Friday, November 24, 2006

is your sushi pure?

The Japanese Agriculture Minister and others are worried that food being marketed as "Japanese" in foreign countries ain't up to snuff, and they are trying to launch a government seal of approval for restaurants that rise to the standard of "pure Japanese."

Admittedly, there is a lot of limp sushi, soggy sashimi, and tepid tempura being sold in restaurants but this hardly calls out for government action. And how do you define "Japanese food," anyway -- one Japanese food expert points out that the tasty breaded pork called tonkatsu in Tokyo is called porc paner in Paris.

In any case, a country that has committed culinary atrocities against foreign foods such as putting corn and squid on pizzas, and mayonaise on just about anything is hardly in a position to complain about inadequately artful yakitori, or menus that dare to include sushi on the same page as Korean barbecue.


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