Organic / Fusion, Gourmet Guide

There are restaurants of many genres that serve organic food or creative cuisine. When Japanese people say "organic," they mean food made from organically grown crops that did not come into contact with chemical fertilizers or pesticides. This also includes eggs and meat from organic farms.

Regardless of if it is a western-style or a Japanese-style restaurant, an izakaya or a coffee shop, every establishment that uses such ingredients becomes "organic." Whether crops are considered to be organically grown or not depends on whether they are certified by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and therefore labeled with the "Organic JAS mark." The Organic JAS mark guarantees that the food has been produced without chemicals such as pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and only by the force of nature. It can be found on agricultural products, processed foods, animal feed, and livestock products. Food products that do not have this mark cannot be called organic, but because it is too difficult to make sure that all the ingredients used are organic, we ask you to trust the restaurant. When people who are concerned about a safe diet, low calories, low fat content, reduced salt, or otherwise go to an organic restaurant, most of the time their special considerations are fulfilled. A popular health food in Japan is brown rice. For the Japanese staple food, rice, chaff is removed from the rice seed, which is the fruit of the rice plant, and then the rice bran is removed during the milling process. Most of the rice eaten in Japan is white rice. Brown rice is rice that has not been milled to remove the outer layer of bran.  It has more dietary fibers and minerals than white rice, which is why brown rice is quite popular with health-conscious Japanese. However, there is also a downside: Because of its light brown color and chewy texture, it is somewhat difficult to eat. Because it is so hard to eat alone, most people cook it with a certain amount of white rice. People who like fluffy, white rice do not usually like to eat brown rice, but because it is so rich in vitamins and minerals, more and more Japanese are eating brown rice to become more beautiful and healthy. "Creative cuisine," on the other hand, does not have a lot to do with health-consciousness. Creative cuisine can be found in a variety of genres and in general refers to new recipes that were created without regard to the original cooking method or ingredients. Besides the creative Japanese cuisine often seen in izkayas or dining bars, there are many casual Italian and French restaurants that sell creative cuisine. You could say that these are noy restaurants that can be found in France or Italy, but unique Italian or French restaurants in Japan. Some of them even combine these two cuisines. What is often seen are French and Japanese fusion restaurants or other places combining the cuisine of several Asian countries and calling it "stateless cuisine." Depending on the skills of the chef, it is possible that the resulting dish is even better than the original. This is creative cuisine.

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