Ooh, an authenticity debate!
Nah! If my Mexican friend gives me a recipe for deep-fried Mars bars does that make the bars Mexican food? Nah. On this plate the only "vague" connection to Japan might be the inclusion of rice and soya sauce. Cheese is simply NOT a traditional (authentic or otherwise) ingredient.
I am just fine with people incorporating ingredients from other cuisines when necessary. There are many Japanese ingredients which are difficult if not impossible to find in North America. I often substitute but cheese ....c'mon.
This is a new member and I hope one who is able to spend some time exploring our forums and learning a bit more about various cuisines. It is not about authenticity so much as it is about taking the time to learn a little bit about a community you choose to join and what it stands for. Similarly learning a little bit about Japanese cuisine before posting on the Japanese forum.
Doubt anyone would have objected had this meal had been posted in the Dinner topic.
Let's all try to forget it now and welcome Dango to eG and I will offer my personal apologies but I was completely taken aback and apparently forgot my manners.
aka "Anna N"
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