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Subject: food preparation in Japan
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: goldenrod-ga
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Posted: 02 Mar 2005 11:42 PST
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Question ID: 483565
Is it possible to find mean and chicken meanls in Japan that are NOT
prepared or in any way cooked in a fish broth or any type of fish or
seafood base. Also, is it possible to find food in Japan that does NOT
have any wheat, rye or barley flour in it?

Request for Question Clarification by politicalguru-ga on 02 Mar 2005 13:20 PST
Dear Goldenrod, 

Do you mean prepared (frozen, etc.) meals (TV dinner style), or are
you asking about restaurants and products that could be bought?

Clarification of Question by goldenrod-ga on 04 Mar 2005 06:41 PST
I'm writing with regard to questionID# 483565, researcher "politicalguru-qa."
My wife is deathly allergic to all fish and seafood.So, what we want
to know is whether or not beef and/or chicken is prepared, in Japanese
resaurants, in Japan, using a fish based stock or broth. We've been
told that it is. If that's not true, please tell us so. If it is true,
can be obtain beef and/or chickenprepared in a restaurant in some
other way not using a fish based broth or stock? Also, I have celiac
diseae which means I can't eat wheat, rye or barley. Can I obtain
baked good, like breads, rolls, deserts, made from rice or corn four
in Japan? Thanks.
Subject: Re: food preparation in Japan
Answered By: tox-ga on 21 Mar 2005 01:55 PST
Hi there,

I've traveled to Japan on numerous occasions with a relative, who is
also allergic to fish products.  As you might have suspected, fish is
an extremely big part of the Japanese diet and many restaurants do use
fish broth to prepare even chicken meals.

However, you will find number of restaurants that use chicken broth,
rather than fish broth, when cooking preparing chicken dishes.  With
chains of North American or European restaurants, this is almost
always the case, but there are also Japanese dishes where more and
more restaurants prefer to use chicken broth.  One example of this is
Chicken Teriyaki.
(typical ingredients mentioned for your information)
boneless, skinless chicken breast
teriyaki sauce
chicken broth
Cooked frozen oriental vegetables

There are also many other dishes that don't use broth at all.
One such dish is an appetizer called Tatsuta Age (marinated fried chicken)
boneless chicken  
Japanese soy sauce  
sake (Japanese rice wine)  

Another such popular main course dish is Yakitori (grilled chicken skewer)
mirin (sweet Japanese sake)
soy sauce  
tablespoons sugar  
garlic, pressed (optional)  
boneless chicken thighs  
green onion

To be safe, you should always verify with the restaurant that the meal
that you are about to order does not contain any fish or seafood based
products, but in major cities, there are countless number of
restaurants that are very accomodating to special needs. And, as the
general case goes, the higher the class of the restaurant, the more
accomodating they will be to your personal needs.

There are many desserts available in Japan made from rice.  A very
popular type of Japanese rice desserts is rice cake.  Two common rice
cakes are:
Manju - sticky rice surrounding a sweet bean center
Mochi - a food prepared from rice and used as an ingredient in several
Japanese recipes. It is made by preparing steamed glutinous rice;
pounding it in a mortar; and forming it into various shapes (Usually a
circle or square).

For more Japanese dishes, and their common ingredients, please visit
the following link: 


The major cities have abundance of stores/restaurants where you will
be able to find a large selection of food from the Western culture. 
The number of large American family restaurant/fast food chains (such
as TGI Friday's and McDonald's) are rapidly growing in Japan and there
should not be any worry in terms of finding adequate meals to eat. 
Even at these restaurants, however, you should still mention your
allergy concerns to the waiter/chef as you would normally do at a
Western restaurant.

You can also consider the alternative of hiring a personal chef while
in Japan.  The lower cost of hiring chefs and maids in Japan, compared
to North America/Europe, may make this an attractive option for you.

I hope this has helped.  If you require any clarification, or would
like me to answer any additional questions, please let me know.

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