Guam Diner Bytes: New Year's Day Traditional Lunch at Issin Japanese Restaurant
It seemed like deja vu as we once again welcomed the new year by observing a centuries old Japanese custom - eating a bowl of Ozoni, the traditional mochi soup garnished with yuzu peel and mitsuba. Ozoni has the glutinous mochi rice cake in savory dashi (soup stock) along with mushrooms, carrots, onions, and chicken. The mochi is grilled in a broiler to soften it up and to brown the outside, giving it a distinctive toasted rice taste. The bowls of Ozoni cost $8.00 each. As this is not on the menu, it is a special they should have available. If you are interested in ordering it for next year’s first day of the new year, you can contact Issin’s owner, Tom Iizuka, to order Ozoni for New Year’s day lunch when making your reservation.