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  • Hey guys it's me Cathy Cat. If you don't speak German don't forget

  • to switch on the subtitles because today I am gonna talk in my native language.

  • Okay let's go!

  • Sushi is known all across the world but Japan has some special delicacies

  • that you need to try as well. That's why today...

  • Today I will tell you 5 of my favourite Japanese foods that are NOT sushi!

  • Number 5 is Gyuudon.

  • It's simply Japanese rice and on top of that...

  • comes fried, thinly sliced beef.

  • It's one of the cheapest budget foods you can eat in Japan...

  • When I don't have much cash I love going to eat Gyuudon.

  • The trick to it is...

  • There is flavor... uh taste, there is lots of rice and you will definitely feel full afterwards.

  • I pay less than 500 Yen for it so it's super cheap too.

  • One of my YouTuber friends was VERY shocked to hear I visit Gyuudon places alone...

  • cause usually you see all business men sitting there alone in a row...

  • shoveling their gyuudon quickly before they have to go back to work...

  • I do however visit those places in my complete... armor so to speak.

  • I will sit down and get my gyuudon.

  • Yeah well the people will look at me surprised but I know how I like my gyuudon.

  • I ask for "Tsuyudaku" and that means .... wait that was English...

  • So I can recommend you "Tsuyudaku" which means...

  • With the rice is a bit more of the sauce they use to fry the meat...

  • and if you order "Tsuyudaku" people will be like ...

  • "That girl knows what she's talking about and has been eating Gyuudon before."

  • I love that. Then you get so much more flavor with the rice. It's cheap and tasty.

  • Number 4. I would like to introduce you to two types of noodles that you cannot

  • easily get in Germany and similar. One is Soba noodles and the other is Udon.

  • Soba is buckwheat noodles. They look dark and are supposed to be healthy

  • You can tell from the color it has to be some kind of healthy.

  • They are gray, sometimes brownish...

  • Those noodles are a lot more healthy than others.

  • And Udon are thick white noodles and they are a little "squishy"...

  • "Squishy".... I don't remember what that word is in German...

  • They are thicker and have a "bounce" to it... damn that's and English word again....

  • (in Japanese) Give me a sec...

  • Well then the noodles have a little bounce to it!

  • Both soba and udon you can order either with cold or

  • warm soup. These two types are seen are more healthy foods...

  • some of them have less calories than other foods here in Japan.

  • And both can go well with fresh Tempura, if you like fried foods.

  • Another interesting thing is that generally the soup base of udon and soba is

  • without meat but with fish instead. So those who don't like meat,

  • this might be better for you (depending on the restaurant)

  • Especially in summer when it's very hot in Japan, a cold soba or udon soup is great.

  • It's great to cool down and when you're not feeling that hungry.

  • Yes

  • Number 3

  • I love Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu!

  • For both of those dishes you get a large pot that sits in the middle of the table...

  • This is great for parties with friends by the way.

  • You sit around the pot and take thinly sliced pork, beef or

  • sometimes chicken or lamb...

  • Take it on your chopsticks...

  • "Shabu-Shabu" is the sound the meat does, the onomatopoeia

  • when you swing the meat around in the boiling soup.

  • Because the meat is sliced so thinly...

  • It gets done really quickly so you can eat it. It's a little bit like....

  • Fondue!

  • Just that it's not little cubes and you eat them from chopsticks instead

  • The difference between shabushabu and sukiyaki is that...

  • Sukiyaki the soup has a rather strong flavor...

  • and then you dip the food into raw eggs.

  • Don't worry in Japan raw eggs are generally save to eat. I have never heard of a case

  • of someone having problems with that. So dip it into the raw egg...

  • and then eat the meat like that.

  • That's the Sukiyaki way. With ShabuShabu you do...

  • you have different sauces and you dip the meat afterwards into different sauces.

  • They are similar but also different. The first time I came to Japan...

  • I ate more than my entire host family...

  • Because I liked it so much. Fresh meat...

  • fresh vegetables..

  • cooked right there and you can eat as much of whatever you personally like...

  • And you don't have to worry to much about other's foods and how much there is left on the plate

  • I love these dishes!

  • Number 2

  • Ramen and Tsukemen!

  • Ramen many of you have heard before. It's a Japanese take on a noodle soup...

  • it doesn't originally come from Japan actually...

  • but Japanese people took the receipes and made their own thing with it...

  • The different between ramen and tsukemen?

  • Tsukemen noodles are thicker than ramen noodles and the soup...

  • and the noodles are separated!

  • The soup is also a lot stronger.

  • It's almost too thick to drink it like that.

  • When having Tsukemen, you pick the noodles and dip them a little

  • in the super rich soup.

  • Then you slurp it like that. With ramen you already have everything in one dish

  • Noodles are in the soup together with other things, like an egg and similar.

  • These dishes are super popular. Ramen might also exist where you live.

  • I was once in Duesseldorf and had Ramen there too.

  • However Tsukemen hasn't really made it's way to other countries and that is my

  • definite recommendation! If you you have seen my Instagram account...

  • Then you know!

  • At least once a week there is a picture of me having Tsukemen in my IG stories

  • Because the director and I, when we get a quick break from our shoots,

  • We often go to have Tsukemen, and we have our favourite spots by now which we like.

  • There are just so many flavors.

  • That is my absolute favourite!

  • It's a very tight race with the dish that gets first place. Let's talk about that one.

  • And here comes number one of Japanese foods that you should not miss

  • if you come to Japan. And that is Okonomiyaki!

  • You might have wondered about the hot plates on the tables here.

  • I shall now...

  • Well we are right now in an Okionomiyaki restaurant and I will introduce it to you

  • as a Vlog!

  • Do you remember the microphone from SHURE?

  • I will clip it onto my phone and make a report, vlog style.

  • Ok looks like it's time for me to order so let's do this!

  • I am curious about your Classic Okonomiyaki. It says there is an healthy option.

  • I want to try the Avocado version!

  • I saw you have a Vegetarian option and also a Vegan one? - Yes.

  • Can I try the Vegan one? - There won't be egg or our flavor sauce in it. Ok?

  • Yeah take it all out for me.

  • I think... I think it's on the way to me!

  • Sorry for the wait...

  • Here is the Avocado one...

  • Ok we have a normal Okonomiyaki with special toppings!

  • We have cheese, avocado and tomatoes because I like that stuff!

  • And over here we got...

  • The Vegan Okonomiyaki. You cannot expect that to be in normal stores...

  • it's super rare to find Vegan food in Japan. I am happy they have it here.

  • I shall taste the taste for you.

  • Let's try it.

  • Okay, I don't come from the Kansai region of Japan but...

  • the director comes from Kansai, which is famous for Okonomiyaki

  • That's why we will leave it to the director to fry it for us.

  • My favourite things about Okonomiyaki is, it's a total party food.

  • You can fry it with friends, laugh at how people cut it,

  • And also if you have people who are hmmm...

  • very peculiar about their dislikes, you can all make your own Okonomiyaki

  • To match your own tastes. It's great.

  • It's like a mix of omelette and pizza.

  • Hey! (Don't copy me!)

  • Well that looks really good.

  • And that's how it gets on the hot plate and get's spread around.

  • Oh wow it smells so good.

  • I am not the patient type...

  • I also want the Vegan Okonomiyaki fried right now. So the director will be

  • frying the Vegan Okonomiyaki right now too. Thank you!

  • It looks like they use a type of sticky potato instead of the dough. Ops something just fell off the dish.

  • You can see I am holding the SHURE microphone in my hand because I want to...

  • really hear in detail how nicely it will sizzle on the hot plate.

  • You can experience that with me now.

  • Let's do it!

  • Time for one of my favourite moments... the flipping? The over flipping?

  • The flip of the Okonomiyaki!

  • Go!

  • This is great right?

  • And GO!

  • This is the Okonomiyaki sauce which is called... Sauce.

  • That was the Sauce and next stop is the Mayonnaise.

  • Director: MAYO

  • Mayonnaise! Mayo-naise!

  • Wow the director seems to like mayonnaise a lot!

  • And next up is...

  • Dried... dried seaweeds.

  • Here are the extra toppings...

  • So this is a finished normal Okonomiyaki.

  • This is also Sauce... - What did you use earlier???

  • I think it's both Sauce?

  • Now even more Sauce!

  • And this time we use our extra toppings too...

  • Let's see how well the director can prepare that for us.

  • That looks pretty good.

  • Please cut me a piece director!

  • Okonomiyaki also means that...

  • you fry what you personally like. So when you are out with friends...

  • everyone can just put in the stuff they like.

  • In my case it's the Avocado here...

  • It's like a perfect mix of Omelette and Pizza...

  • Everyone likes it because everyone has their own tastes they can fry up.

  • I often tried...

  • To make Okonomiyaki in the UK and in Germany...

  • But without the right type of sauce...

  • Without the right hot plate... it never gets as good as when you make it in Japan.

  • That was super good but I am excited to find out now...

  • What the vegan okonomiyaki is like. I have NEVER tried that you see.

  • Some of the ingredients are totally different too...

  • For example you can't use the famous Sauce for these...

  • Instead they made their own sauce. This one here

  • I am very excited what this will be like.

  • Well then off you go director.

  • And these one here are herbs and types of grass

  • herbs...

  • that come from natural sources. They give the whole thing a different taste too.

  • I was so curious to try this one out.

  • Let's see how it will be.

  • This looks very green.

  • Well that does look good.

  • So vegan Okonomiyaki with extra... two herb topings.

  • Let's try it.

  • There are different flavors coming together for this one...

  • Especially the beans that are used...

  • and similar things. This does taste pretty good.

  • I am glad I tried it at least once.

  • I think it's good. I could get used to it.

  • If you are Vegan that is great but I have to be honest...

  • Okonomiyaki for me personally isn't the same without the Okonomiyaki sauce...

  • I need to add this extra for me personally...

  • That's just for the Okonomikai flavor that I love the most...

  • Those were my top 5 Japanese dishes without Sushi!

  • you should try them all if you should come to Japan!

  • I hope you enjoyed this video. There are more videos in German and

  • also many more in Japanese and English..

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  • I hope you had fun and I will see you soon for another video on Ask Japanese. Bye.

Hey guys it's me Cathy Cat. If you don't speak German don't forget

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