Japanese food: Paradise For Food-Lovers!!
Japanese food is without a doubt my favorite part of Japan! Back in the ol’ US of A, we have sushi restaurants popping up everywhere, and a new craze for Japanese donburi, but I never really tasted authentic Japanese food until I came here. The food in Japan is truly incredible.
If you like seafood, Japan is paradise. Seafood in Japan is so fresh and delicious, you’ll feel like you’ve never tried it before. I grew up on frozen shrimp from the grocery store, and the first time I had fresh shrimp in Japan, it blew my mind. Not only that, in Japan you will have the opportunity to try things you’ve never imagined you could eat. For example, how about octopus!! Come on, have a sense of adventure! You haven’t lived until you’ve tried something with tentacles!
Of course, the most famous seafood in Japan is sashimi, raw slices of fish. Be adventurous! Pick up a slice and swish it in your soy sauce and wasabi and enjoy!
OK, so if seafood is not your thing, what can you eat? Actually there are lots of tasty dishes that contain nothing from the depths of the ocean. Most Japanese food is rice or noodle based. In addition to seafood, the Japanese diet consists of vegetables, poultry and meat as well.
For meat-eaters, I would recommend yakiniku. At a yakiniku restaurant, you can get a variety of different small cuts of meat to fry at your own table. The meat comes with different kinds of dipping sauces. If you like spicy food, you can try some of the hot ones.
One of the all time favorites among westerners in Japan is tonkatsu. Tonkatsu is cuts of meat (usually pork, but you can also order chicken) fried and served over rice. Although tonkatsu is fried, a different kind of oil is used which makes it light, fluffy and crispy. Finally, Japanese barbecue sauce is poured over the cuts and you get a side of mustard.
Japan has many kinds of tasty noodles. My personal favorite is yakisoba, fried noodles in sauce. There are also a variety of noodle dishes served in soup such as ramen and udon. I know, back home ramen is what you eat when you’re poor and can’t afford real food, but here in Japan a bowl of ramen is a meal in a half. It’s packed with vegetables, cuts of meat, and sometimes a boiled egg. There are also cold noodle dishes such as somen, which are served mostly in summertime. Each of these noodles has many different varieties for you to try as well.
I recommend Japan as a destination if for no other reason than the food alone. In Japan, you can try lots of different regional varieties of delicious authentic food.
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