Japanese New Year is different from Vietnamese New Year (Part 2): Tet Dishes

No braised pork with eggs, no banh chung and banh tet like Tet in Vietnam, the Japanese eat traditional dishes of their country during the Tet holiday. In this post, we invite you to join Lag and learn about Tet dishes that are different from Tet in Vietnam.

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1. Toshikishi Soba – longevity noodles

This is a dish that the Japanese must eat on New Year’s Eve, which falls on January 1st. The noodles are made with buckwheat and the soup is simply boiled with seaweed and fish paste (there may be different recipes in different regions). The Japanese eat this type of noodles because they believe they will live a long, healthy life. They also believe that soba noodles that are not too hard will act like bad luck, which doesn’t last long, but soon fades away and good luck comes.

2. Ozone


I often see this dish when watching Japanese movies. Ozoni is an “everything that goes together” soup that usually includes mochi. Chefs can add their favorite ingredients to make the soup more delicious. On the morning of the first day of the Lunar New Year, every household eats ozoni for good luck in the coming year.

3. Osechi Ryori – Japanese New Year’s Day Plate

    Osechi cuisine

Osechi Ryori is the name of the Japanese New Year celebration. This tray has been around since the Heian period and has undergone many changes. Today, although Osechi Cuisine no longer maintains the original taste, it still guarantees three elements: nutritious food, exquisite decoration, and packed in a heavy box.

Jubako boxes usually have 4 layers. Each layer will contain a different type of food.

  • The first floor is for New Year’s greetings, with simple dishes and wine.
  • The second floor is where sweets that both adults and children can eat are stored.
  • The third floor is dishes from the sea, usually baked.
  • The 4th floor is the dishes in the mountains.

Osechi Ryori is the main menu during Japanese New Year. These dishes will be finished before the Spring Festival, enough for the Japanese to eat in the first three days of the year. This is very similar to Vietnam, we also have dishes throughout Tet…not yet finished, such as braised duck, papaya, banh chung, banh tet,…

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4. Mochi

rice cake

Yes, of course. This list cannot be without mochi. It is a Japanese specialty and people in this country eat it all year round. However, when Tet comes, special types of mochi are made, such as Kagami mochi – a dish believed to bring good luck and a happy life (usually eaten on the 11th or 20th). Chinese New Year is also a time when families get together to make their own mochi, with the aim of strengthening unity and bonding between people.

5. Thai Porridge

that Thai porridge

Thai porridge is a nutritious meal made with 7 different vegetables that grow in spring. 7 beards include: Suzuna – Round Radish, Hotokezona and Gogyo – 2 Chrysanthemums, Seri – Neem, Nazuna – Fenugreek, Hakoberu – Sage, Suzushiro – Radish. Thai porridge is usually eaten on January 7th, which is considered by the Japanese to be Human Day. This mild dish has the effect of soothing the stomach after the Spring Festival holiday.

(to be continued…)

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