Japanese staples

The traditional staple food.

by: Jacoba Budden | 22 Apr 2010

Rice (gohan) - Japanese rice is a short grained rice that becomes sticky when it’s cooked, it’s known as hakumai (white rice) because the husk has been polished.

The healthier, unpolished rice (gemmai) is gaining popularity.

There’s another kind of rice known as mocha rice but it’s stickier and normally used for rice cakes.

Bread (pan) is not traditional but is becoming more popular in modern Japan.

Noodles - are eaten either hot or cold and soba (thin noodles made from buckwheat flour) and udon (thicker wheat noodles) served in a meat stock broth called ramen, is delicious and very popular throughout Japan.

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