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Japanese cuisine's dirty secret: fried chicken and bar snacks
This part of Japan was more exposed to outside influences than other regions over the past few centuries, and it shows in the food. Portuguese traders in Nagasaki introduced their version of tempura, as well as ingredients such as refined sugar, chillies and vinegar from the spice islands of south-east Asia. “Chinese expat communities were making pork dishes, and broth in particular, around the same time that Japanese people were starting to eat more meat. That is sort of how ramen started,” says Anderson.

Hallsworth agrees that it is time we stopped thinking of Japan as a monolithic food culture. “Japanese foods are extremely regionalised … A basic dish, such as tempura soba, has multiple regional variations.”
regional  japan  japanese  cuisine  south  food 
april 2015 by aries1988

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