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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Japanese New Year's Food

Kamaboko - fish cake

Each year, my husband's family has a big gathering on New Year's Day. Osechi dishes are prepared for the day that have special meanings. For example, the kamaboko above represents the rising sun and has a festive meaning. The party mainly consists of us eating and hanging out with the family.

Below are some pictures of the special dishes.

Nishime - A simmered vegetable dish consisting of lotus roots, Japanese potatoes, carrots, shitaki mushrooms, fish cake, bamboo shoots, and konnyaku. This one is my favorite!

Konnyaku is made out of the Japanese yam and has the texture of firm jello.

Kobumaki (kelp roll) symbolizing joy

Kuromame (black soybeans) symbolizing good health in the New Year

Kazunoku konbu (seaweed with fish eggs) symbolizing to be blessed with many children.

Monju ( rice cake with red bean paste in the center). We had these for dessert. My husband's Grandmother usually makes them fresh but this year we had the store bought ones.



lizzy-loo said...

lotus root is my favorite. what beautiful food and what a joy to bring in the new year with family and friends.

happy new year.

~amy~ said...


Unknown said...

I grow up drinking my mom's lotus soup few times a week, its the kids and mine all time favourite. Your post made me drool...happy new year

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I first tried Monju in high school- my best friend's mom used to buy it and I loved it so much! That was over 10 years ago and I've thought about it from time to time, but couldn't describe it and didn't know what it was called. Now I know and I'm going to buy some soon! Thank you thank you thank you!! Happy New Year!

mushroommeadows said...

Everything looks so tasty! What a wonderful way to celebrate the new year. :)

Jennifer said...

Happy New Year to you as well! The Japanese feast looks delicious and the monju reminds me that I need to go back to Minamoto Kitchoan, this terrific shop in NYC that sells all sorts of wonderful wagashi. I'm craving an adzuki-filled cake now!

(I just sent you an email asking if I could refer to one of your projects on my blog, *gemmifer*. I goofed on my blog's address in the email I sent you. It should have been www.gemmifer-jennifer.blogspot.com. I hope you'll give it a look!)

Rachael Hutchings said...

Happy New Year! This post made me so "homesick" for Japan! I love osechi--how wonderful that you get to eat it every year!

wendy said...

my hubby is Korean so we eat Tteokguk. It's yummy any time of year though.

Liz said...

What, no natto? :) (Everything looks delicious!)

Anonymous said...

A Happy New Year.
Osechi looks delicious
Did you eat Zouni?
I challenged Kobumaki for the first time this year.

Ayie said...

Yummy foods! I love japanese foods so as their presentation. Happy new year!

Nathalanes Place said...

Wow, I just discovered sushi about 1 year ago, so this would such an delicious experience for me, it all looks delectable. I wish I was invited. I'm so happy you had a goos time with your family. peace and health and love to you all.

Alison said...

I am soooooooooo jealous of all of that great food!!!

Happy New Year!

Lisa U said...

Konnyaku is an unlikely favorite! I like lotus roots, ozouni, and kuromame. =)

Toxiferous said...

Oh yum! Everything looks so delicious!

Anonymous said...

Hi all!
Everything look very delicious! Does anyone have a recipe for monju cakes! They are delicious and i would like to trie and do them
Happy new year for everyone!

Bobby Wham said...

I love Japanese new years, check out the feast I went to


Unknown said...

the last one is mochi not monju^^

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