Yoshoku: Western-influenced Dishes Adapted for Japanese Taste

Yokohama is one of Japan’s leading port cities. Since its opening in 1859, Yokohama has grown into a vibrant international city with a long history of economic and cultural exchange. As a gateway to the rest of the world and the birthplace of Western culture in Japan, Yokohama is home to many Western-style restaurants arranged in a way that is familiar to Japanese people. In the early Meiji period (1868-1912), the government actively encouraged the westernization of the Japanese diet among elite classes. By the middle of the Meiji era, Western cuisine had begun to permeate the daily life of ordinary people through the efforts of a new breed of chefs. Pork cutlets, curry rice, croquettes, fried oysters, fried shrimp, and omelets, standard Western dishes, were modified for the Japanese market.     

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