Gyudon (Beef Rice Bowl)
Simmered beef and onions in a dashi/soy based sauce. Savory with some sweetness and just generally really tasty. The go to food for starving students and tourists as it is also very cheap for a basic bowl.
|Cheap and delicious.|
Tonkatsu (Breaded Deep Fried Pork Cutlets)
These are absolutely delicious and are greasy, but not as greasy as you would think if they are done well. Juicy and tender on the inside, crispy coating on the outside, and full of flavour, they are like heaven.
|Katsu Cutlet cross-section|
Ramen Noodle Soup
How do they make such tasty noodle soup? Ramen is one of the foods of the gods. Originally Chinese, this Japanese take on the dish has infinite variety and flavour. The classics are savoury shoyu, tonkotsu, or miso ramen. However, you can get sweet ramen, sour ramen, citrus ramen, spicy ramen, seafood ramen, vegetarian ramen, etc. The toppings can also change out although the most common are egg, some kind of meat, some nori, and menma.
Here is a post about a number of different ramen I tried on my last trip to Tokyo, Delicious Tokyo Ramen at Ippudo, Ichiran, Chiyogami, Kamukura, and Soranoiro Nippon.
|Shoyu ramen shown here with the clear brown soup.|
|Tonkotsu with the white creamy broth and Japanese dumplings (gyoza)|
|Warning - contains octopus and can be gooey, but delicious.|
Curry in Japan is not East Indian Curry. It is a modified British curry that was introduced to Japan via the British Navy and adopted by the Japanese Imperial Navy in the late 19th century. It is now pretty unique to Japan as it was adapted for Japanese tastes. Like ramen, there are many different kinds of curry in Japan. You basically have to taste it to believe it and get hooked. This is like one of the most popular foods in Japan for eating out and at home (they have really good curry roux blocks you buy at the supermarket).
|A European infused curry.|
|Classic tonkatsu curry.|
|Vegetable and meat curry from Camp Curry. Veggies are stir fried with curry sauce.|
Oyakudon (Chicken and Egg Bowl)
|Super tasty meal.|
The classic Japanese cuisine that helped to make Japanese food famous. Not just your raw fish. You can try this at sushi bars, conveyor belt sushi restaurants, or even prepackaged at a supermarket or konbini.
Tendon (Tempura Rice Bowl and Just Tempura)
|Again a really tasty food of deep fried battered seafood and veggies on rice.|
This is stir fried noodles on a flat steel grill, lots of yakisoba sauce, and a tasty treat.
Udon Noodles (big thick noodles, not ramen)
|Udon in a dashi broth and tempura.|
|Breakfast udon in a light broth.|
|Try any branch of Ootoya for tasty and reasonably priced meals.|
Japan has great baking from Japanese pastries like Anpan to Croissants). Better baking than you can get at home in many cases. It must be tried.
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