Have a Good Year of the Monkey!

February 8th of 2016 is Lunar New Year, when people throughout the world will be ushering in the Year of the Monkey. Lucky numbers associated with this year are 4 and 9, while unlucky numbers are 2 and 7. The lucky colors are white, blue, and gold, while the unlucky colors are red and pink.

Since a given year is traditionally considered unlucky for people born under the same zodiac sign, this year may be bad for people born in the Year of the Monkey. However, 2016 promises to bring great, unexpected fortune. This is a time when Monkeys should make investments, but avoid gambling or taking financial risks. In terms of relationships, Monkeys are likely to have difficulty this year; the harder you try for a relationship, the less likely you are to maintain one for long. Overall, it’s a good idea to be safe, seize your opportunities when they present themselves to you, and make preparations for the future.

No matter what your sign may be, any year can be a good year if you make quality sushi a bigger part of your diet. Come to Wild Wasabi’s Lynnwood Japanese restaurant to get your Year of the Monkey off to a good start.

Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Salmonella

Last year, numerous cases of salmonella caused people to become concerned about the safety of their sushi. Eleven people had to be hospitalized after eating sushi made from a certain infected batch of tuna. How does something like this happen in this day and age, and how can you be sure to avoid this unfortunate and potentially fatal disease during your own sushi outings?

The first thing to realize is that the sushi linked to each of these salmonella cases came from workplace cafeterias and grocery stores. It is in places like that that you can often expect sushi to sit out in the open for long periods of time, rather than being made fresh to order. This makes it a bit more likely that an unsafe piece will slip past the best sanitation practices.

At our Lynnwood Japanese restaurant, you’re not only getting superior health standards than your average grocery store, but you’re also getting the kind of fresh taste and high quality that can only be achieved with a restaurant-grade itamae. Come to Wild Wasabi for safe and delicious sushi today!

Bibimbap: Korea’s Famous Mixed Rice

Take a look through the donburi section of our menu. Notice anything unusual? If your eye caught the word bibimbap and you wondered why you had never heard of this Japanese dish before, you’re not alone. In truth, bibimbap represents another of our classic Korean selections.

Though it takes many forms, a bibimbap in its simplest form consists of rice, vegetables, and meat combined in a bowl and topped with a fried egg and Korea’s famous gochujang chili pepper paste. Before eating, you mix this all together into a single, satisfying symphony of flavors. The object should be to coat every surface in egg yolk and chili, so that each bite is a multi-faceted, savory delight. The result is a sensation that has been winning many Americans over to Korean fare!

Bi bim bap is a popular choice in Korean restaurants throughout the country, beloved for its rich flavor and simple execution. Try a bowl at our Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood today!

Poki: The Hawaiian Sushi

Want something different for an appetizer when you dine at our Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood? Consider some poki. Be it our tuna poki or our salmon poki, this is a fitting prelude to any good Japanese meal.

Poki is the Hawaiian equivalent of sushi. It gets its name from the native Hawaiian word for “to slice”. The dish comes in the form of raw fish that has been cut into small pieces, most typically cubes. These pieces are then seasoned with ingredients that may include soy sauce, ginger, green onions, kukui nut relish, and more. It’s a big favorite for Hawaiian tourists, and has been making its way into restaurants across the country. Try some for yourself at Wild Wasabi today!

Japanese Fried Chicken

One dish that has been increasing in popularity in the United States is the Japanese chicken karage. This dish, like the one you can find at our Lynnwood sushi restaurant, represents a Japanese version of a familiar fried chicken recipe. Small pieces of chicken are breaded, marinated in soy sauce, sake, and garlic, and the deep fried. The final product delivers a powerful taste that many Americans find highly enticing.

The Japanese word “karage” translates roughly to “fried Chinese-style”. The suggestion seems to be that the cooking technique came to Japan from China, though it is a little unclear as to what Chinese dish the chicken karage is supposed to resemble. Indeed, karage more closely resembles European-style cooking techniques, which may account for its growing popularity in the West. Come on down to Wild Wasabi to see what all the fuss is about for yourself!