UPDATE: From your keyboard to our ears! We pay attention to commenters, we really do. So - when we noticed a lot of you took issue with the statement that there’s no mayo in Japanese cooking, we reached out to Reika for clarification as to what she actually meant.
"A clarification on the use of mayo in Japan: in saying we do not use mayonnaise, I was specifically referring to on sushi in Japan. As many commenters stated, mayonnaise is commonly used in Japan, and my comment was not pertaining to all food in Japan, but intended as an elaboration on sushi only."
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EN Japanese Brasserie owner Reika Yo Alexander, whose family owns more than 40 restaurants in Japan, moved to the United States from Tokyo in 2000.
When she arrived stateside, the majority of what she found branded as authentic Japanese was a far cry from the culinary traditions she grew up - and yep, we're looking at you, Philadelphia roll.
Five Things Most People Don't Know About Japanese Cuisine: Reika Yo Alexander
Instead, in our home we ate fried chicken, grilled fish, curry, ramen and tons of cooked vegetables.
On that note, California rolls and Dragon rolls are purely American dishes. I moved to New York in 2000 and tried these rolls for the first time, as they don't exist in Japan. Avocado and mayonnaise are featured in each of these rolls; avocado does not grow in Japan and mayonnaise is never used there."
2. Beef up your knowledge
Japan was isolated for two centuries and it was an American named Matthew Perry who initiated significant commercial trade between the United States and Japan, bringing cows with him to Japan.
Initially, we thought those cows were for working, not eating, and didn't start eating beef in small quantities until the mid-1800s. Beef was uncommon as everyday food until the mid-twentieth century, after the war."
3. Toro was once cat food
4. In restaurants, we don't have servers, runners or bussers
The people who cook in the kitchen actually take orders, run the food and clear the tables and everything there. It's all about team work."
5. Do you think Japanese people drink lots of sake?
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