Japanese New Year is different from Vietnamese New Year (Part 2): Tet dishes

Japanese New Year is different from Vietnamese New Year (Part 2): Tet dishes

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2023-01-22 02:27:15

No braised meat with eggs, no banh chung and banh tet like Vietnamese Tet, the Japanese eat their country’s traditional dishes on Tet holidays. In this article, we invite you to join Lag to learn about Tet dishes that are different from Vietnamese Tet.

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1. Toshikishi Soba – Longevity Noodles

This is a dish that the Japanese will definitely eat on New Year’s Eve January 1. This type of noodle is made with buckwheat, the soup is simply cooked with algae and grated fish (different regions may have a different recipe). difference). The Japanese eat this noodle with the belief that they will receive a long, healthy life. They also believe that buckwheat noodles that are not too tough will be like bad luck, can not last long but will soon disappear so that good luck can come.

2. Ozonium


When watching Japanese movies, you will often see this dish. Ozoni is a soup that “keeps everything together” and usually includes mochi. Cooks can add their favorite ingredients to make the soup more flavorful. On the first morning of the year, families will often eat ozoni to receive good luck for the coming year.

3. Osechi Ryori – Japanese New Year’s Day Tray

  Osechi Ryori

Osechi Ryori is the name of the New Year celebration in Japan. This tray has been around since the Heian period and has undergone many changes. Up to now, although no longer keeping the original, Osechi Ryori still ensures 3 factors: nutritious food, beautifully decorated and placed in a Jubako box.

A Jubako box will usually have 4 tiers. Each floor will contain different types of food.

  • The first floor is the New Year’s greeting, including simple dishes to serve wine.
  • The second floor is a place to store sweets that adults and children can eat.
  • The 3rd floor is the dishes that come from the sea and are usually grilled.
  • The 4th floor is the dishes from the mountains.

Osechi Ryori is the main menu during Japanese New Year. The dishes will be finished before Tet and enough for Japanese people to eat in the first 3 days of the year. This point is quite similar to Vietnam when we also have dishes throughout Tet … not yet finished such as braised duck meat, papaya, banh chung, banh tet,…

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4. Mochi


Yes, of course. This list could not be without mochi. This is a specialty dish of Japan and is eaten by the people of this country all year round. However, when Tet comes, some special types of mochi will be made, such as Kagami mochi – a dish believed to bring good luck, a happy life (usually eaten on the 11th or 20th day). January). Tet is also a time when families come together to make mochi with their own hands with the goal of tightening solidarity and increasing the connection between people.

5. That Thai Porridge

That Thai Porridge

That Thai porridge is a nutritious food cooked from 7 different vegetables that grow in the spring. The 7 types of beard include: Suzuna – round radish, Hotokezona and Gogyo – 2 types of chrysanthemum, Seri – neem, Nazuna – fenugreek, Hakoberu – sage, Suzushiro – radish. That Thai porridge will usually be eaten on January 7, the day the Japanese believe is a day for humans. This dish is mild and has the effect of making the stomach more comfortable after the Tet holiday.

(To be continued…)

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