During my trip to Japan in 2018 I tried several dishes, in this article I would like to share all those dishes that I ate during my stay, be it fast food, traditional cuisine or western recipes. I hope you like this list of dishes.
The purpose of this article is to show the huge variety of foods I ate in Japan, thus showing that there is food for all tastes. I really miss the food there, I can't find anything similar in Brazil, which saddens me.
Main Highlights of Japan
We will not talk much about pasta that I left a category just for them. Generally besides pasta I used to eat a lot of meat and a lot gyudon. My friend was very fond of hamburgers, so we went to KFC and local restaurants a few times.
Yakiniku it is one of the best places to eat until clogged, I went more than three times and once was in Hokkaido where I tried mutton. This is a cheap meat carvery where you even roast the meat on the grill at your table.
In the photo below we have one of the dishes I ate most during my trip, soba and gyudon. One of the most delicious and cheapest dishes in Japan. There are variations with other ingredients like gyudon with cheese and mayonnaise.
I usually ate karaage for breakfast, konbini skewers. I loved pasta and fried things, I also went to Italian restaurants and other cultures that are common in Japan. Italy, Korea, America, Spain and Germany.
See also a video I recorded of some Japanese foods:
The Ramen I ate in Japan
The first time I went to Japan I loved soba and udon, simple and inexpensive dishes consisting of noodles with some side dishes like tempura flakes. I also loved the frozen macaroni somen and other variants.
On the first trip I didn't have good experiences with ramen, I believe I only ate twice. On Monday my vision changed completely, I ate several dishes of ramen and I liked them all, it is a disappointment not to find them in Brazil.
In the top photo we have one of the first ramen I ate in Japan, his sauce was quite thick, it was interesting, I don't remember the type but it was close to Hamamatsu. Some outstanding ramen was this one full of chashu that I ordered in the Izu region.
The first ramen below is very spicy, I ate in the region of Sapporo. The second is tsukemen, where you simply put the noodles into the sauce ramen and then eat. This one I ate in Akihabara with Rodrigo Coelho (Coelho in Japan).
Finally the best, the famous Black Sapporo Ramen, from a small establishment called Isono Kazuo nearby in Susukino, Sapporo. The place is small, opens at 10:00 pm, but there is a huge line of people interested in trying it out.
Snacks and Street Food in Japan
I took thousands of photos, so I decided to assemble them in small thumbnails and talk briefly about each of the images. In the first photo starting on the left we have the famous yakitori, I tried a great variety, very good.
In the second image we have a kind of corn chips covered with a layer of chocolate (I don't remember the name). Followed by a pie and some donuts. In the second row we have seasoned konage karaage and then some sweets from the Mr. Donuts store.
The donuts and sweets from the image above I bought using a QR code from a line I got from some friends. In the penultimate we have a fish-shaped candy, I don't remember the taste, but it must be fish, I bought it in the Hakone region. Finally a traditional Onigiri.
In the other image we have a traditional hamburger dish from some restaurant that I don't remember, followed by probably Takoyaki. Then a pretzel from a German restaurant in Hokkaido and then I think snake meat from Little world.
In the bottom row we have some nikuman from Little World, followed by mini pretzels. Finishing the line with some nugets I don't remember what, and another kind of tonkatsu or breaded, but I don't remember that it's not pork.
Then we have a type of salty snack or potato stick served in a glass of yuzu flavor (Japanese lemon). A coffee drink along with chocolate covered coffee beans and a simple ice cream. Finally, we have a delicious hamburger (I believe).
In the bottom one we have Okonomiyaki, amazed, with noodles inside. Followed by a delicious burger (I don't remember where) and another hamburger I believe to be from Hokkaido. Finally, I believe it is some smoked meat or salami for starters.
These dumplings that look like cheese bread are actually sweet and have a creamy filling, I tried them on yakiniku, which represents the second photo in the image. Again a hamburger image seen previously and finally Unagidon.
In the bottom row we have a tonkatsu bought in the market, followed by a delicious konbini sausage along with aloe yogurt (yummy). A tasty chocolate called gaba and another type of chocolate that I can’t identify.
The craziest drinks I've had in Japan
During my first trip I took things that are generally easy to find like Fanta with flavors of peach and melon. On Monday, a friend made me try unusual things like Kiwi and Aloe yogurt.
We also tried local beverages like eel-flavored coca cola, Mount Fuji water, plum soda, creamy grape soda, jasmine tea, yuzu tea (Japanese lemon), and we also came across a drink with 96% of alcohol content.
In restaurants I usually drank free drinks that were juice and tea. I also really liked iced coffee, I miss that in Brazil. I also overreacted with milk chocolate coffee from convenience machines.
We spent a night going in 3 Izakaya, interesting that they serve the drink in a kind of glass that is inside another square wooden cup, thus filling both glasses. It was a very fun and expensive night.