Japanese cuisine is considered as one of the finest in the world. Its distinct flavors and use of uncanny ingredients make it a favorite by locals and foreigners alike. If you want to get a feel of the true essence of Japanese food, then here are the top five specialties you should try out.
Japanese Sushi is hands down, the most famous Japanese food in the entire world. In this recipe, vinegared rice is combined with seafood or other meats. It is then rolled in Nori or seaweed wrap. There are several types of sushi, namely Chirashizushi, Inarizushi, Makizushi, Narezushi, Nigirizushi and Oshuzushi. It is dipped in soy sauce and wasabi, a green paste which puts a spicy kick to the dipping sauce.
Tempura is a recipe of seafood or vegetables that are soaked in batter and deep fried. The batter is usually made from cold water, wheat flour, oil, starch, baking powder and several spices. This famous dish is usually fried in vegetable or canola oil as hot as 160 to 180 degrees Celsius. The most common seafood ingredients used are prawn, shrimp, squid and crab, while the often used veggies are potatoes, carrots and bell peppers.
If you want to keep warm during the rainy days, then Ramen is a Japanese dish you should try out. Ramen is commonly known as a noodle dish featuring Chinese-style wheat noodles swimming in fish-based broth. The soup is flavored with soy sauce or miso, and the Ramen is topped with sliced pork, corn, green onions and dried seaweed, to name a few. Each district specializes in a certain kind of Ramen recipe. Hokkaido is known for its Miso Ramen while Kyushu is flocked for its delicious Tonkatsu ramen.
Yakitori is a famous Japanese recipe characterized by skewered grilled chicken. It’s usually eaten by working men after a day of hard work. The usual Yakitori dish is made from bite-sized pieces of chicken offal or chicken meat, which are then skewered and cooked on top of hot Binchotan charcoal. You can also choose from other chicken parts, such as the skin and liver. You can ask for chicken meat seasoned in salt, or tare sauce, a mixture of sake, mirin, sugar and soy sauce.
If you are looking for a unique kind of pizza, then the Japanese Okonomiyaki is what you need to eat. While it’s actually a savory pancake, most eaters see it as a different kind of pizza. The Okonomiyaki recipe was originally created in the districts of Hiroshima and Kansai, but you’re sure to taste Okonomiyaki in any district in Japan. The most common type of Okonomiyaki is the Osaka or Kansai variety, which is made of flour, Nagaimi, water, eggs and shredded cabbage. It is topped with meat, kimchi, mochi, cheese and green onion. As for Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki, the ingredients are layered rather than mixed with each other.