Japan’s Close Relationship with Rice

Everybody knows about the Japanese affinity for rice. This grain is an important staple throughout most of Asia, and this manifests itself in a strong way at our sushi restaurant in Issaquah. But were you aware of exactly how deep this significance goes?

The significance of rice represents one of the biggest differences between Asian and Western culinary philosophy. In the United States, we tend to think of the main course, usually a meat dish, as being supplemented by side dishes of grains and vegetables. In Japan and other Asian countries, the rice is what takes center stage. The “main food” is always going to be a grain or a starch, usually a rice-based dish, while the meat is serving as a supplemental food. This may account for some of the greater health benefits of Asian dining over Western cuisine. Try out this culinary philosophy yourself at Aji Sushi & Grill!