Types of Japanese Food – What Are They?

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So, your family is tired with the same oily American food that you serve them. They are actually clamoring for something new and perhaps something better. Ran out of ideas? Why don’t you try preparing Japanese food for a change?

Here are some types of Japanese food that you may want to try.

1. Sushi – perhaps one of the most famous Japanese food world wide. Sushi in the early days is simply preserved fish in vinegar. Now, it has evolved to several varieties like:
o Norimaki – contains rice and dried seafood

wrapped in Nori or dried seaweeds.
o Nigiri – sushi rice balls adorned with raw seafood or shellfish on top.
o Temaki – these are sushi cones with rice, dried or fresh seafood and vegetables or even fruits inside.

2. Sashimi – thinly cut seafood and shellfish of your choice, served with a spicy soya dipping sauce and are eaten raw. Types of Sashimi include:
o Maguro Sashimi – uses raw lean tuna
o Toro Sashimi – fresh fatty tuna
o Ebi Sashimi – fresh tiger prawns
o Saba Sashimi – raw mackerel
o Ika Sashimi – cleaned squid
o Tako Sashimi – octopus

3. Ramen – the original Japanese noodle soup which are usually topped with either seafood, beef, chicken, spring onions and seaweed.

4. Udon – another variety of the traditional noodle soup this time with thicker noodles.

5. Tempura – a kid friendly dish of prawns wrapped in light batter and fried quickly. Some varieties of tempura are also served with coated and fried vegetables and a spicy dipping sauce.

6. Yakitori – grilled skewered chicken coated in sweet soya based sauce.

So as you can see, Japanese cuisine is defined by ingredients like seafoods, rice and seaweeds. Because all the ingredients are locally procured, the locals enjoy their freshness by sometimes eating them raw. If you however are a bit adamant on eating raw meat, you can always start with the cooked varieties first.


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