10 Must-Try Traditional Japanese Foods

Sushi: Perhaps the most iconic Japanese dish, sushi consists of vinegared rice combined with various ingredients such as raw fish (sashimi), seafood, vegetables, and sometimes tropical fruits, wrapped in seaweed (nori).

Ramen: A beloved noodle soup dish featuring wheat noodles served in a savory broth, often flavored with soy sauce, miso, or pork bone broth, and topped with ingredients

Tempura: Lightly battered and deep-fried seafood (such as shrimp or fish) and vegetables (such as sweet potato or eggplant), creating a crispy and delicious dish often served with a dipping sauce.

Gyoza: Japanese dumplings filled with a savory mixture of ground pork, cabbage, garlic, and ginger, wrapped in thin dough and pan-fried until crispy on the bottom

Okonomiyaki: A savory pancake made with a batter of flour, eggs, shredded cabbage, and various fillings like pork belly, shrimp, or octopus, topped with sweet okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, dried bonito flakes, and seaweed flakes.

Sashimi: Thinly sliced raw fish or seafood served without rice, allowing the natural flavors of the ingredients to shine. Common types of sashimi include tuna (maguro), salmon (sake), yellowtail (hamachi), and scallops (hotate).

Udon: Thick wheat noodles served in a hot broth made from dashi (fish stock), soy sauce, and mirin (sweet rice wine), often topped with ingredients like tempura, green onions, and fish cakes.

Tonkatsu: Breaded and deep-fried pork cutlets served with shredded cabbage and a tangy tonkatsu sauce, similar to Worcestershire sauce but sweeter and thicker.

Yakitori: Skewered and grilled chicken pieces, often seasoned with salt or a sweet soy sauce-based marinade, resulting in tender and flavorful skewers that are perfect for snacking or sharing.

Matcha Green Tea: A finely ground powder made from specially grown and processed green tea leaves, traditionally whisked with hot water to create a frothy, vibrant green beverage with a unique, slightly bitter flavor.

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