Japanese Cuisine


One of the most popular food options in Brunei, Japanese cuisine is appreciated, respected and most of all, enjoyed in countries all around the world. The Japanese food culture has remained largely healthy and vibrant. It is notoriously nutritious and is based around super-fresh, seasonal products. What’s even more appealing, is that the visual presentation of Japanese food is considered an art form and great attention is payed to the smallest mouth-watering details. A Japanese meal is much more than just eating; it’s socialising, communicating and the expression of gratitude.

There’s so much more to Japanese food besides sushi and sashimi. Here are a few lesser known Japanese delights that are definitely worth trying.



It is said that Onigiri originated when samurai needed a quick snack in the fields during wartime in the 17th century. Onigiri are seasoned rice balls wrapped in nori (dried seaweed), but unlike sushi, the rice is not vinegared. Some onigiri are filled with seafood or vegetables, and many onigiri fans mould their creations into cute little characters.



This is a Japanese pancake-like cake traditionally filled with sweet red bean paste or other things like custard and chocolate. It is molded into the shape of a fish (usually a carp) and fried to a golden perfection.


Uiro mochi with teacup

These are traditional Japanese steamed cakes. They’re chewy and slightly sweet. They are made with rice flour and flavoured with natural ingredients such as anko, kinoko, matcha, yuzu, strawberries or chestnut paste. Uiro are a tea ceremony favourite that are often prepared in seasonal colours to reflect autumn or spring themes.


This article was published in the March 2016 issue of Inspire Living Magazine. Download it here!