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Asian food sets 


Small plastic food pieces –
1 circle of white rice;
2 green leaves;
1 tan prawn cutlet;
1 tan crab claw;
2 white prawns;
1 tamaki (cone shaped);
1 tan tofu stack;
2 cream coloured dumplings;
2 white guotie dumplings;
1 clear dim sum dumplings;
1 yellow fortune cookies.
1 black & yellow soy sauce bottle with red lid;
1 tekka maki (red tuna in nori wrapped rice);
2 kappa maki (nori wrapped rice, orange & red veg);

Cultural notes

Sushi is a Japanese dish of vinegar ‘sushi rice’ combined with a variety of ingredients including seafood and vegetables.

Sushi is sometimes confused with Sashimi, a related Japanese dish consisting of thinly sliced raw fish. In Modern sushi restaurants, both sushi and sashimi may be available.

Unlike sashimi, which is almost always eaten with chopsticks, sushi is traditionally eaten with the fingers, even in a formal setting.

Soy sauce is the traditional condiment, and traditional etiquette is that the sushi is turned over, so that only the topping is dipped in the soy sauce. If this is difficult, pickled ginger may be used as a brush to baste the soy sauce on to the sushi.

The most common western sushi is makizushi, where the filling and rice is rolled in a thin sheet of nori (seaweed), however nigiri and inari are commonly served at sushi restaurants and trains.

While both Japanese and Chinese Cultures have similarities in their cuisine, there are a number of key differences:

  Japanese food Chinese food
Definition It reflects the taste and style of the people in Japan. It includes the cooking style of the people of China.
Ingredient Sea foods are used in traditional cuisine. Rice is more commonly made.
Oil It is less oily. Oil is used in a large amount.
Spices Small amount of spices are used in cooking. Large amount of spices are used in the cooking.
Tea Green tea is enjoyed. Black tea is used to drink.
Cooking style Raw food is more enjoyed. The food is evenly fried before eating.
Cooking pan Flat pans are used to grill the food. A wok is used to fry the food.
Example Tempura, Udon noodles, etc. Orange chicken, fried chicken with rice, etc.






Suggested activities

Borrow ‘All About Japan’ for songs, stories, crafts and more

Dramatic Play: 

  • Create a sushi restaurant in your home corner using a variety of sushi sets, chopsticks, table coverings and Japanese plates

Food and Cooking: 

  • Explore how sushi is made – watch videos and have a hands on experience where children can cut their own vegetables and roll their own sushi
  • Introduce sushi to your menu – local sushi restaurants often sell mini rolls of avocado, tuna or cucumber which can be a great introduction to sushi.

Sensory Play: 

  • Include bamboo sushi rolling mats with your play dough. use coloured matchsticks and paper as the vegetables and seaweed and practice rolling your own play dough sushi

Community Engagement:

  • Take children on an excursion to visit a sushi train – watch how the chefs create the rolls – it can be especially exciting to see them sear the toppings with a blowtorch!

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The research for this resource was made possible through a grant from the Central Coast Council.