Japan is not only known for its attractive places, anime or unique culture. Food is also a big thing when it comes to their country. Various netizens say that their foods are not only delicious but also unique and famous. I’m sure you guys have a lot of Japanese favorites, but let’s list down the best foods all around.
Note: This list is not sorted, all the famous and popular foods will just be listed down randomly.
Udon (うどん) Noodles
Udon is a type of noodle with thick wheat flour. It can be served actually in both hot and cold version without losing its delicious flavor. The hot version is commonly ordered compared to the cold one, probably because the hot version is the first choice of anyone who wants to eat a normal meal. It can also be served with or without a soup and you can pick whether you want some vegetables, meat or egg. Chopped scallions are usually placed on top of Udon, providing the better coverage of the food.
When you want to eat in some restaurants in Japan, the Udon Noodles will always be on their menu. Which means, if you haven’t tried it yet, it can be a great opportunity for you to grab and experience this amazing food in Japan!
Tempura is not just famous in Japan but is also famous all around the world. It’s actually not a native dish in Japan since it was brought by the Portuguese to their country. This dish is created using vegetables and seafood which is definitely a delicious food choice! Tempura is battered and cooked as deep fried. Many restaurants offer tempura as part of a set meal or a bento (lunch box), and it is also a popular ingredient in take-out or convenience store bento boxes.
You can’t think of Japanese foods without sushi! Sushi is probably one of the most symbolic food from Japan. Styles of sushi and its presentation vary widely, but the key ingredient will always be the sushi rice. It is served with specially prepared vinegar rice combined with other ingredients like vegetables or seafood. It can be prepared with either the white rice or the brown rice, either way, the outcome will always be great, especially when you combined the other ingredients.
It is also often been confused with Sashimi, a related Japanese dish, although it is actually different from Sushi!
The word ‘ramen’ is a borrowed word from China’s ‘lamian’ noodles. Nearly every region in Japan has its own variation of ramen, from the pork bone broth ramen of Kyushu to the miso ramen of Hokkaido. The noodle consists of wheat noodles in Chinese style, mixed with meat and vegetables, often flavored with soy sauce or miso. Toppings occasionally include sliced pork, green onions, menma or dried seaweed. You can also add some other toppings depending on how you want it. Nevertheless, the ramen will always be special since it can definitely fulfill your hunger and satisfy your cravings.
Japanese Curry (カレ)
A wide variety of vegetables and meats are used to make Japanese curry. The basic vegetables are carrots, potatoes, and onions. You can also add meat, like chicken, beef or pork. It is commonly served in 3 forms, namely, the curry over rice, the curry over noodles, or curry bread.
Curry was actually introduced to Japan by the British during the Meiji era. The dish became famous all over Japan and was passed from generation to generation. Restaurants and the food market were selling the product to the people due to fact that it’s widely consumed.
So here is the mini-list of Japan’s most popular dishes! What’s your favorite among this list? Care to share?