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Eating wild boar didn’t bore me

Have you ever had botan nabe before? I had an opportunity to have it in Tokyo at the end of last year.

At first, let me explain several Japanese words to you. Nabe is one of Japanese cuisine which the Japanese prefer to have in winter. Literally, nabe itself means a cooking tool like a pan, a saucepan, a pot, etc. so that you can boil ingredients such as vegetables or meat.

This is a nabe.
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On the other hand, the word nabe can also indicate cuisine during conversations. If your friend said, ‘What’s for dinner? Nabe would be nice, wouldn’t it?’, your friend would think about nabe as dishes, not as a cooking tool.

We have many kinds of nabe in Japan, such as motu nabe(vowels of cows or pigs are into it), chiri nabe(fish is into it). In the case of botan nabe, wild boar meat is used. The word, botan, is one of flowers, peony. After chefs slice the boar meat, they put the sliced meat on a dish and decorate the meat like a peony.

This is a peony.
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momonjiya was the restaurant I visited this time. It’s running its own business since 1718, in Edo era. Now that the 9th owner has been leading it.
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As you come closer to the restaurant, you can see a boar hanging on the wall of the restaurant.
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You can find several wild animals’ fur at the entrance of the restaurant. Starting from the left, a bear, a boar, a Japanese deer.
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I ordered a cuisine featuring three wild animals, bear, Japanese deer, and boar. Unfortunately, the staff didn’t decorate the wild boar meat like a peony this time. null

This is raw deer meat called sashimi. It was so delicious and tender.
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In general, the meat becomes hard as it is boiled, however, boar meat turns more tender. It’ll be about time for you to eat it in ten or fifteen minutes.
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Now that we have more delicious food such as beef or pork, so maybe wild boar might not be your thing. However, people living in Edo era had no chance to taste both beef and pork at that time. Wild boar meat should be one of luxurious cuisine for the people those days.

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Categories: Japanese Culture
  1. January 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    This is interesting. Love the title with the playful way you used the words.

    • honeypotter
      January 21, 2011 at 4:58 am

      Oh, thanks 🙂 It sounded like strange by adding articles, so I corrected it. I hope I would become good at naming my articles. I often check titles on newspapers or magazines. 🙂

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