August 12, 2022

Spend the New Year alone? Japanese restaurant offers special kosechi new year meals for one person


Osechi bECOMES Kosechi at Sushi Kura.

In Japan, part of the traditional New Year celebration is eating osechi, a sumptuous range of gourmet bites, each with a sort of look to suit its name or appearance. Due to its gourmet nature, osechi tends to be difficult to cook on your own and expensive to buy ready-made, but classic-minded foodies find it worthwhile to share such a special meal with your family. .

But what if you don’t plan to see your family or someone else on New Years? Don’t worry, because the conveyor belt sushi chain Sushi Kura (also known as Kurazushi) now has osechi for people starting the new year solo.

it’s called Kosechi, or “Little Osechi”, together, and it’s a reduced osechi assortment for one. First of all there is a jumbo shrimp, which is believed to guarantee you a long life, according to popular wisdom that you will grow old enough to one day have a hunchbacked back like curled shrimp. The two pieces of kamaboko the fish cakes are red and white, which is considered a lucky and festive color combination in Japan.

Good wishes are at their most direct with the block of Tofu wearing the kanji for kotobuki, or “happiness”. The remaining two pieces, simmered shiitake fungus and kabocha (Japanese pumpkin), are less common members of the osechi cast, but in the case of shiitake, their delicacy status creates an early-year vibe with a high culinary note. As for kabocha, because the nutrients in the squash-like vegetable would be effective in preventing colds, it’s traditionally eaten at winter solstice and sometimes creeps into osechi a little over a week later. In addition, the specific variety of the Kosechi set is called Ebisu kabocha, named after Ebisu, one of the Seven Fortune Gods of Japan who bestows wealth and prosperity.

And obviously, if you’re hoping to start the New Year off on the right foot, you’ll want to end your meal with dessert, and so Kura Sushi has it too. two special seasonal sweets. The first is what appears to be kagami mochi, the stack of rice cakes topped with a mandarin orange that Japanese families presented as a New Year’s decoration. In reality, what Kura Sushi offers is a confectionery made from sweet bean paste with strawberry flavor.

There is also a sweet bean paste tiger, since Japan is moving forward and switching to the next Chinese Zodiac Animal Online on January 1.

The Kosechi is priced at 500 yen (US $ 4.35) and desserts at 220 yen each, so eating all three shouldn’t blow your food budget for the year, and they’re all available as side dishes. eat in Kura Sushi branches from December 27. And if it’s Christmas you are spending alone, don’t worry, Japan has a meal for that too.

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