Eat Right: Eat Roe!

Have you ever tried roe?  If you haven’t, come and take the plunge at our Japanese restaurant in Bellevue!  Though many westerners can be leery about thinking of fish eggs as a food item, there are many benefits to making them a part of your diet.  Not only are they a delicious part of any sushi, but they’re surprisingly healthy!

It’s been found that roe is the greatest natural source of Omega-3 fatty acids.  These acids, which are abundant in most forms of seafood, are essential to maintain proper circulatory health and battle all sorts of crippling diseases.  Fish eggs, especially those of the common salmon, are particularly rich in Omega-3.

So if you’re ready to benefit from the powers of roe, order up a plate of our favorite sushi!  We offer both ikura (salmon eggs) and tobiko (flying fish eggs).

Avocado and Sushi: A Fusion of Taste, Tradition, and Health

Avocado is a common sight in our Japanese restaurant in Bellevue. Though native to Mexico, these hearty fruits first made their debut as a sushi ingredient back when the dish was still a novelty in the United States. Sushi chefs in LA discovered its potential to help simulate the experience of eating raw fish, thusly easing wary Americans into the idea. In this way they created the first California roll, and avocado has been a staple of Japanese fusion ever since.

Apart from being a delicious addition to sushi rolls, avocado is also one of the planet’s healthiest foods. They contain over twenty-five important nutrients, including copper, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, fiber, and vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. Their abundance of protein and iron has made them a long-time vegetarian favorite as a substitute for meat. A diet rich in the fruit can protect you against heart disease, prostate cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, strokes, obesity, and even bad breath!

With that in mind, come on down to Flo and dig into so avocado! Be it on a crunchy roll, a dragon roll, or any of our other classic favorites, it’ll do your mouth and body right!

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.