Plating and Dishes
"A well balanced meal"
My goal in teaching Shojin Ryori Zen vegetarian meal.
Which is '一汁三菜' ichi-jyu - san-sai
一汁 Ichi-jyu (Rice, Soup, and Pickles)
三菜 San-Sai (three side dishes)
Most basic meal is called "ichi-jyu issai. 一汁一菜
A bowl of rice, miso soup, pickles, and ONE side dish.
However, for ordinary meal, adding two more side dish is the norm and is recommended in terms of complete and well-balanced meal.
一汁三菜 ichi jyu san sai
Ichi-jyu 一汁 ichi-one, jyu(jiru) means soup (pickles always accompanies rice and soup)Sai writes 菜 means vegetable
In my classes, I emphasis to cook this complete meal Ichi-jyu (Rice, Soup, and Pickles) San-Sai (Three side dishes)
The basic rule must be followed in all Japanese meal.
Rice: Left front
Soup: Right front
Pickles: Between or near the rice and the soup
Three side dishes: In the back