The main difference between Japanese and Chinese cuisine is that seafood often predominates in Japanese dishes, meat is more common in Chinese dishes (but in much smaller volumes than in any European cuisine) and noodles. Chinese cuisine is more ancient, like China itself, and more diverse. There are regional differences in the preparation of Chinese dishes, for example, Cantonese cuisine, Sichuan cuisine, etc. A huge number of rice and noodle dishes, soy dishes are popular. Popular vegetables in China are Peking cabbage, bitter cucumber, Chinese broccoli, bean sprouts, pea stalks, watercress, celery, mustard leaves. Popular seasonings in China: ginger, garlic, green onion, white pepper, sesame oil, Sichuan pepper, star anise, cinnamon, dill, coriander, curly parsley, cloves, etc. It has already been indicated above that there are meat dishes in Chinese cuisine, more than in Japanese. The Chinese love dumplings (they certainly do not call them dumplings, these are jiaozi, baozi, wontons, etc.). We will only add that there are dishes made from dog meat in Chinese cuisine. Tea and the tea ceremony occupy a special place in China. In the world, one of the dishes of national Chinese cuisine is most popular – Chinese noodles.
Japanese national cuisine is rich in seafood dishes, which is not surprising, because Japan is a country consisting of islands. Meat dishes are also in the Japanese diet, but they have appeared quite recently. the key difference between Japanese cuisine and Japanese cuisine is that Japanese chefs strive to preserve or recreate the natural taste of the products from which the dish is prepared, and not to change the taste, as is the case in Chinese cuisine. Japanese chefs strive to ensure that all products are as fresh as possible, there are almost no long-term storage products in Japanese cuisine (except rice and other grains). Therefore, there are many dishes made from fresh fish and shellfish. Great importance is paid to the appearance of ready-made dishes. In Japanese cuisine, as in Chinese, there are also many dishes made of noodles, soy and legumes, but the dishes are not so stuffed with seasonings. Herbal tea is also available. In the world, such a dish of Japanese cuisine as sushi (rolls) is in great commercial success and demand. The demand for sushi is explained simply, this is an unusual dish for a person accustomed to European cuisines, but it does not cause rejection, commercial success is explained even more simply – it is a combination of high demand and very low cost (a little rice and a piece of fish).