Thursday, November 02, 2006

Gov't to certify food quality at Japanese restaurants abroad

Many restaurants in foreign countries claiming to serve Japanese food are actually offering dishes quite different from traditional Japanese cuisine, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said.

I nearly choked on my mayonnaise, potato and seaweed pizza when I read that. But I managed to wash it down with some rice and corn-starch "beer".


Anonymous said...

John Fleck says -

I think the problem is that we here in the West are an even-numbered culture, while the Japanese are odd-numbered. The resulting culinary mismatch is inevitable.

James Annan said...

Not sure I believe that. The Japanese don't like "4" because it sounds like "death" but AIUI 8 is popular and 3 and 7 are common lucky numbers in the West.

The pizza menu in front of me has as its featured offering a pizza with 4 different quarters of:

1 prawn and mayonnaise
2 sausage and potato
3 teriyaki chicken and ... more mayonnaise
4 tomato and ham - phew!

Seems like the kiss of death to me...

Mind you I'm not claiming that the Scottish version is that much better :-)

EliRabett said...

Seems to me a good idea that the French should adopt, but your menu does answer the question of how a Scot could thrive in Japan