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5 Foods You Should Try If You Ever Visit Japan

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5 Foods You Should Try If You Ever Visit Japan


One of the best things about Japan is its variety of food which is delicious as well as nutritious. Fish is very normal in Japanese food - is either served as primary course or side dish and arranged cooked or raw.  The other type of food is either rice or noodles based. This article is about 5 special food items that one should try, for sure, if they ever visit Japan.


Okonomiyaki is a flapjack treat barbecued with any meat of your inclination - pork, hamburger, chicken, squid or fish. This opportunity to pick a combination of ingredients is vivid in its name, 'Okonomi' that signifies 'what you want' and 'yaki' signifies 'grilled' or 'cooked'. It comes finished with sauce, mayonnaise and blended with vegetables. Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with the Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan, but is widely available throughout the country. Toppings and batters tend to vary according to region.


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Ramen is the popular Japanese noodles and soup dish, for the most part, supported by burger joints midst late night. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat- or (occasionally) fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweed, menma and green onions. Ramen comes in various shapes and lengths. It may be thick, thin or even ribbon-like, as well as straight or wrinkled. The best quality Ramen is usually only available in specialist "Ramen-ya" restaurants.

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Maybe the most surely understood nourishment in Japan is the Sushi - sticky rice matched with either crude fish, cooked fish, vegetables, organic product or a mix of any of these. It comes in aesthetic compositions and shifting flavors but its main ingredient is the rice. Sushi is normally prepared with either brown or white rice. It is often prepared with raw seafood, but some common varieties of sushi use cooked ingredients or are vegetarian. You should not leave Japan without testing Sushi at least for once!

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Tempura is a Japanese dish of seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep fried. It is generally presented with sauce where-in it is plunged before eating or it might be simply sprinkled with salt. The most famous is the shrimp variety named 'ebi tempura'. Tempura is commonly served with grated daikon and eaten hot immediately after frying. Numerous eateries offer tempura as a major aspect of a set supper or a bento (lunch box), and it is likewise a famous fixing in take-out or comfort store bento boxes. The ingredients and styles of cooking and serving tempura differ incredibly through the country, with significance being set on utilizing fresh and seasonal ingredients.

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Japanese Curry

Curry is one of the most popular dishes in Japan. It is commonly served in three main forms: curry rice (curry over rice), curry udon (curry over noodles) and curry bread (a curry-filled pastry). A wide variety of vegetables and meats are used to make Japanese curry. The basic vegetables are onions, carrots, and potatoes. For the meat, beef, pork, and chicken are noteworthy. The curry is poured over rice or bread in any manner and amount. Normally, Japanese curry is not spicy like the Indian curry but taste as side dish!

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There are a lot more than the few mentioned above. Don't forget the Takoyaki, too.