Foodies, read on (lots of pictures of mouthwatering food will follow – I’ve warned you!)If you love to eat, especially fish & meat, Japan is the place for you to go. From sashimi so fresh, it still wiggles to kobe beef, which is so tender it will melt in your mouth.1. Tai Chazuke: Sashimi on a bowl of rice, to eat with a delicious sesame sauce and green tea poured over the rice/ fish. By far the best dish I’ve ever had.2. Sushi & Sashimi : no trip to Japan could be complete without them. Try all the different types of fish and forms – for breakfast (yes, that’s a thing at the Tokyo Tsujiki Fish Market), lunch and dinner. Sushi from back home will be plastic compared to this one, trust me. Don’t miss pufferfish sashimi (fugu), known to be letal if cut in the wrong way.For a change try sashimi on rice in a bowl. 3. Green Tea: everything made out of matcha (green tea powder) is just completely different in Japan. Even the Matcha Frappuccino tastes better than back home!Must try are the Japanese-French fusion desserts of Sadaharu Aoki (personal favourite: matcha ice cream macaron). One of the best desserts I’ve tried was a green tea matching a soft rice cake.4. Deep fried everything – from Tempura to Kushi Katsu: Fried chicken and shrimps, combined with various delicious sauces and cabbage – you think you’ve reached the highlight of unhealthy-food heaven..but just wait until you combine this with sticks and get Kushikatsu: deep fried everything on sticks (personal favourite: cheese croquettes, sweet potato & pumpkin). 5. Kobe beef: beef so tender that it will melt in your mouth, even before reaching your teeth. Cooked to perfection in front of you, just as you wish – no sauces, no spices, just beef.Even if not Kobe, you’ll find delicious steaks in Japan – you get to grill them yourself and they are tender and delicious!6. Harajuku Crêpes 7. Ramen: fast, cheap and usually delicious noodles. With or without soup, hot or cold- always perfect for a quick bite. The come in huge bowls and you get to slurp them making all the noises you weren’t allowed when you were a kid. Personal favourite: vegetarian Udon soup.8. Local delights: every region has it’s specialities, make sure to try them all! Tako-yaki balls on Dotonbouri Hiroshima OystersHiroshima pancakesMatsuyama SweetsKakuni-Majo (bun with pork in sweet sauce from Nagasaki)Cucombers on sticks9. Dumplings & Gyôza 10. Sake: plum, sweet potato or rice. Best on the rocks or with soda. 11. Entire fish (to be eaten with chopsticks) 12. Warm rice crackers 13. French Patisserie / Boulangerie – carb heaven is in Japan, where you’ll find french bakeries at every corner selling freshly-baked goods. 14. Amazing coffee & European food : not only does Japanese cuisine offer a huge variety of dishes- it also has amazing Western food (just in case you miss home a little bit sometimes, or have a sushi overdose).
A month in Japan has been lots of fun with trying out different types of food – I’m glad to having experienced so many delicious treats! Eating has been by far one of the highlights of the trip!