Japan is a country that is the home of many culinary delights.
While many people are aware of two of the most popular dishes, ramen and sushi, there are so many other items that should be on your to-try list.
If you are heading to a Japanese restaurant and you are in the mood to have your tastebuds mesmerised, here are six things you should order.
While this is not technically a Japanese invention (it was created by the Portuguese), this was the place where it was popularised and turned into a must-have dish.
In case you have no idea what tempura is, it consists of seafood and vegetables that are battered, fried and served with a soy-based dipping sauce.
It is typically seen as a snack, so search on the appetizer section of the menu when looking for it.
The name of this dish literally means “swish swish” and it refers to the sound that food makes when it is swirled around in the hot broth in order to cook it.
The origins of hot pot lie in China, yet the Japanese version of this concept is becoming extremely popular around the world.
It is an interactive, customisable experience, so go out and enjoy it with a couple of friends.
This is chicken that is cut into bite-sized pieces, skewered, then cooked on the grill.
All parts of the animal are used, so it is not uncommon to see organ meat included when ordering this.
In some parts of Japan, this is considered street food, but in other parts of the world, it is consumed as part of a larger meal.
For instance, in the US it is often viewed as an appetizer.
Fermented soybean paste is mixed into water to make this very popular Japanese soup.
While it is generally served as a starter for a meal, there are some restaurants that have added this to their entree list.
The reason it is typically considered an accompaniment is that the contents are not very substantial.
It is commonly served with small pieces of seaweed and tofu inside.
When it is being served as an entree, things like noodles and seafood are added to make it heartier.
If you are looking for something like to begin your Japanese culinary journey or you are not ravenous, this would be a good choice.
Keep in mind that it can be a bit salty at times, in case you are someone who watches your sodium levels closely.
These are noodles that are made from buckwheat flour.
They can be prepared hot or cold, which means they are an excellent choice for diners with different preferences.
Hot preparations include stir fry and soup, while cold choices range from salad to plain soba noodles tossed in sesame oil.
This is a good choice for those who are seeking a healthy meal since these noodles are naturally low in fat.
In addition, the fact that they can be eaten cold or hot means that they are perfect for all seasons.
This dish consists of fried, breaded pork chop and egg served over rice.
It is not a very complicated dish and is perfect for those who want to try something new, yet they are not very adventurous.
It is common for students to eat this meal the day before taking tests since “katsu” is pronounced the same as the verb “to win.”
It can be a little intimidating trying something that you have not eaten before, but Japanese food is actually fairly tame when compared to other cuisines.
If you haven’t really tried Japanese food before, these six dishes are a great place to start.
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