Osechi bECOMES Kosechi at Kura Sushi.
In Japan, part of the traditional New Year’s celebration is to eat oschi, a sumptuous array of gourmet morsels, each with some kind of aspect to suit their name or appearance. Due to its gourmet nature, osechi tends to be difficult to cook yourself and expensive to buy ready-made, but classic-minded foodies find it worth sharing such a special meal with your family. .
But what if you’re not planning on seeing your family, or anyone else, on New Year’s? Don’t worry, because the Conveyor Belt Sushi Chain Kura Sushi (also known as Kurazushi) now has osechi for people who will start the new year solo.
It’s called the Kosechi, or “Little Osechi”, together, and it’s a reduced osechi assortment for one. First there is a jumbo shrimp, which is supposed to grant you a long life, according to popular wisdom that you will grow old enough to one day have a back as curved as that of a curled up shrimp. The two pieces of Kamaboko fishcakes are red and white, which are considered a lucky and festive color combination in Japan.
Good wishes are most direct with the block of Tofu bearing the kanji for kotobuki, or “happiness”. The two remaining pieces, simmered shiitake mushroom and Kabocha (Japanese pumpkin), are less common members of the osechi cast, but in the case of shiitake, their delicacy status provides New Year’s Eve atmosphere on a culinary high note. As for kabocha, because the nutrients in the squash-like vegetable are believed to be effective in preventing colds, it is traditionally eaten at the winter solstice and sometimes slips into osechi just over a week later. Additionally, the specific variety of the Kosechi set is called Ebisu kabocha, named after Ebisuone of the Seven Fortune Gods of Japan who bestow wealth and prosperity.
And obviously, if you’re hoping to start the new year off on the right foot, you’ll want to end your meal with dessert, and so Kura Sushi has that too. two special seasonal treats. The first is what appears to be kagami mochi, the pile of rice cakes topped with a tangerine that Japanese families put up as a New Year’s decoration. But in reality, what Kura Sushi offers is a confection made from strawberry flavored sweet bean paste.
There is also a sweet bean paste tigeras Japan moves forward and transitions to the next Chinese zodiac animal in line on January 1st.
The Kosechi is priced at 500 yen (US$4.35) and the desserts at 220 yen each, so eating all three shouldn’t blow your food budget for the year, and they’re all available as entrees. eat at Kura Sushi branches from December 27. And if it’s Christmas you’re spending alone, don’t worry, Japan has a meal for that too.
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