Popular Japanese Food
The Japanese people really love their food. That can be seen by how many people eat out, even during a recession, and all of the food-related programs that are on television. If you tell somebody you are going to be visiting Hokkaido, they will be sure to tell you to try out the seafood while you are visiting, or when you are in Osaka sample the Okonomiyaki. Although in the West, sushi continues to grow in popularity, a majority of Japanese food is still mostly unknown to Westerners. Japanese restaurants all over the world have a tendency to cater their offerings towards Japanese tourists, which means it is also priced fairly expensively. However, in Japan there is a wide range of Japanese food options that are available, and prices ranging from very affordable to having to spend your entire month’s salary.
Sushi And Sashimi
Quite often those two dishes are thought to be the same thing. Sashimi is comprised of raw fish that is thinly sliced or other kinds of seafood that is served along with shoyu and wasabi (spicy Japanese horseradish). Sushi, on the other hand, also consists of raw fish that is thinly sliced and is served with vinegared rice, and also includes egg, vegetables and cooked seafood. Sushi roll, or norimaki, is another kind of sushi, where the filling gets rolled into rice with a nori covering. Sushi can be very expensive in invitation-only, exclusive restaurants where you eat the dishes that the chef gives you. However, it can also come in the form of cheap fast food as well. Inexpensive sushi is available in supermarkets as well as kaiten-zushi restaurants, where people sit at the counter and select what they want off of the continuously-moving conveyor belt. Usually these restaurants are much automated and they make sure that none of the dishes go around more than a few times at most.
This type of dish is comprised of a domburi (bowl) of rice that is covered in one of many different toppings, including egg and deep-fried pork cutlet (katsudon), deep-fried shrimp (tendon), egg and chicken (oyakodon), and boiled beef (gyudon). They are frequently eaten as part of an inexpensive lunch set, along with pickles and miso soup.
Tempura is vegetables or seafood dipped in batter and then deep-fried. It is served with daikon and a dipping sauce.
The word ‘tempura’ is derived from the Portuguese word ‘tempero’ (sauce or gravy). The dish dates to the mid-16th century, when Spanish and Portuguese culture was initially introduced to Japan. Tempura may be served with noodles (tempura soba, tempura udon), bowl of rice (tendon) or soup and side bowl of rice.
This savory stew of beef and vegetables is cooked into a big nabe and then dipped into a bowl with beaten raw egg in it. Usually the vegetables that are used are chrysanthemum leaves (shungiku), shiitake mushrooms and green onion. Gelatinous noodles (shirataki) and tofu are also added. All of the ingredients then get cooked into a sauce htt is made out of mirin (sweet cooking sake), sugar and soy sauce.