Enjoying local foods is one of the best part while you are traveling abroad. Japanese food will please you with its variety, visual, and balance. It is no wonder that Japanese cuisine is recognized one of the most popular cuisines in the world.
Sushi is, without doubt, one of the most famous foods to come from Japan. A dish that was born in ancient times, sushi originated from the process of preserving fish in fermented rice. Today it’s made with vinegared rice and fresh fish, presented in a number of ways and shapes. Sushi is available at authentic Sushi restaurants which serve only Sushi, or affordable family Sushi restaurant with other a la cult menue.
Tonkatsu (Deep fried pork)
Tonkatsu is known as one of the most “anthentic” dishes of the world, which consists of deep-fried pork cutlet served with some shredded raw cabbage and sweet sauce. It is covered by crunchy bread crumbles. It goes very well with plane white rice. Tonkatsu is available at Teishoku restaurant, where provides home made Japanese dishes, or authentic Tonkatsu restaurants.
Takoyaki ( Ball-shaped snack with octopus)
Takoyaki is a ball-shaped Japanese snack or appetizer made of a flour based dough and cooked in a special molded pan to make it ball-shaped. It is typically filled with minced or diced octopus(tako), tempura scraps, pickled ginger, and green onion. The bunch of balls are brushed with takoyaki sauce (similar to worcestershire sauce) and mayonnaise, and then sprinkled with dried green laveer and shavings of dried benito. It is originally from Osaka, but available anywhere today.
Soba (Buckwheat needles)
Soba noodles are noodles made of buckwheat flour, roughly as thick as spaghetti, and eaten either hot or cold. Soba dishes are very popular and easily available nationwide. It is known as a healthy dish due to the low calories of Soba noodles. However, some people has allergy to Soba noodles. You can try a small amount first and enjoy the whole dish next time. You can enjoy Soba noodles at any noodle restaurants exept Ramen noodles restaurants because they are usually specialized to serve Ramen noodles only.
Dango (Sweet dumplings)
Dango is a rice-based Japanese sweet that is popular as a festival food, although it can be enjoyed throughout the year. The dango itself is a sticky rice cake ball that is commonly skewered in bunches of 3 to 5 on a stick. They are available in Japanese traditional sweet stores, large chain supermarkets, or even at convenient stores.