Crab: Your Best Friend with Ten Legs

Soft shell crab, crab cakes, ginger crab, these are some of the ways you can enjoy your favorite decapod at the Akasaka Federal Way Japanese restaurant. We stand by our crab, so we feel the need to step up on its behalf when we hear people question the nutritional merit thereof. Crab, in all its delicious forms, is a healthy choice for any good seafood patron.

First and foremost, crab contains omega-3 fatty acids. This is a trait of all shellfish, and it’s one of the best reasons to eat seafood. The benefits to your heart have been well-documented. On top of this, crab also features chromium and selenium. The former is good for preventing or managing diabetes, as it facilitates the metabolization of sugar and therefore lowers the glucose level of your blood. The latter is a valuable antioxidant that helps to battle carcinogens, including cadmium, arsenic, and mercury.

So come sink your teeth into a good piece of crustacean! Akasaka Restaurant is always a great choice in a pinch!

The Health Benefits of Soy Sauce

Just like any other Japanese restaurant, Federal Way’s own Akasaka provides soy sauce to help spice up your dining experience. It’s easy to think of it as another oily, salty condiment that should be forgone by anybody on a proper diet. However, before you write off the murky brown bottle, perhaps you would care to learn of the many health benefits contained therein.

It is true that soy sauce can be high in sodium, which can be bad for people fighting high blood pressure. However, it’s also worth noting that the sauce’s strong flavor allows you to use very little of it, and you may in fact come out ahead by favoring it over a salt shaker. And that’s without even factoring in the vitamins and minerals found in soy sauce.

Soy sauce originated as a byproduct of the process of fermenting soybeans into miso and, as any good health nut should know, soybeans are packed with nutritional value. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that soy sauce managed to make off with some of this as well. Firstly, soy sauce contains niacin, which is great for heart health. It regulates fat content in the blood stream and promotes the production of the good variety of cholesterol. Considering that soy sauce contains a scant ten calories per tablespoon, its niacin levels are deemed quite high.

Additionally, soy sauce contains some trace antioxidants and a good supply of tryptophan. These work to promote health, facilitate sleep, and even improve your mood. All in all, a little bit of soy sauce goes a long way.

Wasabi and Sushi

If it’s your first time eating sushi at our Federal Way Japanese Restaurant, you may wonder about the green blob beside your sushi. Be careful — it’s wasabi, and while it is an essential part of many sushi-lovers’ culinary experience, it’s not for the faint of heart. Wasabi is a Japanese root that is mixed with horseradish, cabbages, and mustard to make a spicy green paste. Because wasabi loses flavor after just 15 minutes, Japanese restaurants mix the paste after the customer places his or her order. Wasabi can be dabbed directly onto your sushi or mixed into a dish of soy sauce. Either way, start with a small amount if you aren’t accustomed to its intensity. However, we encourage you to work your way up; wasabi, with its rich flavors, may come to bring your sushi newfound life!