Japanese Food – Not only Sushi

To mention Japanese food, almost people will immediately think to very famous Sushi. However, this dish is just a very tiny part in a huge food map of the nation of the Sun.

Shojin Ryori

Vegetarian food is another name of Shojin Ryori. It is a traditional food of Japan that be originated from the diet of Buddhists. Because of slaughter prohibition, Buddhists had to design their own diet without meat and fishes. When tourists are overnight in a temple in Japan, they maybe have an opportunity to enjoy a Shojin Ryori meal as a special part of Japan.

Shojin Ryori

Shojin Ryori

Oyakodon

Oyakodon

Oyakodon

Oyakodon is the chicken rice in Japanese style and very famous here. According to the Japanese, this dish will be perfectly delicious if we eat when it is still hot. The most interesting component is chicken meat; each slice of meat is not only softly ripe but also imbued with moreish sauce.

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is also called as Japanese pancake – one of the traditional food of Japanese. In fact, the way that cookers create Okonomiyaki is quite simple: a combination of many ingredients and all of them are baked in a big grill. This method of processing partially reveals the name Okonomiyaki. Particularly, Okonomi means “the thing that you like” and yaki means “bake”. From that, Okonomiyaki means “bake the thing that you like” and therefore, the cookers can be free to create by their own taste.

Kabocha chiffon cake

Kabocha chiffon cake

Kabocha chiffon cake

Kabocha chiffon is a very typical example of combining Japanese ingredients (vegetable, bean, soya curd) and Western production method to make a wonderful production. This dish is quite popular in Kyoto and tourists can enjoy it at Sarasa – A series of restaurants that specialize to serve international and Japanese food.

Takoyaki

Takoyaki

Takoyaki

Takoyaki is a prevailing street cake in Japan. In Japanese, tako means octopus, yaki means bake; therefore, takoyaki is a kind of bread with roast octopus kernel. You can find many images of hot Takoyaki cake no matter where you are in Japan.

Wagashi cake

Onigiri rice ball

Onigiri rice ball

To mention Japanese food that includes both the national character and artistic values, we cannot forget Wagashi cake. This is a seasonal sweet cake of Japan; it comprises a subtle flavor, various colors as well as the harmony in artistic and nutritional values. Besides, Wagashi cake is also a symbol of friendliness and Japanese often offer it in wedding ceremonies or birthday parties.

Onigiri rice ball

 

Onigiri rice ball

Onigiri rice ball

Onigiri rice ball is made from white rice into triangular or cylinder shapes and often wrapped in seaweed. Traditionally, an Onigiri is filled with pickled salmon, katsuobushi, kombu, tarako or any other salty ingredient as a natural preservative. When enjoying Onigiri, tourists can roast the rice balls to be more crispy and moreish.

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