Happy New Year!
In this episode, we talk all about the Japanese New Year.
It’s a big deal.
You’ll find out why it’s a good idea to plan way ahead if you want to order food for your Japanese New Year celebrations, and why it’s a very, very bad idea to go shopping at an Asian market on New Year’s Eve.
There are all kinds of food eaten on New Year’s Day:
- kuromame – make sure you eat 1 bean before noon
- osechi ryori
- mochi (often eaten as ozoni) – this should be breakfast or first thing to be eaten on New Year’s Day
- renkon no sunomono (marinated lotus root)
- tazukiri (soy sauce-sugar-glazed baby sardines)
- kuri kinton (candied chestnut and Japanese sweet potato mash)
- tai no shiyaki (salt-grilled sea bream)
On New Year’s Eve, many Japanese families eat toshikoshi soba.
And a week later, on January 7th, it’s probably a good idea to have some nanakusa gayu (7-herb rice soup) to cleanse your palate from all the rich food you’ve probably been eating! (We know we have!)