TGIF, everyone! How are you all doing?
Sparked by an inspiring and wonderful chat that I had with Nel@Reactionary Tales the other day, I decided to take full advantage of being Japanese and introduce this new feature on Japanese culture from now onwards 🙂
Let me remind you: I’m not big on Japanese culture nor a pro, so please take what I say here with a grain of salt; the general ideas I’m going to introduce in this feature can differ from region to region! Things can be totally different from a small city where I’m living and big cities like Tokyo!
Also, this is going to be a weekly (or biweekly: I haven’t decided yet) feature; I might fall behind in my updates at times, but I’ll try to keep to the schedule the best I can!
All right, enough of my yakking, let’s get started 😀
When I was racking my brain to come up with the very first topic, I could think of nothing else but this : Pizza toppings.
Again, this was sparked by the chat that I had with Nel AND so many comments that I got on The Sunshine Blogger Award post! There was a question asking what my favorite pizza toppings are and I answered potatoes and bacon and my fellow bloggers were like, ‘OMG, that’s a first for me!’ or something along those lines. More than anything, we all love food, yes?
So… here you go, these are what Japanese pizzas look like:
Obviously there’s neither time nor space to explain EVERYTHING, so I’ll just pick some of the toppings what I think uniquely Japanese or particular to Japan.
This is the choice that I made on my post and to my great surprise, it drew a lot of attention. This one is from one of the top pizza franchises in Japan and it’s got buttery cube cheese (supposed to give the ingredients an extra rich texture and flavor), potatoes and seasoned bacon on top of their special mayonnaise sauce.
I think this is a typical ‘seafood pizza’ in Japan. This one has got mayonnaise-flavored seafood (shrimp, squid, tuna) and boiled broccoli and onions on top of tomato sauce. You may get to choose the sauce either from tomato sauce or white sauce. Again, it depends on the franchise (or restaurant).
You cannot miss this one if you come to Japan – Teriyaki Chicken!
I don’t know if you have ever tried Teriyaki sauce which is unique to Japan, but it’s got a very bold and thick flavor which is great as a marinade or as a sauce served with your favorite meats. (you can watch how to make Teriyaki chicken here 🙂
The name is pretty self-explanatory and yes, here you have marinated chicken, corns, some shredded seaweed on top of their special mayonnaise sauce.
Mochi Potato Mentai
Has any of you ever tried Mochi (rice cake)? We Japanese mainly have rice cake in January especially during the New Year’s holiday (Jan.1st – Jan 3rd), but we throw rice cake in pretty much everything as a topping. Another Japan-specific thing you should note here is Mentaiko (spicy cod roe) and it really goes with mayonnaise hence we have special mayonnaise sauce with boiled potatoes, bacon, onions, corns, and some shredded seaweed as toppings.
The last one that I’m sharing with you is ‘crab gratin.’ Yes, pretty much self-explanatory, and here’s the description of a major pizza franchise in Japan:
The sweetness of the crab is balanced by the saltiness of the pancetta under a blanket of creamy white sauce. With baked potato slices also in the mix, this is one hearty pizza!
As I told you before, it is next to impossible to introduce everything here, so I’ll put the links to two major pizza franchises in Japan. （Although Chicago Pizza is now available in Japan, but I couldn’t find the English page, so I guess that’ll have to do.)
There you have it; those are some examples of pizza toppings that are popular in Japan.
What do you think?? Have you tried any?
I hope you enjoyed this new feature and definitely let me know what you think!
Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you (hopefully) next week!