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Japanese Dinner Menu 1

Dinner is the meal everybody is looking forward to the most in the day.  It is the biggest and most fulfilling meal of all in many parts of the world.  Japanese dinner is the same way.  Even if you’re OK to eat a simpler and lighter breakfast of toast and then Udon noodles for lunch, you would like to eat more significant food at night.

A proper Japanese dinner consists of one soup and three dishes along with rice.  That is called Ichijyu Sansai (一汁三菜)in Japanese.  The soup could be Miso Soup or a clear broth soup.  The three dishes include one main dish like Tempura, grilled fish, Hamburger Steak, and so on, and two other smaller vegetable dishes like salads and boiled veggies.  It doesn’t have to be an elaborate menu, but Japanese people like to eat a variety of foods which are cooked in different ways for dinner.  If the main dish is fried, the other dishes could be boiled, marinated in vinegar, or grilled, for example.  Each food is served in a separate dish.  Japanese dinner presentation can be very pretty with many dishes having different sizes, shapes, and materials (ceramics, wood, bamboo, iron, etc).  A drawback is, however, you end up with a lot of small dishes to wash after dinner.  You’d better have a nice American size dishwasher or husband to put to work.

We made our Japanese dinner here with Saba Shioyaki (Grilled Mackerel) as a main dish, Nikujaga (Meat and Potato Stew) and Sunomono (Cucumber Salad) as side dishes.  Miso Soup and Genmai (Brown Rice) are also served with other dishes, of course.  Hope you like this combination!

Japanese Dinner Menu 1

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  • Bruno Bigras
    April 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Is this a normal portion for the average person? It seems like a lot of food but I don’t know much about portions.

    • Noriko
      September 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      it’s just a sample and you may not need to make all the dishes. Japanese people tend to enjoy eating many kinds of small portioned dishes for a meal.

  • Lily
    April 4, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Love the dinner menu series 🙂 I’ve been making Japanese food for 3 years, but my biggest issue is always figuring out which dishes suit each other to create a meal. This series is really helpful! I hope you make more!!

    • Noriko
      September 14, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      we will make more soon!

  • Brit
    June 26, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I made this for my hubby and he loved it! It was so easy to follow! Thanks for sharing!
    Will you be doing a Menu 2 soon?

    • Noriko
      September 13, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      glad we can help. Yes, we will make Dinner Menu 2 very soon!

  • Marchella
    October 22, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Can Sushi or California Rolls be substituted for the bowls of rice? I’m jus beginning my Japanese culinary adventures.

    • Noriko
      October 24, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      well, you can do whatever makes you happy, but that’s not sushi if you are not using vinegar rice. It doesn’t take long to make vinegar rice, try it once and dicide!

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