If you just mention “Japanese cuisine” to your friend, it is likely that they will automatically think of the famous sushi. But in fact, this is just a very small part of the diversifying cuisine map of the Land of the Rising Sun.
Shojun Ryori, also known as vegetarian foods, is a type of traditional Japanese food that is developed and inspired by the diet meal of the Buddhist monks. Forbidden from the act of killing animals for food, Buddhist monks invented their own menu of vegetarian foods. If you spend one night staying at a temple in Japan, you will be able to enjoy a Shojin Ryori meal as a specialty of the place.
Oyakodon is a Japanese style chicken rice dish that is loved all across the country. According to the Japanese, Oyakodon must be enjoyed when it’s still hot so the flavors have not diminished. But what makes the food great is the sauce gives it a distinctively chilly taste.
Apart from sushi, Okonomiyaki is ranked as one of the most popular Japanese foods. Okonomiyaki is made is a quite simple method. The cook mixes various ingredients together and grills the mixture on a flat surface. This spontaneous way of cooking also explains its name “grill what you want”. So you can basically add anything you want in your Okonomiyaki, a totally customized food.
Kabocha chiffron cake
Kabocha chiffron cake is a perfect example for using and combining different exclusive ingredients in Japan (locally-grown vegetables, adzuki beans, and tofu) and utilizing Western baking method to create an excellent cake. The cake is quite popular in Kyoto, and travelers can enjoy this cake at Sarasa 0 a local restaurant franchise featuring international and Japanese cuisine.
Takoyaki is a much beloved street food in Japan. In Japanese, takoyaki means grilled octopus and takoyaki is exactly that, a Japanese pancake with grilled octopus on the inside. You will spot the frame for making takoyaki everywhere in Japan.
Wagashi resembles everything that makes Japanese cuisine great, a twist of arts mixing together with authentic traditional culinary. This is a seasonal pastry that has been enjoyed through generations in Japan, with intricate flavors, appealing colors, showcasing both nutritional and aesthetic values. Besides, wagashi is a symbol of Japanese hospitality as it is often used as a gift in weddings, birthdays…
Onigiri rice ball is a very familiar food to the Japanese. To make this food, you first need to put white rice with tuna, salmon egg or tuna egg on the table before using seaweed to roll them altogether. You can eat them instantly or grill it for a bit to enjoy a tasty flavor.