Posted on: Monday September 26, 2011
What a peony...
Demanding to be
By my little fan!
- Issa, 18th Century haiku poet
It is just this concern for the smallest of things and thoughts that we respond to and recognise in Japanese art, living and aesthetics. The perfection, completeness and importance of every moment – each, simply too magnetic to leave behind, yet life moves on. Wabi sabi is the Japanese term that captures the core aesthetic of intimacy that celebrates simplicity and transience – abundantly visible in nature. Every moment is an eternity; no moment is lost.
It may be said wabi sabi permeates a large part if not the whole of Japanese culture – it can be seen in the principles of ikebana, ceramics, haiku, Noh theatre, the famous tea ceremony and most certainly in cuisine. The preparation of every meal is a quest to achieve the perfect balance in nutrition, taste, texture, preparation style and visual experience. That means a meal that promises colours,temperatures, a balance of flavours, things to crunch through, nibble on, slurp up and ultimately appreciate with all our senses.
A Japanese meal is a celebration of the yield and flavours of mountain, sea, field and river. At its very core is rice, to which is added a range of fresh vegetables, seafood and sauces. The traditional Japanese breakfast is an introduction to the all-round goodness of the Japanese diet which has in recent times come to be regarded as the world’s healthiest and a major factor behind the longevity of the average Japanese.
The classic breakfast pairing is steamed white rice and miso soup. In Japan, rice has been the staple since the 7th Century and no meal is complete without it. Miso is the oldest and most vital flavouring sauce in Japanese cooking. It is mixed with dashi stock to make miso soup. Along with these items, the breakfast may also include seaweed, fermented soy beans known as natto, rolled omelette, grilled fish, and a variety of pickles.
In a way, it seems not unlike a regular meal – and it turns out that’s just how breakfast should be treated. In Delhi, you now have the chance to begin your day with a breakfast that has developed a strong fan following around the world. At WelcomHotel Sheraton New Delhi, the celebrated Sensei Nakamura now serves you the classic Japanese breakfast – miso soup, cold tofu, steamed Japanese rice,Japanese pickle, omelette and grilled red snapper in light soya sauce.
For more information, please visit the Gourmet Guide.