Udon: Japan’s Powerhouse Noodle

Have you been feeling low on energy lately?  Come to our Japanese restaurant in Bellevue to try a bowl of udon!  These noodles are legendary in Japan for their ability to deliver a quick and long-lasting supply of energy.

The secret to udon is its easy digestibility.  Under a laboratory setting, these noodles have proven to dissolve in digestive enzymes much faster than other pastas, and a full three times the rate of beef.  So quick is the digestion process that you don’t have large amounts of blood rushing to your stomach; this allows heat to remain in the extremities.  Udon is therefore popular in Japan as a cold-weather meal, or as a meal for people battling a flu, as the unique readily-available energy of the noodles are able to give the body the power it needs without taking blood away from the areas that need it.

What is Sunomono?

When dining at our Bellevue Japanese restaurant, it’s always good to have something crisp and refreshing to cleanse your palate between your different sushi rolls. To that end, order up a bowl of sunomono! This salad is a classic Japanese complement to any proper sushi meal.

Essentially, sunomono is a salad made with thinly sliced vegetables, usually cucumber, lightly pickled in a vinegar-based dressing. This is where the “su-” in the word comes from; this is the Japanese word for vinegar, and the same word that comes at the beginning of the word “sushi” to describe the vinegar that goes into the distinct sushi rice. At Flo, you can order your sunomono with shrimp, crab, or octopus. Come and give it a try today!

The Merits of White Rice

Have you ever wondered why rice is such a significant food throughout most of the world?  It’s an integral part of the Korean dining experience, and nearly unavoidable at Flo Japanese Restaurant in Bellevue.  Even the classic white rice, though it has been subject to criticism as of late, should not be written off; though it is true that it loses some of its value when converted from brown rice, it also takes on a few extra nutrients in the enrichment process.  Just take a look at what this grain has to offer:

  • White rice is a source of iron and protein that is low in fat, low in sodium, and free of both cholesterol and gluten.

  • Though not as good a source of fiber as brown rice, a cup of white rice still provides .6 grams of dietary fiber.

  • Rice is a natural tonic and anti-inflammat.  It invigorates and strengthens your body while making you more resistant to certain types of pain and injury.

  • The resistant starch offered by rice is able to reaching the bowel undigested, where it cultivates helpful bacteria that work to maintain a clean digestive system.

  • White rice contains manganese, which is important to the immune system and bone structure.

  • Rice is a good source of potassium, which can help lower blood pressure by regulating your sodium content.

  • Several essential B vitamins are found in rice, which help to maintain a healthy heart and nervous system.

You’ve Got a Friend in Ginger

Ginger is a big part of the culture throughout much of Asia.  Whether it’s contributing to a delicious meal, or serving as an herbal medicine, the properties of this humble root are not to be underestimated.  In case you’ve never considered the benefits of ginger, you might be pleased to know that the many ginger-related dishes at our Japanese restaurant in Bellevue are offering you the following benefits:

  • Digestive Health: Ginger has been used to cure digestive ailments for centuries.  It stimulates the release of your digestive enzymes, helping you to break down fats and proteins while simultaneously neutralizing some of the acid responsible for heartburn.  In this way, ginger can remedy many forms of nausea, diarrhea, and gas.

  • Circulatory Health:  Ginger is an anti-inflammat, allowing it to open up constricted blood vessels while stimulating the flow of blood and protecting against clotting.  It also reduces the amount of harmful cholesterol absorbed into the blood, keeping your heart clean and protecting you from heart disease..

  • Curative Properties: Ginger is a natural antihistamine, decongestant, and anti-inflammat.  It also features powerful fever-breaking attributes, and has a proven ability to prevent the replication of certain viruses.  The herb has even been used to inhibit the growth of many kinds cancer cells, including those of breast, prostate, or colon cancers.

Japanese Drinking Etiquette

Flo’s Japanese Restaurant in Bellevue is more than just a place for good sushi and Japanese food. It’s also a fresh, classy venue to get in a good round of drinks with your friends or coworkers. Boasting an expansive list of Japanese rice wines, along with more familiar reds, whites, and beers both foreign and domestic, ours is a bar that is simply not to be topped! And, if you’re going for a bit of a cultural twist on your usual social drinking scene, try following these simple Japanese drinking etiquette rules.

Just like in many other countries, Japan attaches a lot of tradition to drinking. In any occasion, you can expect a night of drinking to begin with a toast, or kanpai. These work similarly to a Western-style toast; if your Japanese friend offers up a “kanpai”, raise your glass and say “kanpai” in return.

Once you get down to the actual drinking, be aware that it is never proper to fill your own glass. Instead, you should wait for others to serve you. Hold out your glass with both hands and be sure to thank them when they’re done! Meanwhile, be alert for anyone at your table who is running dry, as it may fall on you to fill them up again.