9 most delicious Japanese foods

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Japanese food is just earth shattering delicious. So delicious that the Japanese themselves are very immersed in their cuisine. Turn on a Japanese TV at any hour of the day and you will see at least a couple of food shows on! And we can’t blame them...

... Japanese food has so many aromas and there are so many dishes to choose from. It will be extremely hard to choose when you’ll have a menu in front of you, but don’t fret! Here we come with a list of the top 10 most delicious food in Japan you have to try!

1. Karaage

Karaage is deep fried chicken thigh. First marinated in soy sauce, mirin, sake, garlic and ginger, then lightly coated in flour and fried, this golden crispy goodness will always leave you craving for more! You can enjoy the most delicious karaage at yatai, Japanese street food stalls.

2. Sushi

Who hasn’t heard of sushi? Maybe the most famous Japanese dish eaten worldwide. It is mainly divided into two categories: makizushi (fish rolls wrapped in seaweed) and sashimi (sliced fish on rice). Both are equally delicious! But maybe the most delicious of all is the unagi (freshwater eel) sashimi one. Even though it is not served raw, it has the strongest taste among all sushi types.

3. Udon noodles

Udon are thick wheat flour noodles served in a broth made from soy sauce, mirin and fish stock. It is eaten with a variety of toppings: meat, raw eggs or tempura (deep fried battered seafood or vegetables). Our top pick is shrimp tempura udon, because of the delightful contrast between the crunchy fried shrimp and the soft noodles.

4. Ramen

Ramen is a dish originating from China, which was exquisitely transformed by the Japanese to fit their taste. It consists of wheat noodles served in meat broth with toppings such as green onions, sliced pork, boiled eggs, mushrooms, dried seaweed or fish roll. There are many types of ramen, but the most popular in Japan is shoyu ramen (soy sauce ramen).

5. Gyudon

Gyodon is a popular rice bowl dish. Beef and onion are simmered in a sauce made from soy sauce, mirin and fish stock. Then steamed rice is topped with this mixture. The result is delectable! This dish is so loved in Japan that there are several restaurant chains which mainly serve gyudon, like Sukiya, Yoshinoya or Matsuya.

6. Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki are pancakes consisting from a variety of ingredients like cabbage, potatoes, meat, fish and onions with toppings such as bonito flakes, mayonnaise, and pickled ginger. The fillings differ from a region to another, but nevertheless delicious. No matter when you go in Japan, be sure to try the local okonomiyaki!

7. Tonkatsu

Tonkatsu is fried pork cutlet with a panko (japanese breadcrumbs) coating. It is served with shredded cabbage and a special sauce similar to the well known Worcestershire sauce. The crunchy breadcrumbs, savory meat and the sauce make an amazing combination! It is also a popular sandwich filling, being sold in convenience stores all over the country.

8. Yakitori

Yakitori are chicken skewers grilled over charcoal fire. The chicken skewers are then basted with a sauce made from soy sauce, fish stock and vinegar or simply sprinkled with salt. A lot of variations exist: chicken skin yakitori, onion and chicken yakitori, chicken breast yakitori, etc.

9. Soba noodles

Soba is the name for Japanese buckwheat noodles. Like ramen, these are served in a broth made from soy sauce, mirin and fish stock with various toppings like green onions or tempura. In summer, soba is also popular as zaru soba, which means serving the noodles cold next to a dipping sauce. Whichever option you choose, soba noodles are heavenly!