Because I have the uncanny inability to sleep in on the weekend (it’s Saturday here) and I’ve been up since 5:30, I thought I’d finally share some of my favorite meals from my time in Japan so far.
The food has been so good and what I like most besides the general deliciousness and variety is that the portions are normal sized. So even if something is rich and indulgent, you aren’t given too much of it, unlike the gluttony present in the US. However, there isn’t an overwhelming presence of fruits and vegetables. Oh and did I mention… fruit here is SO expensive. I think I actually had a heart palpitation when I saw 6-8 strawberries for 500 yen, that’s nearly $5!!
The flavors of Japanese cuisine are simple but delicious. One of my favorite meals has been this udon which has a thin piece of fried tofu on top.
Okonomiyaki is a specialty of the Kansai region of Japan (Kyoto, Osaka, etc.) and was by far my favorite meal in Kyoto. It is a savory pancake-like dish filled with vegetables, seafood, etc. and served on a hot skillet.
Unagi is barbequed eel served on rice. It was so delicious, but what isn’t delicious served with BBQ sauce.
What I have been most surprised by is that fact that some of my favorite food here isn’t Japanese. There is an Indian restaurant that I have been to nearly every Thursday for the vegetarian curry special with the most delicious nan bread.
There is a pancake craze in Japan. With breakfast food being my favorite, I have enjoyed this thoroughly. I swear, these are pancakes.
Oh and these crepes. The best 450 yen you will ever spend.
In terms of beverages, I am obsessed with Chu-hi (pronounced chew-hi) which is a low alcohol content soda-type drink and the most delicious refreshing thing, ever.
There is so much more: The best sushi you will have in your life. Soba noodles. Tempura. Green Tea/ Matcha everything. The list of delicious goes on and on.
That being said, I have a list of foods that I can’t wait to eat when I get home including black bean burgers, baked oatmeal, watermelon, general fruits and vegetables. And I am most looking forward to getting back into a full size kitchen and trying to recreate some of my favorite meals from my trip.
It’s time for some breakfast now!