There are thousands of thousands of different foods in Japan to choose, from the popular sushi to maybe some dish you have never heard of before. In this post, I will quickly go over some of the Top 6 most famous Japanese food out there!
1) Oden. Essentially just a variety of foods served in a light, soy-flavoured broth, oden is a hugely popular winter dish in Japan, and usually appears around September or October depending on the region. Warm, filling and tasty, there are all kinds of oden experiences to be had, with everything from typical convenience store fare to far more sophisticated takes on this winter warmer available from dedicated vendors.
2) Tempura. Tempura, probably of Latin tempora ('temporary'), is in the Japanese cuisine food that has been paned and then fried in oil. It is often about mushrooms, fish, shrimp, octopus, sweet potatoes or lotus root dipped in a frying pan consisting of water, flour and egg yolk (sometimes with added bicarbonate).
3) Soba. Soba is Japanese thin brown noodles of buckwheat that are usually served cooked with various accessories. Typically, serving cold soba as a snack in the summer and hot soba dishes during the cold season. The most common form is kake soba, "soba noodle soup". Kake soba consists of boiled soban noodles along with a hot broth made of dashi, mirin and Japanese soy sauce, served with sliced pickles.
4) Mochi. Mochi is a Japanese dish made of mochigome (sticky rice) used as an ingredient in several Japanese recipes, alternatively eaten separately. Mochi is eaten all year in Japan, but above all it is a tradition to eat mochi at the Japanese New Year.
5) Yakitori. Yakitori is a Japanese dish consisting of grilled chicken spotted. Traditionally, a yakitori consists only of different pieces of chicken and vegetables, but today's yakitori can be used to refer to beef, pork, fish, seafood or even vegetables, as long as they are spotted.
6) Shabu shabu. Shabu-shabu is a Japanese nabemono hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water. The term is onomatopoeic, derived from the sound emitted when the ingredients are stirred in the cooking pot and served with dipping sauces. The food is cooked piece by piece by the diner at the table. Shabu-shabu is considered to be more savory and less sweet than sukiyaki (a Japanese soup dish).