Interesting Flavours

Every country has its signature flavours. Japan has several flavours that are uniquely Japanese. However, these are not what you would typically expect from Japanese food.

First is Shichimi Potato Chips. Shichimi means seven flavours, and that’s what it is. There’s a spice called shichimi that’s spicy, primarily from the paprika. It’s a popular spice you can find in many restaurants.

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Second picture is another potato chip flavour. This is yuzu koshou, or yuzu and black pepper. Yuzu is a citrus fruit with a bitter flavour. Yuzu koshou is a popular condiment in Japan.

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And this is the same flavour, yuzu koshou, but on a kind of rice snack.

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Here is another flavour, shio wasabi. That’s salt and wasabi. Wasabi is a popular condiment for sushi and sashimi, of course.

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This is probably the strangest flavour of all, strawberry shortcake. Potato chips that are sweet. Odd combination. I didn’t really like these, to be honest.

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And finally, a couple very Japanese flavours combined into one: matcha azuki. Matcha is green tea, while azuki is sweet beans.

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And then for some noodles, I had these tonight. They’re soba noodles. Usually, the popular flavours are soy sauce, miso, or salt. However, this was duck flavoured. It wasn’t bad.

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Any unusual flavours in your part of the world? Share them with us.

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Looking for a Writing Competition in 2016?

2016 is the year I become much more serious about my writing. After moving to Canada, I want to focus on Ariadne and get as much done as possible. However, there is a possibility I may join a writing contest. I found this list of contests on the Almond Press website.

Some of them are free, but most you have to pay to enter. There are some good sized prizes available. The very first one catches my eye, actually. It’s only 750 words, though it closes on January 15th. It’s very soon. The grand prize is €50, which isn’t a huge amount, but it’s something. I may give it a try.

Although many say International, the one by Readers Digest is only open to the UK and Ireland. Another has a prize of a four day holiday in Provence. Interesting! And then there’s the one that’s held every month, the 99 Words contest, which has no monetary prize, just your story getting published on their site.

Do any of these contests catch your eye? Do you know of any other writing competitions? Let me know in the comments below.