Japanese Foodie for 10 Days

One of the stuff in the world that the Japanese are known for is their food. And, whenever people talk about ramen, the “Japanese Ramen” comes into mind without thinking! Aside from that, Japan boasts of many other foods that foodies all over the world would surely love.

I personally like ramen, sashimi and sushi in the restaurants here in Singapore. But mind you, nothing beats the authentic foods tasted in their own hometown! It’s like there’s some magic in their cooking or it could be the freshness of the seafoods and the tenderness of the meats. Above all,  my most favorite food in Japan is a delicious noodle dish called Yakisoba!

After strolling the busy streets of Tokyo, it is expected that we must fill our tummies with something really special. My search for something special means something palatable, something that would make our mouth water. After all, this is our first time to tour this wonderful land of the rising sun.

Listed are the foods we’ve tried and the most recommended:

  • Yakisoba –  is a Japanese noodle stir-fry dish. Although soba means buckwheat, yakisoba noodles are actually made from wheat flour, and are typically flavored with a condiment similar to oyster sauce. The dish first appeared in food stalls in Japan during the early 20th century.
  • Ramen – is a Japanese dish. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles[5] served in a meat or (occasionally) fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork, nori (dried seaweed), menma, and scallions.

Ramen

  • Gyoza – is usually served with soy-based tare sauce seasoned with rice vinegar and/or chili oil in Mandarin Chinese. The most common recipe is a mixture of minced pork,cabbage, Asian chives, and sesame oil, and/or garlic, and/or ginger, which is then wrapped into thinly rolled dough skins.
  • Yakiniku – commonly refers to a Japanese style of cooking bite-size meat (usually beef and offal) and vegetables on gridirons or griddles over a flame of wood charcoals carbonized by dry distillation or a gas/electric grill. In many parts of the world, yakiniku is also commonly referred to as Japanese barbecue.

Yakiniku

  • Sashimi – is a Japanese delicacy consisting of fresh raw fish or meat sliced into thin pieces and often eaten with soy sauce.
  • Sushi – is a Japanese dish of prepared vinegared rice, usually with some sugar and salt, accompanying a variety of ingredients, such as seafood, vegetables, and occasionally tropical fruits.

sushi

  • Miso Soup – is a traditional Japanese soup consisting of a stock called “dashi” into which softened miso paste is mixed.
  • Tonkatsu – is a Japanese dish that consists of a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet. It involves cutting the pig’s back center into 2-3 centimeter thick slices, smearing with bread crumbs, frying them in oil, and then serving with Japanese Worcestershire sauce, rice, and vegetable salad (mainly cabbage).
  • Shabu-shabu – is a Japanese nabemono hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water and served with dipping sauces.
  • Onigiri – is a Japanese food made from white rice formed into triangular or cylindrical shapes and often wrapped in nori (seaweed).
  • Takoyaki – is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special molded pan. It is typically filled with minced or diced octopus(tako), tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion.

Takoyaki

  • Edamame – is a preparation of immature soybeans in the pod, found in cuisines with origins in East Asia. The pods are boiled or steamed and may be served with salt. In Japan, they are usually blanched in 4% salt water and not served with salt.

We were so lucky that Tito Minoro loves to cook. Most of the Japanese food we tasted are cooked from his kitchen (tipid!). 🙂

*** Definitions of foods are from Wikipedia.

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