habits of the culture (foods eaten; main ingredients; methods of cooking; meal times; who prepares the meal) The Japanese cuisine is known for its simplicity and beauty. The Japanese cuisine is known to be one of the world's most healthiest diets. As the Japanese serve their meals raw or slightly cooked with a bit of fat also used. This was influenced by their Buddhist faith, which as Buddhists; they were not allowed to consume meat or dairy products. The Japanese diet does not only contain sushi; there are other meals that are also very well known. The Japanese are also known for their teriyaki; marinated beef/chicken/fish; sukiyaki; thin slices of beef, bean curd and vegetables; tempura; deep fried seafood and vegetables; sashimi; slices of raw seafood dipped into soy sauce and of course the sushi which is slices of raw seafood placed into dried seaweed with some lightly vinegared rice. ...read more.


Their breakfast includes fish, rice, miso soup (fermented soybean soup), Japanese pickles, and dried seaweed, with occasionally a raw egg with a small amount of rice. Lunch would normally contain some meat, fish or seafood, rice, miso soup, and a small salad. And as a beverage, they would drink coffee or tea more often than not. The perfect Japanese dinner would include boiled rice, clear soup/miso soup, boiled vegetables, fish or meat, sliced raw fish and pickles. Sake (rice wine) would be drunk or the normal beer known by the world would be drunk instead. Sayo (the chef; person who prepares a meal) usually prepares the meals. There is no specific gender on which Japanese cooks and prepares the meal. Food for special occasions (celebration days; foods eaten) Special occasions must always involve food, to be able to have a good time. ...read more.


This meal is usually served in lacquer boxes and believed to bring good luck, happiness, and wealth. Other information The Japanese are very conscious about theirs and others table manners. When brought into a restaurant, you are expected to be able to sit in the seiza position. The seiza position is when you sit kneeling without a bent back. You must remain in this position for the whole meal. The rules for eating are: * Don't start eating until everyone is served * It is good manners if you eat everything in the bowl; to the last grain of rice * It is impolite to pour yourself a drink * It is okay to make slurping noises while eating The proper uses of chopsticks are: * Do not stab chopsticks into your food. * Do not point your chopsticks at someone. * Do not use chopsticks to move plates and dishes around. * Do not wave your chopsticks in the air. ...read more.

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