What Is Nikkei Cuisine? Here’s Where It Originated, Its Popular Dishes, & Where In India You Can Try It

by Tooba Shaikh
What Is Nikkei Cuisine? Here’s Where It Originated, Its Popular Dishes, & Where In India You Can Try It

If you’re a foodie who loves to try different cuisines from different parts of the world, then you must have come across the term Nikkei cuisine. Even if you haven’t, you don’t have to worry about it; we’re here to tell you exactly what it entails, where it originated and where in India can you give this exciting new cuisine a try! The cuisine has been all the rage on the Internet and has been trending all over the world, especially in the European continent.

Nikkei Cuisine: Its Origin & History

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Nikkei cuisine is a beautiful confluence of Brazilian, Peruvian, and Japanese cuisines. Now, if you’re good at geography, you might understand why Peru and Brazil might have an intersecting cuisine, but how did Japanese cuisine enter this unlikely mix?

Well, the answer lies in history. Colonialism has played a major role in spawning culinary innovation. Due to colonialism, the invading nations discovered a plethora of spices and cultures which helped in developing cuisines.

Conversely, in the last century, a large number of the Japanese population migrated to South America, more specifically, Brazil for many reasons. This was the largest Japanese diaspora that the country ever saw and it took place in the previous century. Thus began the convergence of two unlikely cultures which spawned what we know today as Nikkei Cuisine.

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Some Noteworthy Dishes Of This Dynamic Cuisine

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Nikkei cuisine has a lot to offer, especially if you love seafood. Since Brazil and Japan, both of seafood as a common point, it is no surprise that Nikkei cuisine, too, has a lot of seafood options to choose from.

Among the most popular Nikkei dishes is Tiradito. It is essentially sashimi, which is sliced raw fish that is a common dish in Japan, in spicy sauce. This dish is hugely popular because the spiciness of the sauce perfectly complements the freshness of the fish.

Another hugely popular dish is Miso soup with Hearts of palm. The hearts of palm adds a perfect balance to the umami flavour of the miso soup. The gilthead seabream with yuzu rice is also another popular dish from the cuisine.

Where In India Can You Enjoy This Cuisine?

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Here are a couple of places in India where you can enjoy this dynamic and trending cuisine.

Soy Como Soy, Pune


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Where: Kalyani Nagar

When: 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM to 1:30 AM

Cost: ₹2,500 for two approx.

Koishii, Mumbai

Where: St. Regis Mumbai, Lower Parel

When: 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Cost: ₹7,000 for two approx.

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Have you tried this new cuisine yet? Let us know in the comments below!