5 Best Traditional Japanese Foods

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5 Best Traditional Japanese Foods

In addition to being famous for its automobiles sector which undoubtedly produces and sells some of the finest cars and engines around the world, Japan is also widely famous for its cuisine.

One of the core reasons for this is because most traditional as well as modern Japanese food recipes either totally avoid or use minimal amounts of oil and fats.

And perhaps this is why the Japanese people not only live longer but are also considered as one of the healthiest nations in the world.


5 Famous and commonly available Japanese foods

Today, we bring you the 5 best and most commonly found traditional Japanese foods that you must need to try at your favorite Japanese restaurant.

So let’s begin.


1. Sushi

Sushi is the first word that comes to mind when you hear about Japanese cuisine. Sushi is one of the oldest and famous dishes that originate from the Japanese culture.

The dish comprises raw shellfish or fish meat presented in a number of serving styles and ways with fermented rice and is eaten with soy sauce or wasabi.

The traditional style of eating it is with the help of chopsticks but if you aren’t familiar with using them, you can directly eat it with your hands.

This is because Sushi is served as individual bite-size pieces which make it easy to pick a single piece for each bite. You do not need a knife and fork to cut or separate anything.


2. Yakitori

Just like Sushi, Yakitori is also a famous traditional Japanese dish. It is also served in bite-sized pieces, making it super easy to eat one piece at a time.

Yakitori technically means ‘barbecued chicken’, although you may find meat being also used in the dish at some places.

The chicken or meat pieces are skewered on to a skewer that would traditionally be made of bamboo but some non-traditional Japanese restaurants might also use skewers made of steel or any other material.

The skewed chicken or meat is grilled over charcoal and seasoned with salt and occasionally brushed with tare sauce which is a type of thick and sweet soy sauce.


3. Sashimi

Sashimi is another traditional Japanese dish which again uses raw fish or meat but is served without rice as in Sushi.

The raw fish or meat cubes are finely cut into thin slices and typically eaten by dipping it in soy sauce. Sashimi is also served in easy to grab one at a time bite sized pieces.

Based on the availability and if you are lucky enough to be in Japan to experience this dish, Sashimi dish is offered in a wide variety of fish meat especially the best caught from various regions of Japan.


4. Tempura

If eating raw fish and meat doesn’t suit your taste buds, why not go for some crispy fried Japanese food.

The dish again, like most other traditional Japanese dishes, consists of small easy to pick and eat finely cut slices or pieces of fish, meat and vegetables.

All these basic ingredients are coated in a tempura batter and deep fried. A simple type tempura batter is usually made up of eggs, flour and ice water.

Deep frying the fish, meat and vegetable slices or pieces covered in a tempura batter is what gives this dish its crispiness and taste.

While cooking at home, use sifted flour and add a few teaspoons of hot oil in preparing the tempura batter to get a restaurant-like taste.


5. Soba

Talk of traditional Japanese cuisine would remain incomplete if we didn’t add a noodle based dish in our list of 5 best traditional Japanese foods to try.

Soba is actually the Japanese word for buckwheat. Soba is a type of Japanese noodles that are thin and made up of buckwheat flour alone or from buckwheat and wheat flour combined.

Soba can be served either hot in a noodle soup with toppings of some other Japanese ingredients; or it can also be served cold garnished with wasabi and green onions and with tsuyu soup based sauce as its side to add a different flavor to soba.


Bottom line

While Japanese food is definitely one of the most famous cuisines all over the world and is known for using the finest ingredients primarily for their health and nutrient benefits, it is possible that you may not have tried it yet.

So why not visit some nice fancy local Japanese restaurant in your city and start trying our suggestions.