What Japanese food should I try?

Previously we’ve been over the Japanese foods you should try if you get the chance. Here we conclude with some final dishes that you should try if you’re in Japan or in a Japanese restaurant.

7. Nabe

From flickr yyokota's picture
Nabe is Japans winter food. It’s filling, warm and starchy. There are main varieties of Nabe. All Nabe is cooked in a big ceramic pot. Nabe is eaten at home and at restaurants. It will be served in the pot which will have some sort of heat source under it. The ingredients are cooked at the table. Opening the pot with reveal a bubbling stew type mixture. There will be mushrooms, meat, cabbage and other filling treats. All this will be in a tasty broth. There are many different mixes that go in the pot. Kimchi nabe is quite popular – this uses the spicy Korean cabbage for flavour. Around winter this is easy to order. Like many foods it can be tried at an Izukaiya – a good place to go to get a taste of everything.

8. Yakiniku

Japanese people consider this to be Korean but I’m quite sure there are differences. Either way it’s extremely popular. Yakiniku is served at special restaurants. The main different being that in the middle of your table there will be a barbeque! This will be lit when you are seated. What is burning in the barbeque really depends on the restaurant in cheaper ones it will be gas, otherwise coals or wood!

Yay yakiniku
From the menu you will be able to pick a selection of raw meats and seafood. As sides you will be able to also have rice and miso soup. The exciting bit’s the raw food though. You can order many different types of meat. A word of warning is there’s a greater variety of meat than you might be used to. By this I mean cow’s tongue and pig stomach (which I hear is great for the skin).

Anyway you order platefuls of meat and then throw on the grill. There’s lots of fire and when you’re happy you remove the charred meat and eat! It’s quite common to wrap the meat in a lettuce leaf and apply condiments as you see fit.

9. Tempura

Tempura is food that is battered. It’s quite common to get tempura pieces in bentos (Japanese lunch box) and on top of rice (tempura don). The most important thing with tempura is ensure that it’s freshly battered – this way it will be crisp and crunchy, rather than soggy and unpleasant.

Yay tempura
Fish is the prime tempura target but also many vegetables and types of sea food are created. Leafs too – these tastes just like crisps! Tempura often comes with a dipping sauce – the type of sauce varies by restaurant. Some times you will be given a thick soy sauce other times a very light golden sauce. Soy-sauce is probably fine too – if you want to try creating some tempura at home.

10. Udon or soba

Yay soba from keepons flickr post.
Udon and Soba are two of the most common of the many many Japanese noodles. The noodles are eaten in a variety of ways – alone with a dipping sauce on the side (such as curry sauce). Sometimes they’re eaten cold – though more commonly hot. They’re also to be found in soups. Sometimes they’re eaten almost like pasta and sometimes a little like ramen. Japanese households will often use the noodles as a base for a meal or alternative or accompaniment to rice.

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