Some families love serving traditional Christmas dishes; others don’t. We’re one of those who veer away from tradition especially the part about overloaded Christmas tables. It just doesn’t make sense to prepare more than what people can realistically consume. We prefer to keep it simple but still special. It is, after all, the company that counts.
For you who are not so much into traditional Christmas menus, or if you’re looking for a change, and if you love Japanese food as much as we do here at home, you want want to consider a meal that consists of Japanese dishes.
This is an updated list. The original was published in 2011. I’ve added a lot of Japanese dishes since then and improved old ones so there’s more to choose from this year.
First, let’s talk about starters. You know, food that everyone can easily pick up while chatting and moving around before dinner. My suggestions?
So far, so good.
When everyone is ready to sit down, the real meal begins.
Now, comes the main dish or dishes. What’s ideal? You’ve already served beef and seafood, so, why not pork and chicken?
For the pork dish:
For the chicken dish:
Of course, you’ll want to serve side dishes with the meat. Choose from:
What about rice? There has to be a rice dish since this is a Japanese menu. What about:
If a noodle dish is a must, choose between hot and cold noodles:
Don’t forget to serve tea throughout the meal.
What about sweets? Creating Japanese desserts is something I reserve for the pros. If there’s a Japanese bakery nearby, I suggest mochi ice cream.
Check out the full Japanese & Japanese-inspired recipe archive for more ideas.