The food we enjoyed whilst in Japan was delicious. Though, I have to admit, I don’t think I have ever eaten that many noodles in my life. As a result of the expensiveness of everything, on many occasions (at least once, maybe twice a day) Adrian and I would eat some form of noodles as they were the cheapest thing one could buy. I am not complaining too much, I do love a good bowl of noodles. The bonus is is that there are so many different noodles dishes to choose from, such as ramen, udon, soba etc. Yum! And each region of the country has a different spin on the way they prepare their noodles. It was lots of fun comparing.
It was quite evident on our travels that Japanese cuisine, much like Korean, is heavily influenced by the seasonality of fruits and veggies. Seafood and veggies are quite prominent in meals, along with rice, of course. Japanese food is always very fresh, nicely presented, with the perfect balance of flavors, which makes enjoying it quite easy.
Our first real restaurant meal was in Hiroshima. Hiroshima is well-known for specializing in a dish called Okonomiyaki. Think of a large savory pancake/pizza loaded with a variety of yummy ingredients, which most of times you can choose. The ingredients are all layered on a grill in front of you. The layers included a very thin batter, noodles, cabbage, fried egg and shrimp, all topped with a delicious sauce.
My Okonomiyaki with a little piece eaten out of it.
We ate it right off the grill.
Other food highlights of the trip, as a mentioned before, were the noodles. Japanese Ramen is so delicious. It is not your Mr. Noodles from a package, these noodles are super fresh and the broth is so flavorful. Fukuoka is famous for its Ramen, so was enjoyed two big bowls of Ramen while in Fukuoka (on two different days).
Veggie Ramen in the front, Miso Ramen in the back.
This one was from a delish restaurant in Kyoto. This was my fav. dish of the evening. It was a roasted eggplant glazed with two different kings of miso and sesame seeds.
And tofu “popsicles”
After a LONG day of walking we treated ourselves to Tonkatsu. Simply put, it’s a breaded pork cutlet, served alongside a cabbage salad and miso soup. Koreans totally butcher this dish, so it was nice to have it authentically made.
We couldn’t leave Japan without having some raw fish!
There were lots more meals enjoyed; these are just some of the highlights.
Japanese cuisine is great, though to be completely honest, I still prefer Korean. I guess I am a bit biased 🙂
It is nice to be back at home eating more veggies and fruit. I felt so guilty buying produce in Japan because of the price, by the time I got home I was in desperate need. My poor little body was crying out to me, cravings fresh foods. I think I crunched into two apples and a pear when I stepped in the door.
P.S. I had so much success making Naan bread for dinner tonight, stayed tuned for the recap.