My Japanese Culinary Tour

This week’s blog post is devoted to the dizzying array of culinary delights that I came across in Japan.

Osechi (see below) is traditional Japanese New Year’s fare.  Osechi are served in boxes called jūbako (重箱).

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On New Year’s Day there was also an abundance of sushi on offer.

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Noodles are very popular in Japan, particularly at lunchtime.  Below is a picture of a bowl of Soba noodles complete with egg, spinach and a tempura prawn.

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Here is a picture I took of a chef making Soba noodles.

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In my humble opinion Japanese KFC is far superior to the British version, and that is to say nothing of the customer service – read smiling and servility (including bowing).  What more could anyone ask for from a fast food restaurant?

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Whale meat is still widely eaten in Japan, much to the annoyance of Greenpeace.  Below is a picture of whale bacon for sale in a fish market that I visited.

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A strawberry and wasabi flavoured ice-cream.

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There are a number of different types of restaurants that serve meat in Japan, including Teppanyaki and Yaki Niku (see below), where the customer cooks the meat themselves.

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Below are two plates of gyoza.  I went on to order a third.  Gyoza are delicious but not particularly healthy.

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A bowl of eel (unagi) on rice that I had for lunch one day in a traditional Japanese restaurant.

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This sausage on a stick (see below) was probably the least appetising thing I ate in Japan.  They can be purchased from service stations, and are best avoided.

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The Japanese love ornate culinary displays (see below).

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And yet more sushi.

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  • Ooh, it all looks delicious Guy. I love Sushi but I have to go to Sushi restaurants alone because nobody else I know likes it. I think I would pass on the strawberry and wasabi ice cream though. It sounds as though you are having a good time in Japan, or are you back in the UK now?

  • Yummy! I so want to go to Japan. Your sushi looks much better than the sushi I’ve had. Gyozas can be delicious or disgusting, you just never know till you take a bite.

  • I spent my time in Japan eating all the things mentioned (except the KFC and susage on a stick) plus Miso for breakfast. Loved it. This brought back some nice memories. I just had gyozas for lunch today.

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