Japanese Food Facts To Blow Your Mind

Written by on August 15th, 2019 // Filed under Blog

Interesting Bits of Knowledge

Tokyo is the International Capital of the Top Restaurants. It beats even Paris. The undoubted world capital of fine dining is Tokyo, with a remarkable 302 Michelin stars in total in 2017. The breakdown as follows: 12 are 3 stars, 53 are 2 stars, and 160, 1 star. Two other Japanese cities make up the top 5 of this list – Kyoto and Osaka.

Japanese courses often consist of only a few items that are mostly fresh and full of flavors. Simplicity is the key. Delicious meals are prepared using simple but top quality core ingredients such as rice, fish, seaweed and noodles. Japanese cuisine fall among the top 3 cuisines in UN record.

In Japan, it’s still very common to eat rice multiple times a day – for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Historically, rice has always played an important role in Japanese cuisine. Almost all sorts of Japanese breakfast comprise rice as it creates a power pack meal which help to supply energy for the rest of the day.

The seafood industry in Japan is huge. Japan is one of the world’s foremost fishing nations, accounting on average for about 8% of the world’s catch. In fact, the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo is the world’s largest wholesale market for fresh, frozen, and processed seafood and sells over 700,000 tons of seafood yearly.

To qualify as a Sushi Chef takes many years of training. It is not uncommon for an apprentice chef to spend 10 to 15 years before he becomes a Sushi Chef. Under the tutelage of a Sushi Master and once skills in sushi preparation is mastered to perfection, the apprentice would have earned his laurels.

Don’t leave a messy table after dining. One is not supposed to leave plates covered with a pile of crumpled up napkins and garbage. It’s considered rude and shows a lack of respect for the restaurant staff and the meal they served. It’s good manners to re-arrange the table so that all dishes are placed the way they were served. Lids must be placed back, used napkins arranged in an appropriate way, used chopsticks placed on the chopstick rest or back into the paper wrap and folded at the top.

Tipping is not recommended. Tipping in Japan can often be regarded as rude. Staff working in Japanese restaurants are usually paid reasonable wages and are well trained professionals. Tipping is looked upon as degrading and is not recommended or required.

Enjoying Japanese in Federal Way

Know more interesting Japanese food facts from your own Japanese spot in Federal Way. But do enjoy a good and filling meal as only we at K-Ton can offer.