Osechi-Ryori is traditional Japanese New Year’s food eaten during the first three days of the New Year. Each dishes that make up Osechi-Ryori has a special meaning celebrating the New Year (such as good health, fertility, good harvest, happiness, long life, etc…) and those dishes can last for a couple of days in the refrigerator or at cool room temperature in winter. Usually, they are served in Jyubako (重箱: three-tiered bento boxes). In the first tier, we serve colorful festive dishes such as shrimp, black beans, sweet chestnuts, etc… In the second tier we serve Sunomono (pickled dishes) and Yakimono (grilled dishes). And in the third tier, we serve Nimono (simmered dish) called Nishime (simmered Japanese vegetables).
I prefer to cook a lot of Savory dishes and buy small portion of sweet dishes. Nowadays, stores are open 365 days and you can get food during the holiday season so there is no reason to cook a lot of sweet dishes and save till the holiday is over 😅👍
Japanese New Year Food (Osechi-Ryōri) recipes are HERE:
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