What’s for Christmas at Bellevue Japanese Restaurant?

Chicken marks Christmas in Japan

Come Christmas Eve in Japan, restaurants fill up quickly as people, mostly couples, celebrate the occasion considered more important than Christmas day itself. And what is considered the star cuisine of the day? Well, it’s fried chicken! The fastfood chain giant, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and other restaurants and pubs stock up on the crispy fowl as the celebratory symbol. In fact, orders are placed way in advance and can ran out. It all started in 1974 when KFC launched a Christmas campaign in Japan and it took off incredibly well. KFC said that approximately 3.6 million Japanese households celebrate Christmas with Colonel Sander’s tasty, lovable chicken.

The traditional Japanese christmas food is the christmas cake. It’s a sponge cake and not really a fruit cake. They put whipped cream and decorate it with strawberries, flowers, trees and an occasional Santa Claus.

While many Japanese restaurants mark Christmas eve not with fried chicken but with other engaging come-ons, there is no lack of ingenious ways to celebrate the event. All you have to do is to look up what your favorite spot – restaurant, bar or club – is offering for this special night.

Christmas Eve at FLO Restaurant in Bellevue

Thousands of miles away from Japan, here in Washington state, you and your special love one can have a cozy, yet fashionable Christmas eve celebration at FLO. We might just have a Christmas special bento dinner, a Christmas sushi concoction, or a chef-crafted Christmas cake. Our Bellevue Japanese restaurant never ceases to impress diners on special occasions as this.

Nigiri Knowledge

Everybody knows enough to describe a maki sushi as a “roll”. However, what word do you use to distinguish a roll from another piece of sushi? At Flo’s Bellevue Japanese Restaurant, the sushi that does not come in roll form is generally going to be what Japan calls nigirizushi.

Often referred to as “nigiri sushi” or simply “nigiri” in English-speaking restaurants, the nigirizushi represents sushi that comes in the form of the classic brick-shaped piece of rice topped with a strip of fish, egg, or other appropriate ingredient.

Sometimes, nigiri is topped with a loose topping like roe or shredded vegetables. When this happens, the sushi chef needs to wrap the sushi in a strip of nori in order to hold this topping in place. This gives such sushi the name gunkan-maki, which translates to “warship roll”, due to its resemblance to a ship.

Sushi for Beginners

Never tried sushi before?
If you visit our Bellevue sushi restaurant, you can take the plunge in style with our selection of ideal starter sushi. Even the most squeamish sushi newbie can find something to help them ease into the experience until they’re ready to pack them away like a pro.

All Sushi aren’t Raw
Firstly, it’s a common misconception that all sushi contains raw fish. If you’re not ready to eat sashimi, try out some vegetable rolls, the egg-based tamago, or any one of the fried fusion rolls. The classic California roll is specially designed to simulate the experience of raw fish with steamed pieces of white fish and avocado. After a few of these, you’ll be ready to graduate to the full menu!

The Benefits of Shellfish Living

Do you like shellfish? Do you like crab, shrimp, scallops, oysters, and lobster? You can find all of these at Flo Japanese Restaurant in Bellevue! We put them in sushi, we chop them into cakes, we bread them, we fry them, and we dunk them in soups. We do it all, because not only is shellfish delicious, but it’s also a healthy part of any diet.

Shellfish isn’t just a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Like any other animal harvested from the ocean, our hard-shelled friends can indeed offer all of the rich benefits of these valuable fats, but these are not the main event. Shellfish are all also rich in chromium and selenium, both of which have a powerful impact on your body. Chromium helps insulin to metabolize sugar, making it a highly recommended nutrient for diabetics or people at risk of diabetes. Selenium is an antioxidant that battles a lot of deadly carcinogens, like cadmium, arsenic, and even mercury. Keep shellfish in your diet, and keep cancer out!

Eat More Seaweed!

The Japanese seaweed nori may not sound appealing to many Americans, but it’s a big part of traditional cooking. You can find it in all sorts of dishes, notably in a lot of the sushi found at Flo’s Japanese Restaurant in Bellevue. Much of the time it’s nothing more than a simple, unassuming strip of vegetation designed to keep the fish from falling off the rice, but there’s more to this humble weed than you may realize. Indeed, nori is a very valuable part of the Japanese diet.

The health benefits of nori are many, particularly as they apply to your circulation. It’s popular as a meatless source of protein and iron, allowing vegetarian diners to maintain healthy blood cells. It’s also rich in potassium, which is good for regulating sodium levels and preventing high blood pressure. A high soluble fiber content slows the rate at which food is absorbed into the bloodstream, so people with who are having trouble managing their blood sugar can also benefit.

Embrace a little seaweed into your life at Flo’s today, and reap the benefits of a healthier circulatory system for years to come!