After the spring months of high wind and sunshine, summer begins in Japan. However,it would be wrong to think it is anything like the summer of dry heat and beach weather known to Hungary; in Japan, summer commences with a rainy interval, followed by a period of heat and humidity, from the beginning of June to mid-July (according to some sources, even lasting till’ September). The bad weather is caused by the collision of cold northerly and warm southerly air masses usually meeting around this time every year. Of course our Japanese friends are prepared for rain and stuffy heat as well. Let’s see how they survive the rainy season!

In watermelon sugar

Those who live with diabetes better cover their eyes now. Even better if they skip this paragraph. As for the rest…I would suggest handling watermelon kakigori with utmost care. Kakigori itself is a sort of Japanese slush drink, made of shaved ice, condensed milk and some kind of fruit. Dozens of variations exist, this time I picked the watermelon kakigori (typical in the summer) which, in my opinion, is the most bizarre one. Why is it so? I, for one, would never put sugar on top of watermelon, and that is indeed what watermelon kakigori is: crushed watermelon, shaved ice and sugar syrup. It could be refreshing…for some people.

Hiyayakko: cool tofu

This meal seems much healthier than watermelon ice! It is also easy to prepare; no one would like to spend hours next to the oven in the stuffy heat, right? All we need is tofu, avocado, green onions with soy sauce and a bit of sesame oil. All ingredients go on top of the previously diced tofu; avocado is crushed with a fork (although not entirely) and seasoned with the rest of the ingredients according to taste. A bit of black pepper can be added at the end. It is meant to be refreshing, since all the stuff that  used are cool or even cold!

Refreshing pasta: hiyashi chuka

Hiyashi chuka, this spectacularly  colourful dish is only sold in restaurants during the summer, but it is also easy to make at home. Ramen (or any pasta of the like, as long as it is freshly cooked) is the base of this meal. After being cooked, it is cooled down and all sorts of things can go on top: colourful veggies like cucumber, tomato, corn or even asparagus, while shredded egg, chicken or prawns provide us with protein. This unique dish is crowned with a refreshingly tangy sauce, which consists of soy sauce, vinegar and and sesame oil and sometimes completed with grated ginger.

Sushi Sei, the Japanese restaurant awaits its customers with neat and elegant surroundings in the heart of Óbuda. Taste our traditional and modern Japanese meals made from the best of ingredients and with the highest of expertise! Sushi Sei is the ideal venue for family gatherings, cheering with our friends or business meetings. Book a table now, or ask for  delivery to indulge in your favourite Japanese dishes at home!