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11 Typical Japanese Foods: All About Japanese Cuisine

Japanese cuisine is very rich in ingredients, flavors and textures. Each part of Japan has its own typical foods, just like in Brazil. In today’s post, we are going to show you 11 delicious typical japan foods.

Here, we’re just not going to talk about sushi and sashimi, which are old acquaintances and beloved by Brazilians. But there are other traditional Japanese dishes for you to fall in love with!

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11 Typical Japanese Foods

  1. Gyoza
  2. shabu shabu
  3. Tempura
  4. ramen
  5. okonomiyaki
  6. Kare Raisu
  7. yakitori
  8. Miso soup
  9. Tonkatsu
  10. oden
  11. Yakiniku


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O The most delicious dumpling in the world is the gyoza!

The thin pasta made from wheat is stuffed with meats, mainly pork accompanied by vegetables, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil.

Gyoza can contain fillings and vary in cooking methods. The gyoza fried in the pan and finished in the steam, yaki gyoza, It’s the tastiest in my opinion.

There is also sui gyosa, cooked in hot water and widely used in ramen and soups. Age gyoza is deep-fried in oil and, therefore, looks like a small pastry.

It is worth mentioning that the gyoza originates from Chinese cuisine and, due to the proximity between the two countries, it became popular in Japan and in several Asian countries.

shabu shabu

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The shabu shabu is a how to eat and prepare meat very interesting.

Thin pieces of meat, seafood, vegetables and even tofu are instantly cooked in a hot soup. The pieces are so thin that you just dip the meat in the boiling liquid to cook it.

Once cooked, the ponzu and sesame sauces are the icing on the cake of this delicacy of Japanese cuisine.

Note how Japanese cuisine uses cooking techniques differently from Western countries.


11 Typical Japanese Foods: All About Japanese Cuisine
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Tempura is one of the best ways to make any vegetable irresistible.

Vegetables and seafood are dipped in a dough of wheat flour. Soon after they are fried in hot oil, forming a crispy thin crust!

To accompany the tempura, soy sauce is the best!

It is worth mentioning that tempura is an example of the influence of portuguese cuisinesince it was the Portuguese who introduced this form of preparation into Japanese cuisine in the 16th century.


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Ramen is yet another case of a typical Japanese dish that originated in China, but became Japanese over time.

Currently, in Japan there are thousands of specialty ramen restaurants.

Ramen resembles a soup, where each ingredient has its place on the plate. Wheat noodles are Chinese-style and there are many side dishes such as seaweed, pork and hard-boiled eggs.

The broth varies widely from miso to meat and vegetable broths that are complex in flavor.

It is worth mentioning that ramen requires a lot of knowledge to prepare, being truly a ritual with care and attention to detail.


11 Typical Japanese Foods: All About Japanese Cuisine
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Okonomiyaki is a very popular dish in Japan.because it is easy to make and to the taste of the customer.

Okonomiyaki is similar to a Japanese pancake, but where the most diverse ingredients are added.

In restaurants, okonomiyaki is made in front of the customer, who chooses the vegetables and meats he wants on his pancake.

There are even several versions of okonomiyaki, not just in pancake format.

Kare Raisu

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curry is a Indian spice mixbut it has spread all over the world.

For centuries, curry has been used in Japanese cuisine and one of the most popular curry dishes is kare raisu.

Kare raisu is a meat stew (beef, pork or chicken) with curry and vegetables. The most used vegetables are carrots, onions and potatoes.

Kare raisu is one of the typical Japanese foods that can be made anywhere in the world, because the ingredients are easy to find.


11 Typical Japanese Foods: All About Japanese Cuisine
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Yakitori is a chicken skewer typically served at festivals and specialty restaurants.

In many Asian countries, chicken skewers are popular, but in Japan they are also popular. snacks for happy hour.

Miso soup

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Simple, light and cozy are the best settings for miso soup.

Miso soup is made from fish stock and miso paste (fermented soybeans).

Chives, seaweed and tofu can be present in this soup, ideal to start a good meal.


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Tonkatsu is a breaded pork filletdeep-fried.

The simple combination of pork, milanese and sweet sauce makes tonkatsu one of the best-known typical Japanese foods.

To accompany tonkatsu, rice is essential, and sometimes even kare raisu, the Japanese curry. A salad goes very well!


11 Typical Japanese Foods: All About Japanese Cuisine
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Oden is a combination of small delicacies such as fish balls, radishes, boiled eggs, seaweed, which are slowly cooked in a soup of soy sauce and fish broth.

In winter, the oden is a big hit!


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The yakiniku is the must-see japanese barbecuemuch better than the Brazilian barbecue (for me) and easier to prepare!

The very thin meats are grilled by the customers at the table, leaving the meat at the right point. It’s an experience that conquers carnivores!

I hope you enjoyed these delights that are typical Japanese foods! Also check out the episode of the Chat Travel Podcast about Japan!

Good trip!

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