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Traditional Christmas Fried Chicken in Japan

The traditional Christmas turkey dinner is nearly impossible to come by in Japan. Since the average household oven is smaller than those we have in the United States, turkey is too large to have caught on in the country. So, when Americans looking to keep up their normal Christmas traditions while living in Japan were looking for an alternative, they turned to the fare of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

So big was KFC with American expats that the restaurant began catering to them with their Christmas Chicken special. Back in 1974, diners could come to KFC on Christmas Eve to receive a meal of fried chicken, cake, wine and champagne. After a while, the Japanese began to adopt the holiday habits of their Western neighbors. Today, it’s common to see lines go out the door at KFC and other fried chicken establishments on Christmas Eve. Many people even make reservations in order to assure that they get their Christmas bucket.

If you’re looking to start your own oddball tradition this holiday season, consider incorporating Wild Wasabi. A few plates of bright, festive sushi from our Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood are a fun addition to the cold winter months!

The Plentiful Nutrition of Jalapeno Peppers

Ever since the jalapeno made its way out from its native lands in South America, it has been embraced by chefs and diners throughout the world. This king of peppers is beloved not only for its power to add a bit of spice to a meal, but also its valuable nutritional benefits.

When you eat jalapenos, you’re getting a wide variety of important vitamins and minerals. When you need vitamin C to boost your immune system, it takes only 100 grams of jalapeno to get 143% of your daily recommended value. On top of this, you’re simultaneously getting 32% of your vitamin B6, 24% of your vitamin E, 18% of your vitamin K, and lesser servings of vitamin A, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, thiamine, folate, calcium magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.

If you want to mix the great taste and nutrition of jalapenos in with a quality sushi meal, come to Wild Wasabi in Lynnwood for one of our spicy vegetable rolls, made with jalapeno, lettuce, avocado, kaiware, gobo, and spicy mayo.

Eating Sushi Without Cheating on Your Diet

Are you trying to watch your weight? You may have to give up a lot of your favorite foods when you trim the fat, but at least you won’t have to deprive yourself of a delicious sushi meal. A properly-selected meal of sushi can satisfy many of your nutritional needs, all with a low dose of calories, cholesterol, or saturated fats.

Granted, many types of sushi have the potential to be fattening. These are mostly fusion-style rolls, which are often coated with high-calorie sauces or rolled up with fatty pieces of avocado. However, if you avoid these, you can fill yourself up and quash your cravings with a healthy serving of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Sushi to look for includes albacore, halibut, red snapper, shellfish, cucumber, and other vegetables. Stay away from unagi, tamago, and most futomaki rolls. If you have the option, try enjoying your meal with a cup of green tea to boost your metabolism.

At Wild Wasabi, we offer numerous delicious and diet-friendly sushi options. Join us for a healthy, authentic Japanese meal tonight!

The Longest Sushi Roll in Japan

In February of 2011, when the tsunami struck Tokyo, the community of Kesennuma was likewise devastated. Three years later, after the community had managed to recover from the worst of the disaster, the people of Kesennuma were ready to celebrate their indomitable spirit. To show off this spirit to the world, they banded together to reclaim the record for the longest sushi roll ever rolled in Japan.

To create this roll, three-hundred volunteers came together one Sunday morning at the city’s fish market. Among the volunteers were both local residents and tourists. They used one hundred eighty seven pounds of tuna fish, one thousand two hundred pounds of sushi rice, and one thousand seven hundred sheets of nori, combining them all into a tuna roll that measured three hundred twenty-two meters long.

Though you will probably never find anything quite as prodigiously large at our Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood, you can always count on an impressive dining experience. Come and try some of your favorite sushi and other classic Japanese dishes at Wild Wasabi today!

The Taste of Tuna Tataki

Tataki, alternatively known as toso-mi, is a form of Japanese salad made out of either meat or seafood. The protein is seared quickly, marinated in either rice vinegar or mirin rice wine, and then cut into thin slices to be served with scallions and a ginger paste.

It is from this ginger that the dish derives its name. “Tataki” translates to “pounded”, in reference to the fact that the ginger used in its preparation was traditionally pulverized into a paste with a mortar and pestle before coating the protein.

Tataki is said to have been invented in the 19th century. The Japanese island of Shikoku was the point of entry for the early foreign visitors to the country, so this is where the grilling technique that made tataki possible was first introduced. Sakamoto, a renegade samurai who was inspired by European cooking, is credited with the creation of the earliest form of the dish.

At our Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood, you can experience the great taste of tataki in the form of our tuna tataki roll, prepared with fresh lettuce, cucumber, avocado, onions, and our special house sauce. Come and experience this old Japanese classic at Wild Wasabi today!

What Does “Itadakimasu” Mean?

You may have heard the expression “itadakimasu” if you have any familiarity with Japanese dining. This is a big part of the country’s dining culture, often proclaimed by diners as something of a ritual prior to beginning a meal. But what is the meaning of this curious custom?

Roughly translated, “itadakimasu” means “I receive this food humbly and with appreciation”. It is a phrase that traces its origins to the Buddhist teachings that have influenced much of Japanese culture. According to Buddhism, it is important to show respect for all living things. This includes the creatures that gave their lives for the food that you are eating, the cook who prepared the food, the farmer who cultivated the plants or animals, the host who financed the meal, and any other people who may have been involved in allowing you to eat. “Itadakimasu” is the traditional way of remembering these teachings and offering up thanks to all appropriate parties.

Should you ever find yourself the guest at a Japanese dining table, or if you’re ever sharing a meal with a Japanese friend at our Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood, remember to offer up such thanks as well.

When is Tuna at its Freshest?

Sushi has, for a long time, been a visual art form. Much of the dish’s appeal is found in its presentation, with a pleasing array of colors used to reflect the pleasing taste that the diner is about to experience. Sushi chefs aspire to combine the white of the rice with the green of the vegetables, the black of the nori, and the pink coloration that tuna fish is known for.

After so many years of having perfect, pink tuna presented to us, many people come to expect the strong pink color as an indicator of a properly fresh piece of tuna. However, this is not necessarily going to be the case. If you are ever in the market for high quality tuna, don’t be put off by anything so long as it is not yet turning brown along the edges. Occasionally, fish vendors will actually treat lower quality tuna with carbon monoxide to replicate the pink color that people like.

If you are looking for good quality tuna, there are many good ways to indulge in this favorite fish at our Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood.

Why is Tofu So Popular as a Protein?

It’s no secret that tofu is a health food, popular among vegetarians, vegans, and people who are simply looking to lose a bit of weight. But what is it about this classic soy product that makes it such a strong choice?

The most important part of tofu’s nutrition is its protein content. We all need to get plenty of protein in our diets to build our muscles and other important body parts. Though it is true that there are many potential sources of protein, most meat-free options only give you a few of the nine essential amino acids that humans need. Tofu is one of the best ways to get your complete protein without resorting to animal products.

When you eat tofu, you are getting the protein you might otherwise get from meat, all with far less fat, cholesterol, or sodium. The only drawback is that you need to eat more tofu to achieve your daily recommended consumption. With this in mind, come to our Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood for a tofu salad, a miso soup, or one of many other delicious ways to make tofu a bigger part of your diet.

Pairing Sake with Sushi

You’re probably familiar with how a wine expert will know what kind of wine to pair with a specific dish in order to get the best out of the combined flavors. The same can be done with sake. Try pairing the right grade of sake with your favorite type of sushi at our Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood, and you can take your dining experience to a whole new level.

  • Salmon: This favorite fish goes well with a drink that replicates its slightly oily, clean-finished, vaguely fruity flavor. Look for a medium bodied gingo sake.
  • Tuna: An akami tuna goes best with a light, creamy ginjo sake.
  • Yellowtail: The hamachi sushi is fairly oily and somewhat textured. This makes it a good match for a highly acidic drink, like a junmai ginjo sake.
  • Fluke: Hirami sushi has a firm texture and a delicate, fruity taste. It goes well with a light, super-premium daiginjo sake.
  • California Roll: The crab and avocado of the California roll make it very rich and creamy. Try pairing it with a mildly sweet junmai ginjo sake.

What is Ramune?

Ramune is a variety of Japanese soda, best known for its distinctive bottle design. This bottle is made out of glass and sealed with a marble that is held in place by the pressure of the drink’s carbonation. When you open the bottle, your force the marble down into a lower chamber where it rattles around as you drink. This bottle design is called the Codd-neck bottle, named after the inventor, Hiram Codd. Because of the bottle, Ramune is commonly referred to as “marble soda”.

To the Japanese, Ramune is a symbol of summer. People in Japan will commonly drink these sodas during summertime festivals and warm, summer nights. The popularity of the drink has taken it beyond the original lemon-lime flavor into over thirty-six varieties, including green tea, root beer, teriyaki, octopus, champagne, wasabi, and others. At our Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood, you can try this classic beverage in its original flavor, melon, or strawberry. Come and enjoy a bottle for yourself when the weather starts to turn hot!