15 Most Popular Foods You Should Try In Japan (part 3)

  1. Shabu Shabu

This is a Japanese hot pot dish. This dish uses many kinds of meats, seafood, tofu, vegetables, and noodles. You grab a piece of meat, seafood, or some of the vegetables and then immerse it in the pot with consomme or hot water. After it is cooked, dip it in a sesame sauce and enjoy!

  1. Miso Soup

Miso soup is used as a side dish in almost every meal in Japan and it can be served with almost every dish. It is a kind of soup which is made mostly with miso paste (fermented soybeans) and dashi (the consomme). You will also find pieces of tofu, wakame seaweed, onion, and sometimes vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and radish.

  1. Yakitori

Yakitori is a Japanese brochette, also known as skewers. Originally, the meat used in making Yakitori was chicken (the “tori” in “Yakitori” means “bird”). Nowadays, it can also be made with beef, pork, or fish. Yakitori is essentially a mix of meat and vegetables which are grilled and dipped in teriyaki sauce. It is a typical and popular Japanese fast food and eaten best with alcohol.

This is one of the Japanese food options that foreigners are more comfortable trying. Its flavor is occidental so if you are not sure about which Japanese dish to taste first or if you feel that Japanse flavors are not your thing, it is suggested that you should start with Yakitori so that you can feel something familiar.

  1. Onigiri

Onigiri is the most popular snack in Japan. No matter where you are, or what time is it, if you don´t have time and you are hungry, you can buy an onigiri. Onigiris are rice balls made in many kinds of ways. Some are filled with chicken, fish, pork, and vegetables, while others are covered with a slice of egg or with a seaweed. Some have just rice mixed with some beans, vegetables, sauce,  furikake.

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