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Don't Leave Japan Without Trying These 10 Foods

09 November 2017 by Anna Staford

Travelling to Japan

Japan is one of those countries that many people would call once-in-a-lifetime travel destination. The reasons to visit it vary from getting to know the country’s centuries old traditions to enjoying its buzzing cities with ultra-modern trends in fashion, music and architecture. Undoubtedly, one more reason to travel to Japan is to sample some its famous dishes that have spread throughout the world. Japanese food is known to be nutritious based on super-fresh seasonal products and unimaginable combinations of different types of ingredients. So here are some of the top 10 Japanese foods to try while travelling in Japan:

Sushi

Sushi dish

It is a Japanese must-try number one and probably one of the most famous Japanese types of dish now available to purchase in most Western Countries. The variety of flavours, textures and ingredients gives you an unlimited number of options to try out this traditional dish.

Ramen

It is a dish consisting of egg noodles in a seasoned salty broth. Though being borrowed from China, nowadays ramen is an integral part of Japanese cuisine. Four main styles of ramen are made of miso (fermented soybeans), pork bone, soy sauce and simple salt.

Unagi

It is a grilled river eel lacquered with a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce. Note that unagi cooked from freshly caught eel is available from May till October.

Yakitori

Japanese yakitori

It is a Japanese type of skewered chicken. It is made with several bite-sized pieces of chicken meat, or chicken offal, mounted on a bamboo skewer and grilled, usually over binchōtan charcoal. Almost every part of the chicken is in the menu, so you’ll have a variety to choose from.

Tonkatsu

It is a deep-fried pork cutlet introduced to Japanese by Westerners in 19th century. Despite not being originally Japanese dish, tonkatsu is cocked with completely Japanese style and you’ll understand what we mean when seeing it served with a miso soup and a pile of shredded cabbage with different sauces.

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Okonomiyaki

It is a spicy pancake filled with different ingredients such as pork and cabbage. It is then topped with dried seaweed, fish flakes, and mayonnaise. One extra reason to try it is the fact that in some restaurants you’ll have the opportunity to grill it yourself at a special hotplate built into the table.

Soba

Japanese noodles soba

It is a beloved Japanese dish consisting of buckwheat noodles served with hot sauce or soy sauce-flavoured broth.

Tempura

It is dish of batter-coated vegetables, prawns or other seafood fried in sesame oil. It is served with a soy sauce-flavoured broth that is spiked with grated radish.

Shishamo

It is a small grilled smelt fish filled with roe and served whole. It is mostly admired by the drinking people.

Tofu

It is known all around the world but you will be surprised how good it is in Japan. Fresh and tasty, it may seem completely different to what you are used to buy in the supermarkets.

We hope during your trip to Japan you have the opportunity to enjoy the varied culture from the traditional to the more new and modern and always remember to travel safe with Globelink International!

Read also: 9 Most Dangerous Foods in the World

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