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  • Hey guys!

  • I make lots of videos about food

  • But I thought it would be best to compile them all into one single video

  • So if you guys are coming here for a trip you can kinda look through this

  • and get some ideas of stuff to try

  • I'm not gonna mention the super obvious, like sushi

  • So keep that in mind. It's not that I'm saying it's bad...

  • It's just, you guys all know about sushi

  • So yeah, lets get started!

  • The first thing that came to find when I was thinking of foods that people aren't familiar with in Japan

  • I thought of katsudon!

  • Katsudon is one of my favourite dishes

  • Even thought I don't like meat, I really like katsudon

  • It is a breaded pork cutlet, on top of a bed of rice

  • And they have a really yummy egg that they pour over it with onions

  • It is soooo delicious

  • So I really recommend that you try katsudon!

  • You can get it at any Japanese style restaurant

  • You can get it at super fast-food type of restaurants as well

  • I will list a couple places where you can get each dish down below in the description box

  • So check that out

  • But katsudon, yes #1 for sure!

  • #2 would be zarusoba

  • I bet you guys know soba noodles, they are a buckwheat noodle

  • They're very popular outside of Japan as well

  • But zarusoba is a certain way to eat it here where the noodles are cold

  • and you dip them into a dipping sauce called mentsuyu

  • It's a really great dish for the summer because they're cold

  • But I love them so much so I even eat them in the winter

  • Again, you can get these at any typical Japanese restaurant

  • #3 would be udon!

  • Udon are another type of noodle which are thick and made from wheat flour

  • I really like eating udon here because

  • lots of restaurants you can order your bowl of udon

  • and then you can pick and choose the toppings that you wanna put inside of it

  • My favourite is to put some kind of tempura on top

  • and an egg, and I just think it's so yummy!

  • Udon are really cheap and really filling

  • So it's a great meal if you're on a budget

  • Ok next would be okonomiyaki

  • Okonomiyaki is a Japanese pancake

  • When you think pancake, you think sweet but okonomiyaki are a savoury pancake

  • You can basically put whatever ingredients you want inside of it

  • Inside of my okonomiyaki I like to put lots of vegetables

  • You can also put meats inside

  • Honestly whatever you like

  • so that's why it's so much fun

  • Many okonomiyaki restaurants in Japan you can grill your own

  • So they'll bring you the bowl with the batter

  • and all the ingredients and then you stir that up

  • and pour it on the grill in front of you and fry it yourself

  • It's lots of fun

  • I will list a couple okonomiyaki restaurants that I recommend down below

  • Another favourite of mine is fish egg pasta

  • Oh my god, I love it!

  • It probably sounds creepy to lots of you because it did to me at first too

  • I had the instant kind first actually

  • I'll put a picture here so you can see what it looks like

  • You can buy some in the grocery store

  • and bring some back with you so you can eat it in your home country as well

  • But it's so good, it's not super fishy

  • It's got kind of a spicy flavour

  • There's two types actually

  • Mentaiko and Tarako

  • Tarako and Mentaiko are both made from the same type of fish eggs

  • The are cod or pollock eggs

  • The only difference is the flavourings

  • With the tarako it's basically just salted, it doesn't have any spice to it

  • The mentaiko has a bit of a kick to it, it's got some chili pepper in it

  • They're not only used in pasta but also in other dishes such as pizza

  • Sandwiches, sushi...

  • It's a popular ingredient for onigiri as well

  • I prefer mentaiko usually

  • But a very cheap family restaurant called Saizeriya

  • has a tarako pasta that I really really really like

  • So if you go there, please try the tarako pasta!

  • So good omg

  • Next up is curry rice

  • When you think of Japan you probably don't think curry

  • But curry is actually one of the most popular meals that people eat here

  • It's really easy to make yourself, or you can go out and get it at a restaurant

  • There's a very popular chain called CoCo Curry

  • And again, you can choose whatever toppings you want on your curry

  • There'll be the base curry, you can choose to put katsu (breaded meat) on it

  • Or vegetables like spinach, or scrambled egg

  • Or eggplant

  • My favourite is eggplant with scrambled egg, it's so good! I recommend you try it!

  • Be very careful at CoCo Curry! They have different spiciness levels

  • You can choose

  • I always choose the sweetest one (amakuchi)

  • It goes up to level 10 I think

  • Basically you can choose whatever level you want

  • But after like 3, it starts to get pretty intense

  • Which is weird for Japan, so it's kind of surprising

  • So forget all that you know about Japanese food not being spicy when you go there

  • And stick with like a lower number to start with, just in case

  • Because it's really really really spicy

  • My friends I know that love spicy food, like SUPER spicy food

  • will only get like a 4, past that is a little much for them

  • Be careful!

  • Another rice dish is omurice

  • Omurice is short for omelette rice

  • It's a flavoured rice, covered in an omelette

  • It's usually served with ketchup or a tomato sauce

  • There are so many omurice restaurants in Japan, and they're all so delicious!

  • It's also really easy to make yourself!

  • I will be making some recipe videos soon

  • I wanna show you guys some of the Japanese foods that you can make at home

  • really simply, so you guys can try this out even if you don't have a chance to come to Japan

  • But omurice is so good

  • And there's so many different variations of it too

  • I went to an omurice restaurant in Shibuya recently

  • I will put that one down below

  • But there were probably 20-30 different kinds of omurice there

  • They were so good! I got the basic one with tomato sauce

  • And it was delicious!! So good.

  • Next is oden!

  • Now, oden is a winter dish

  • So if you come here in the summer or spring you might not see it around

  • I saw it come out in about the middle of September this year

  • So I figure if you come here anytime after that, you will see it in the convenience stores

  • It's basically vegetables, and fish and eggs and various ingredients stewed in a hot fish broth

  • It is so yummy! And you can tell the people which ones you want

  • So I pick out my favourites which are daikon, shirataki noodle, and hard boiled egg

  • Daikon is the best, just make sure you try the daikon

  • It absorbs all the broth and like melts in your mouth, it's so good!

  • Really cheap too! Each piece will be about 50-100 yen

  • So you can choose however many you want

  • You can eat them just like that, or they will give you some spicy mustard to eat with them

  • Either way, it's really really good

  • So if you guys are here in the winter, definitely check that out at the conbini

  • It will be up by the cash register, up at the front there

  • So you'll order it from the cashier and they will serve it for you

  • It looks kinda gross, I'm not gonna lie

  • But try it because it's really good!

  • I hope that gave you guys some ideas of things that you didn't really know about

  • Leave some comments down below and tell people what your favourite Japanese foods are

  • There are so many more that I could have mentioned, but I just picked some of my favourites

  • So leave some comments down below so other people get some more recommendations

  • I will be making another video focusing on sweets

  • Because I decided that that deserved a whole video all to itself

  • So look out for that!

  • And I will see you guys soon, bye!

Hey guys!

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8 Must Try Japanese Foods

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    Jim posted on 2017/08/08
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