What’s UP JAPAN! 10/27 ONAIR
Here we go on What’s Up Japan! On Shonan Beach FM.
It is getting to the end of October. Typhoon season is still here but it looks we’ll only have a few more before they cease all together.
Today lets’s talk about the most important food in Japan. Yes, we are talking about rice. The Japanese used to eat it three times a day in days gone by. Today, although some still eat it for Breakfast, many Japanese have substituted rice with bread. And of course pasta is now very popular in Japan. You can see that just by looking at all the Italian restaurants you see everywhere.
Rice is harvested in the fall and can be stored for years. But the Japanese, as you probably know love new and fresh ingredients, seasonal ingredients. Like their love for Beaujolais Nouveau.
Recently harvested rice that is sold in December is called Shinmai. Shin is the word for New and Mai being the word for rice. Rice that has been stored for more than a year is called Komai. Ko means old. Rice that is two years old is Kokomai. Three years old is Kokokomai and son one.
Fresh rice is not always desirable. For example, sushi chefs prefer older trice because they feel the Shinmai doesn’t absorb the Vinegar as well as older, drier rice.
Not all rice is the same, there are over 600 varieties of rice in Japan. And about 260 are for eating. Others are used to make anything from rice wine to cosmetics, or even glue.
So when you get over here try the different kinds of rice. It is true that the more expensive ones are quite tasty..
A great way to way to eat rice to get a taste for the various types is to make rice balls out of different varieties of rice and you can really taste the difference. Maybe you can add a little salt on it to really bring out the flavor.