If you ever get the chance to visit Japan, make sure you don’t leave the country without trying out some of their most special food items. You will definitely not regret it and besides having the best Japanese food experiences, you’ll be left with some wonderful memories, too. ☺
So, here’s a list of must-try foods when in Japan:
The simple explanation of Sushi would be that it is a raw fish served on rice seasoned lightly with vinegar. It’s in the variety of flavors and textures that things get really fascinating.
Unagi is river eel grilled over charcoal and lacquered with a sweet barbecue sauce. It’s also a delicacy evocative of old Japan and most restaurants that specialize in eel have a great traditional feel. Fresh, wild-caught unagi is available, for those who like to enjoy it, May through October.
Soba - long, thin buckwheat noodles - are a staple of Japanese cuisine, especially in the mountainous regions where hardy buckwheat fares better than rice. The noodles are served in either a hot, soy sauce-flavored broth or at room temperature on a bamboo mat with broth on the side for dipping.
The delicious tempura is Japan’s contribution to the world of deep-fried foods. The batter-coated seafood and vegetables are traditionally fried in sesame oil and served with either a small pool of salt or a dish of soy sauce-flavored broth spiked with grated radish for dipping.
Tonkatsu is a breaded and deep-fried pork cutlet that actually dates to the late 19th Century when Japan threw open its doors to Western influence. However, regardless of the European origin, the ingredients and attention to detail are completely Japanese. Tonkatsu is extremely tender, and it’s served with a side of miso soup and a mountain of shredded cabbage.
When it comes to the evening ritual, for many of Japan’s men a cold beer and a few skewers of yakitori - charcoal grilled chicken - is a must. Nearly all the part of the chicken are on the menu, and they are all grilled to perfection, seasoned with either shio (salt) or tare (a sweet soy sauce-based sauce) and served with a side of friendly banter.
If you are a Japanese cuisine fan you may already know how delicious these foods are, but surely you would want to try them again as soon as you get the chance.
Remember, if you get to Japan, don’t leave before tasting at least some of these foods, if not all. In case you don’t have plans to visit Japan any time soon, but would give anything to have a taste of Japan through traditional food, you can visit the best Asian restaurant close to you and go for it.
How often do you opt for Japanese cuisine when dining out? And which Japanese dish is your favorite? Please share with us in the comment section below.