Tasty Tips: 25 Foods to try in Japan

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Foods to try in Japan

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Japanese cuisine has so many varieties of different foods – from traditional to unique dishes.  I have been to Japan a couple of times and whenever I visit I take photos of food that I enjoyed or I found very cool.  This list is a compilation of foods that you may want to try in Japan.

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25 Foods to try in Japan

1.  Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is somewhat like a pancake or pizza.  It has a variety of ingredients – noodles, veggies, and meat.

Where to find?  Local Japanese restaurants and street vendors

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

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2.  Stir fried noodles with fish flakes

The Japanese stir fried noodles is quite similar to the Chinese stir fried noodles but this one is cooked on the grill (Teppanyaki style) and it has fish flakes added.

Where to find?  Local Japanese restaurants in Chiba

Foods to try in Japan

Stir fried noodles

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3. Dessert Crepes

Dessert crepes filled with cream or ice cream with fruits and syrups. Most popular crepe shop can be found in Harajuku (Marion Patisserie).

Where to find? Street vendors and Restaurants

Foods to try in Japan

Foods to try in Japan

Crepes

ttddivider14.  Green Tea Bagel 

Green tea flavored anything is quite popular in Asia.  So, in Japan they have this awesome Green Tea bagel as well.

Where to find?  Chiba department store food section

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Green Tea Bagel

ttddivider15.  Gyudon (Beef Bowl) 

A fast and filling meal that can be found anywhere in Japan.  Also available around the world visit a Yoshinoya restaurant near you.

Where to find? Local Japanese restaurants and Yoshinoya

Gyudon (beef bowl)

Gyudon (beef bowl)

ttddivider16.  Sakura macaron 

A french macaron with Sakura flavor.  A sweet scent of sakura flowers in a french macaron.

Where to find? Starbucks in Japan

Sakura macarons

Sakura macarons

ttddivider17.  Green Tea Latte 

Another Green tea flavored item.  Green tea latte are pretty much everywhere in Japan.

Where to find?  Local Japanese cafes and Starbucks Japan

Foods to try in Japan

Foods to try in Japan

Green Tea Latte

ttddivider18.  Fire Cafe Au Lait from the Vending machines

There are tons of different drinks you can get at the vending machines but the Fire Cafe Au Lait is my favorite one.

Where to find? Vending machines (subway stations)

Foods to try in Japan

Fire Cafe Au Lait

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9.  Crispy shrimp burger from Lotteria

One of my most favorite burger of all time.  It’s like a crispy chicken but it’s shrimp instead.

Where to find?  Lotteria (the one I visited was in Harajuku)

Foods to try in Japan

Crispy shrimp burger

ttddivider110.  Takoyaki

A ball-shaped snack with a piece of octopus inside. A very popular food item during festivals.

Where to find? Street vendors

Takoyaki with fish flakes

Takoyaki with fish flakes

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11.  Omurice with curry sauce 

A Japanese omelet filled with rice and curry sauce.  Sometimes it is topped with Ketchup as well.

Where to find?  Local Japanese restaurants

Foods to try in Japan

Omurice with curry sauce

ttddivider112.  Sashimi bento

A mixture of fresh raw fish in a box or container.  Japan is the best place to find fresh seafood.

Where to find?  Fish markets, Local restaurants (the one below is from Chiba)

Fresh Sashimi meal

Fresh Sashimi meal

ttddivider113.  Green Tea Parfait 

Yet another green tea flavor food, this one has green tea ice cream, vanilla, and sweet bean paste.

Where to find?  Shibuya 109 restaurant

Green Tea Parfait

Green Tea Parfait

ttddivider114.  Character-themed big sushi rolls 

During festivals, there are these really cool big sushi with character-themed designs.  I saw these during the Taiko Drum festival in Narita.

Where to find?  Narita

Character-themed sushi

Character-themed sushi

ttddivider115.  Rice cake with syrup and bean paste 

I got this dessert in Narita, it was a rice cake (waffle shaped) with syrup, bean paste and powdered sugar/nut.  It taste like mochi, so it was quite yummy.

Where to find?  Cafes in Narita

Rice cake with syrup and bean paste

Rice cake with syrup and bean paste

ttddivider116.  Chocolate covered bananas 

The ever so famous festival dessert food!  It’s a banana in a stick covered with chocolate and sprinkles.

Where to find?  Festivals

Chocolate covered banana

Chocolate covered banana

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17.  Cucumber on a stick

These cucumbers are pickled and chilled.  Refreshing snack to have especially during the summer time.

Where to find?  Festivals (Narita)

Cucumbers in a stick

Cucumbers in a stick

ttddivider118.  Tonkatsu

Breaded and deep fried pork cutlet (or chicken).  It is served with rice and shredded cabbage.  I would say that this is my most favorite Japanese meal ever!  Fried cutlet with rice, yes that’s the best.

Tonkatsu meal

Tonkatsu meal

ttddivider119.  Fruit salad 

Sweet and salty fruit salad with vegetables.  This is an appetizer from a meal I got in Chiba.

Where to find?  Chiba Resaurants

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

ttddivider120.  Chicken Teriyaki 

Chicken cooked with soy sauce, mirin and sugar.  It is a sweet and savory dish.  You most likely have heard or even tried this already.

Where to find?  Japanese restaurants

Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken Teriyaki

ttddivider121.  Shabu-Shabu 

A Japanese dish featuring thinly sliced meat dipped into a hot pot.  The hot pot contains vegetables as well.  It’s a meal mostly shared with someone.

Where to find?  Japanese restaurants

Shabu-Shabu

Shabu-Shabu

ttddivider122.  Soft Tofu with sweet syrup and fruits 

This dessert reminds me of a soft custard.  It’s a specialty dessert from Chiba.

Where to find?  Local restaurants in Chiba

Soft Tofu with syrup and fruits

Soft Tofu with syrup and fruits

ttddivider123.  Grilled beef sandwich 

A packaged sandwich from the convenient store.  I got this while I was at the train station.

Where to find?  Convenient stores in Japan

Grilled beef sandwich

Grilled beef sandwich

ttddivider124.  Barley Tea drink 

One of the drinks I really liked when I was in Japan (even in Korea) was Barley Tea.  I found this drink at one of the convenient stores and it had a light barley taste.

Where to find?  Convenient stores in Japan

Barley Tea

Barley Tea

ttddivider125.  Peanut Brittle 

Sweet (sugar) coated peanuts, another specialty from Chiba.

Where to find?  Chiba

Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle

ttddivider1Have you tried any of these foods?  Or which one would you like to try when you visit Japan?  Let us know!

 

Published 24 January, 2014

Posted in Food, Food Guide, Food in Japan and tagged

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