The Super Bowl is coming up this weekend!
Wait, who’s playing? (Obviously, we’re just here for the food.)
But how does this relate to Japanese food? Well, over there, they’re baseball fanatics… so we wanted to know what they eat when they’re watching sports!
At the games, they eat all sorts of delicious things:
- hot dogs (just like we do!)
- yakitori – chicken on a stick
- takoyaki – octopus balls! (They’re like little doughnut holes, with bits of octopus inside.) And remember… tako ≠ taco!
- Another takoyaki recipe
- (takoyaki were one of the first things Allison tried when she visited Japan)
(speaking of which, have you noticed our super cute octopus mascot?)
- bento boxes, which usually consist of rice, pickles, and fish or tofu or meat
- okonomiyaki – japanese pancakes with delicious things mixed in
Rachael and Allison are planning on having Japanese-inspired Super Bowl parties this weekend… here are a bunch of ideas that you can use too!
- kushiage parties – skewered, breaded, deep-fried meat and veggies
- takoyaki parties
- Japanese curry, buffet-style
- udon buffet
- temaki sushi bar (hand rolls), with all sorts of fillings, like:
- sushi (Allison’s going to be making spicy shrimp inari sushi, and in the past she has made buffalo wing sushi)
- cheese age (another fan favorite that Allison will be making at her Super Bowl party)
- bento boxes
- edamame (another good munchie food is Japanese Chex mix)
- onigiri (it’s kind of Rachael’s thing… that and her addictive chocolate almond toffee!)
- Rachael will be making these super-cute onigiri footballs
- you could make an oshizushi (pressed, or “box” sushi) football field with temari zushi as the football helmets and inari zushi footballs
- (you can also stuff your inari age pouches with somen salad – a cold noodle salad)
- tebasaki – japanese-style chicken wings, deep fried with a glaze
- karaage – deep-fried meat
Congratulations to Erin R., the winner of our Japanese candy giveaway! We love your idea of using Japanese candy in gingerbread houses. ^_^
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