My 2nd favorite japanese food is a leaf, a shiso leaf.
The shiso leaf is used in the japanese restaurants (in the Chinese ones, you’ll find the little green plastic separation) generally on the sushis/sashimis plate to separate the sushis/sashimis.
It can also be used as topping on sashimis or on tofu.
|Shiso on my sashimis||the leaf||Shiso on my tofu|
Shiso is sometimes called the japanese basil or beefsteak plant.
It tastes like anise and if you don’t know what it is you may thing it’s just a decoration. No, it’s not!
You are more than welcomed to eat it because it’s full of dietary fiber, calcium-iron-potassium, vitamin A-C and riboflavin.
It’s also use to preserve food due to its anti-bacterial properties.
Check the tororo kombu