Japanese Food

Ah, Japanese Food. One of the things you might even spend a lot of time researching on, is discovering all there is to eat in the land of the rising sun. Well, let me help you a bit.

Fellow Germans out there would probably agree with me that there are not many dishes that are even “German” at all. In our country, we may even serve more foreign food.

In Japan (日本) though, it’s different. The Japanese cuisine is known worldwide and highly regarded as one of the finest of its kind. There are so many types, varieties and flavors just waiting to be tasted.

Even if you are a picky eater like myself, you should have no problem finding something to eat in Japan. Unfortunately, as a vegetarian or vegan it can be a little harder to find such dishes compared to other first-world countries because there are just not that many in Japan.

Vegan/vegetarian Food in Japan

However, it is highly possible with some research. In the future, I will create an article dedicated to vegetarian and vegan food options available.

One thing I can tell you right now is that you will have to find dishes that are genuinely vegan in their core. Things like leaving out the meat or getting Ramen with non-pork based broth (if they don’t have any others) will almost never work. Most dishes in restaurants are not really customizable.

Restaurant Etiquette

Speaking of restaurants, in many countries, it is custom (maybe even required) to leave a tip when paying. In Japan, this is not the case. Tipping is not part of Japanese culture so it is not encouraged. Some individuals may gratefully accept it, but most of the time the staff will come running after you to give it back.

Without further ado, let me give you the list of the vast deliciousness available in Japan. There are, of course, big name fast food chains like McDonalds, KFC or Subway around as well (but I would highly recommend going for Japanese food instead ;)).

List of Japanese Food

Noodle dishes

Ramen (ラーメン) - most popular noodle dish for cheap money
Udon (うどん) - similar to Ramen, but with thicker noodles
Soba (蕎麦) - buckwheat flour noodles

Meat dishes

Yakiniku (焼肉) - self-grilled meat of all sorts
Shabu Shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ) - thinly sliced meat cooked through a hotpot
Sukiyaki (すき焼き) - similar to shabu shabu, but with a different broth
Yakitori (焼き鳥) - meat (mostly chicken) on a skewer
Wagyu beef (和牛) - Japanese beef; e.g. famous Kobe beef
Tonkatsu (豚カツ) - deep fried pork cutlet


Sushi (寿司) - arguably the most famous Japanese Food
Takoyaki (たこ焼き) - cooked batter with octopus inside
Sashimi (刺身) - thinly cut raw fish (meat variants also available)

Rice dishes

Curry rice (カレーライス) - lots of variants, e.g. with Katsu
Tamagokakegohan (卵かけご飯) - rice mixed with raw egg and soy sauce
Onigiri (お握り) - rice balls usually shaped in triangular form

Other Japanese Food

Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) - pan fried batter and cabbage along with other ingredients
Tempura (天ぷら) - deep-fried seafood or vegetables
O-dango (団子) - popular sweet/street food
Japanese Sweets (picture is Taiyaki)


I will create an individual article on as many of these foods as I can manage!

I advise you to try out as many of these dishes as possible. You will not regret it, I promise!

Sushi and the likes just taste a lot better in the country they come from. Visiting Japanese restaurants (レストラン) is also a very unique experience.

Whether it is a small izakaya (居酒屋) in an alley or a top-notch steak restaurant, the atmosphere and service are astounding.

On my first trip last year, I made it a priority to eat the famous Kobe beef in Kobe (神戸). And when I did, the service I received from that place was phenomenal, I felt like a King!

The Japanese hospitality is definitely another factor to consider, something you won’t really find outside of Japan!

That’s it for this article. Thank you for reading! Share it with your friends or post a comment down below if you found it interesting!

My next post is going to be about the all-time famous geek-mecca Akihabara (秋葉原) in Tokyo (東京)! Stay tuned.

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Hi! I'm Daniel and I live in Germany. Passionate lover of everything Japanese. Thank you for reading!

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