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    Exploring the History of Sushi

    Last updated 4 days ago

    It would be difficult to find a city without a popular sushi restaurant these days, but this was not always the case! This beloved Japanese food had a long journey to get where it is today, gaining new techniques and fans along the way. Here is a look at the history of sushi:

    What is Sushi?
    Sushi is a bit of a broad term that encompasses a few different dishes. The true definition refers to a combination of vinegar rice and fresh ingredients, typically seafood and vegetables. Nigiri sushi features slices of raw fish placed on top of vinegar rice, typically held in place with a small amount of wasabi. Sushi rolls feature vinegar rice, raw fish, and other ingredients rolled with a seaweed wrapper. Sashimi is another common find in sushi restaurants, but is not technically sushi because it is simply slices of raw fish with no vinegar rice.      

    How Was Sushi Created?
    Today’s sushi fans may see the cuisine as strictly Japanese, but this food actually has origins in Southeast Asia. During the 4th century, cooks would wrap salted pieces of raw fish in rice after finding that fermentation from the rice preserved the raw fish. Cooks would discard the rice after the fermentation process in order to enjoy the fish on its own. It wasn’t until this preservation method was introduced to Japan that people started to eat the rice along with the fish for a unique and tasty meal.

    When Did Sushi Become an International Favorite?
    Japan’s introduction to sushi brought new life to this simple dish. Street vendors soon started making and selling sushi, allowing more people to experience this satisfying and easy-to-eat creation. Refrigeration advancements in the 1970s allowed for the shipment of fresh fish, making it possible for new countries to try and fall in love with sushi. It didn’t take long for sushi to come to America and win over food lovers of all ages!

    Find a wonderful assortment of sushi here at Kyoto Palace in Campbell. Our sushi bar offers something for everyone, making it easy to find your favorite type of sushi. Learn more by contacting us at (408) 377-6456. 

    A Brief Look at Our Nigiri Selections

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Dining out at a Japanese steakhouse is one of life’s great pleasures, especially when you have master teppan chefs whipping up your meal right in front of your eyes. In addition to hot, stir-fried dinners right off the teppan grill, you’ll also find a sushi menu at your favorite Japanese restaurant. Nigiri sushi is simple and delicious, and typically consists of fresh fish draped across a hand-formed ball of rice and accented with a touch of wasabi. At Kyoto Palace, we offer a variety of options for nigiri, including shrimp, yellow tail, squid, tuna, and mackerel. If you are just getting into eating sushi, you can try nigiri that does not include raw fish. The more adventurous diners in your group should try salmon roe or smelt roe for a taste and experience like no other.

    Visit Kyoto Palace for lunch, happy hour, or dinner to try something new today! Call us at (408) 377-6456 or just stop by our Campbell Japanese restaurant when you are in the mood for a delicious meal. We use only the freshest ingredients and strive to give all of our customers an unforgettable experience. 

    Understanding the Etiquette of Dining on Sushi

    Last updated 19 days ago

    When you’re deciding where to go out to dinner with a colleague, friend, or date, a Japanese steakhouse is just the place where everyone can find something delicious to dine on. Many Japanese steakhouses offer sushi on their menus, which is a delectable combination usually consisting of raw fish, seaweed, and rice. Even if you haven’t mastered the art of using chopsticks, you can still demonstrate good sushi etiquette during your meal. Read on to learn about the etiquette of dining on sushi.

    The Sushi Bar
    You may have a choice at a Japanese restaurant of sitting at a table or sitting at the sushi bar, where you can get an up-close view of your food being prepared. Sushi chefs may engage you in conversation while they are making your rolls, and it is polite to treat them with the same courtesy as a server. If you want an interactive dining experience, sitting at the sushi bar is the way to get it. In Japan, it’s considered impolite to leave food on your plate—but if you’re just too full to finish, it’s acceptable to ask for a to-go container.

    Accoutrements
    Your sushi order will typically come with garnishes of pickled ginger and wasabi, plus a small dish for soy sauce. While some people like to mix the wasabi and soy sauce right in the dish, traditional etiquette suggests placing a small amount of wasabi on each individual bite so that you can control how much you’re eating. Soy sauce is meant to flavor the fish and not the rice, so only dunk the fish side if you’re opting for this technique.

    Beverages
    Eating sushi is a cooperative affair, and tradition dictates that you should never pour your own beverage. Instead, if you have a bottle of sake or beer, fill your companion’s glass any time it is empty. He or she should notice if you need a refill and return the favor.

    While there are certain suggestions of how to eat sushi, the only real rule is that you should eat it in the way that you like best. That’s easy to do at Kyoto Palace, one of Campbell’s top Japanese steakhouses. Call us at (408) 377-6456 to make a reservation for tonight. 

    Exploring the Health Benefits of Green Tea

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Green tea has been a staple in the Japanese diet since ancient times. Watch this short video to learn about the health benefits of green tea and to find out why you should consider incorporating it into your diet.

    Whether you drink it hot or cold, green tea can be a delicious and refreshing beverage. It has many beneficial properties and can help suppress your appetite while still giving you energy for your day. Studies have shown that drinking six to eight cups of green tea a day may have cancer-prevention benefits, and can even help to burn fat.

    Make green tea a part of your meals when you dine at Kyoto Palace in San Jose. Our hot green tea is just what you need to make your dining experience even healthier. Call us at (408) 340-7008 to make your reservation or visit us online for a look at our menus. 

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    Last updated 29 days ago

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