After one too many pigs-in-blankets, a near-empty Quality Street tin down (apart from the orange creams, we’re not mad) and Baileys running through our veins it’s time to take off the gluttony glasses and kick start 2013 with a healthy-eating plan you can easily stick to and tastes amazing. Impossible we hear you cry! No no no, there’s a reason Japan has the lowest obesity rate and the longest life expectancy in the world and in the coming weeks we’ll share Japan’s diet secrets with you.
A little over a month ago Japan Centre opened new restaurant, Shoryu Ramen. Not content with holding the crown for tempura, sushi and other treats at Toku and umai, we branched out into ramen noodles too. Given 4* by Time Out and enthusiastic newspaper and blogger reviews coming in thick and fast, Inside Japan Centre decided to send some of our food-fanatic Japan Centre team over to Shoryu to give you our own review, as we (greedily) were able to sample quite an extensive amount of the menu in one go!

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… such a simple statement, but an important aspect of life for over half of the world’s population who eat rice everyday!

With a healthy amount of vitamin B, fibre and protein, rice gives you energy quickly and due to it being an easily digestible food, it is easy to see why such a large percentage of the world relies on this super grain.

That’s great, but –

If only it tasted a little bit more exiting!

I like rice, I can happily eat it is everyday. It goes very well with lots of different foods and soaks up the flavour of anything it is cooked with. Japanese people however, tend to eat plain old boiled white rice, which let’s be honest can do with a little more oomph to the flavour.

Even Japanese people know that there is more to rice than plain boiled rice, so there are a few different ways they have established to give rice some more excitement when you eat it everyday.

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The same way that British people enjoy different varieties of tea, such as Earl Grey or Darjeeling, Japanese tea also has a huge range of different types, all with subtle differences in taste and aroma.

Although all these different varieties give us a great opportunity to sample all the exotic flavours, it can also make it difficult to choose which type of tea is the best choice for you.

Check out our guide to find out more about all the delicious types of Japanese green tea: