Most people immediately think of sushi when they think of Japanese restaurants, or even hibachi restaurants. If you’ve been there, tried that, consider choosing something new next time you’re in a Japanese restaurant.
I admit that one of my proudest moments as a mother and amateur chef was the day my son tried sushi for the first time. Still, I understand that sushi is not everyone’s idea of a good time. So if you’re eager to introduce your child to new foods, start with something simple.
For example, gyoza are delicious Japanese dumplings that are often served with raw, diced vegetables.
Noodles are usually a big hit with kids. If your children are adept at spaghetti, try them on soba noodles, which are made from buckwheat flour and served either in a soup or with a dipping sauce on the side. Be careful – the dipping sauce can be spicy.
Udon noodles are wheat-flour noodles that are usually served in a soup paired with tofu, shrimp, and vegetables.
Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong. Japanese food is thought to be among the healthiest in the world. Just watch out for the tempura.
Not only is Korean food fun to pronounce, it’s delicious to eat.
Although Korean food is less well known than Japanese and Chinese food, according to food experts, it’s set to be the hot new cuisine in 2011.
Adults trying Korean food for the first time may want to choose items that are similar to foods they already know and like. Tangsuyuk is like sweet and sour chicken. Kalbi is beef on the bone, similar to spare ribs.
For adults who love spicy food, try kimchi jigae, a spicy stew.
For children, mandu soup is a great place to begin because it’s similar to wonton soup. If they’re willing to try tofu, it’s a great, healthy choice. Tofu is flavor-friendly; with just a little soy sauce it’s similar to eating plain rice.
Bim Bim Bap is also a good choice for children because you can control the spiciness.
If they’re into noodles, ramyan are thin noodles served with broth.
In many European countries, such as Austria, people make a LOT of noise on New Year’s Eve in order to frighten away the evil spirits who are believed to try to take advantage of the last night of the year to make mischief.
At midnight, car horns blow, church bells ring, and all other manner of noise is made to ensure a safe end to one year and the launching of a new one.
Far be it from me to encourage your children to go crazy and get loud (especially if you life in an apartment building or a townhouse) but if it works for you and your family – and if you’ve got whistles, rattles, horns, bells, pots and pans, or anything else to clang) – consider letting loose for a few minutes when the clock strikes twelve.
If there’s any chance making a mini noise disturbance will bring you a better, happier, and luckier 2011, isn’t it worth the ear pain and potential complaints? I’ll let you be the judge of that.
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