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When it comes to Japanese noodles, ramen may have the biggest international following, but let's not forget other delicious noodles like udon and soba. Enjoy the savory broths of udon and soba in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.
These are both typical Kansai street food. Takoyaki is grilled into creamy meatball-sized spheres with a single octopus chunk in it. Okonomiyaki is made from a batter of wheat and water mixed with shredded cabbage and cooked on a griddle. Both are served with a sauce and and very much part of Kansai's popular everyday culture.
The quintessential Japanese cuisine, sushi is a meal that consists of a small palmful of lightly vinegared rice that a sushi chef carefully squeezes into a platform for a topping of sliced raw fish -- usually fresh tuna, squid or some other type of seafood. Sashimi refers to thin slices of seasonal or local raw fish served with soy sauce. The key is in enjoying the natural flavors of the fish, which is the essence of Japanese dining.
This is on the list of foods international tourists say they want to try when they visit Japan. It is a bowl of Chinese noodles in a broth with a variety of meat and/or vegetable options. Ramen is the most popular fare also among the Japanese. The noodles vary in thickness, and the broth base ranges from soy, miso, and salt to pig bone marrow.
Meat dish that's enjoyed the world over.
Restaurants that serve beer with sausages and bacon, gourmet cuisine with wine, motsunabe containing plenty of collagen, juicy charcoal-broiled beef tongue -- recommended to all meat lovers.
This is a popular dish in Japan with both children and adults. Originating in India as a dish that blends many different spices, the curry has evolved over time into a Japanese household staple, bit it is also ubiquitous in restaurants all over the country.
The izakaya can be called a Japanese culture specimen. It is a Japanese style bar/eatery with good food in a relaxed atmosphere. Alcoholic beverages include beer and sake, with some of the fare prepared as side dishes to go with the drinks. The izakaya is a wonderful place to experience Japanese culture in a setting that's not quite a restaurant, a bar or a pub.
Cafe and Sweets (6)
Enjoy a cup of coffee to go or right here in the casually appointed and relaxed ambience for a quiet moment alone or with friends. Offerings include authentic coffee, warm toast and traditional Japanese pastries.
Fried foods (3)
Fried foods are also very popular in Japan. Tempura may be the best known among them all, but local favorites include cutlets or slices of breaded meat fried in oil. Kushiage or skewered meat and vegetables fried in oil are also popular with international tourists for their accessibility.
Washoku (Traditional Japanese Food) (15)
Washoku can be referred to as a Japanese culinary culture that places emphasis on the natural flavors of the food being served. Selections range from tonkatsu, Japan's gold standard of fried foods, and kushikatsu with its "no double-dipping" rule, to family staples such as Ochazuke (rice in tea topped with pickles) and Nabe (hot pot meals).
Japanese bars come in many different forms, from the casual standing bars to the sit-down establishments where you can enjoy a drink with the atmosphere. Offerings also vary from overseas staples such as wine, whiskey and beer to Japanese sake and shochu
Yoshoku (Western Foods) (6)
Unlike Japanese fare that relies on soy sauce or miso paste for spices, Yoshoku in Japan refer to western cuisine or spices that found its way into Japanese cooking. Examples of this are minced meat fashioned into "hamburg steaks," "omrice," which refers to fried rice cooked with tomato sauce and wrapped in a thin layer of omelet, or thin sliced pork dredged in bread crumbs and fried up into tonkatsu.
Chinese Food (2)
Japan has had a deep and enduring relationship with China, especially in the area of food. Those include Gyoza -- shredded vegetables and meat wrapped up in a thin layer of wheat dough and fried; Mabo Tofu that transforms Japanese tofu into a sweet and spicy fare, and then there's the Japan-adapted Ramen. The stir fried meat and vegetables or the fried Karaage chicken enjoyed in China are also well loved in Japan.