Okonomiyaki: the Japanese Pancake

What is an okonomiyaki?

This is a Japanese dish that might not be as familiar as the teriyaki, sushi, or tempura, but it’s starting to get a bit more recognition outside of Japan. Sometimes referred to as “Japanese pizza”, this is a savory pancake-like treat topped with fish, vegetables, and delicious Japanese sauces.

It is thought that okonomiyaki was invented in the region of Osaka, as the dish is characteristic of the cuisine popularized there. There it came about as a form of fast food to be sold in the streets, or in special restaurants that equip diners with the ingredients they need to prepare the pancake by themselves. This may account for the name, which translates to “to one’s liking”. Come on down to Wild Wasabi in Lynnwood to see how it suits your own liking today!

The Health Benefits of Shellfish

Do you like shellfish? You can find all of your favorites at our Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood! Not only are these dishes a delicious part of any Japanese meal, they also feature a broad range of impressive health benefits.

Shellfish is more than just a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, like most fish. Shellfish are all also rich in chromium and selenium, both of which have a powerful impact on your body. Chromium helps insulin to metabolize sugar, making it a highly recommended nutrient for diabetics or people at risk of diabetes. Selenium is an antioxidant that battles a lot of deadly carcinogens, like cadmium, arsenic, and even mercury. Keep shellfish in your diet, and keep cancer out!

Sushi vs. Sashimi

What’s the difference between sushi and sashimi? If you’re dining at our Lynnwood sushi restaurant, it’s important to know. Failing to distinguish between the two could mean ending up with a dish entirely different from what you were expecting, or it could at very least look unrefined in the eyes of some of the more dedicated Japanese food aficionados.

The first thing to know is that the word “sushi” does not refer to the fish, but rather the rice. Sushi rice is that special preparation of vinegared short-grain rice that has been used in sushi since before it stopped being simply a means to ferment fish. Therefore, it’s not sushi if it doesn’t have rice in it, but it can be sushi without having fish. Sushi rolls and nigiri-sushi are both sushi, therefore, even if they do not contain any raw fish. Sashimi, on the other hand, is nothing but a piece of fish, and therefore cannot be identified as sushi.

What is Inari?

When you visit our Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood, you’ll probably encounter a dish featuring a curious, golden-brown item. This is called “inari” and, though it may not resemble the sushi you’re used to, it is yet another of our delicious sushi options.

Inari, or inarizushi, is one of the simplest varieties of sushi. Far from the layperson’s perception of sushi, it consists of a brick of sushi rice fried in a sack of tofu. The result is quite delicious, and is a popular choice for children across Japan, who often nickname it “brown bag sushi” or “football sushi” for its distinctive shape. Try it out for yourself at Wild Wasabi!

Delicious, Delicious Donburi

Donburi. It’s hearty, it’s delicious, and it’s a good, simple favorite on our Lynnwood Japanese restaurant’s menu. But what is it, exactly?

In Japanese, the word donburi is simply the word for “bowl”. Over time, it came to describe the classic dish as well. Though donburi comes in many forms, it generally consists of a bowl of rice topped with some variety of meat, and sometimes vegetables. Katsu, teriyaki, shrimp, eel, all of these are common donburi toppings.

The name of a donburi dish is usually made by taking the word for the meat that is being used and adding the “-don” suffix to the end. “Katsudon”, for example, might be used to name a donburi topped with katsu. “Unagi donburi” is similarly shortened to “unadon”. And if you see “tendon” on the menu, don’t worry: that’s merely rice topped with tempura. Come into Wild Wasabi and try some donburi for yourself today!