Types of Japanese Food

There are several types of Japanese food and below are some of the popular Japanese food recipes. Some typically found in Japanese restaurants, while some are traditionally cooked at home.

Japanese Soy Bean Dishes
Soy bean dishes are common in every
Japanese meal and makes a great appetizer.
Agedashi Tofu
Agedashi Tofu are deep fried tofu that are dipped into light soy sauce.

 Miso Soup
Miso is a common appetizer for any meal of the day.
Miso soup consist of miso paste, seaweed and bits of tofu.

Japanese Specialty Dishes

Tempura are ingredients such as seafood, yam, vegetables that are dipped
in batter then deep fried. Taste great when dipped with tempura sauce.
Okonomiyaki is inbetween a pizza and a pancake. Ingredients like seafood,
vegetables and meat can be mixed with the dough pan fried.

Gyoza are Japanese dumplings with ingredients in the centre
such as vegetables, meat or seafood.

Japanese  Rice Dishes
Rice is the most important ingredient in Japan and is used in several Japanese rice dishes.
Rice Bowl
A simple bowl of Japanese rice that is served with most Japanese meals.

A bowl of cooked Japanese rice served with some other toppings on top.
Examples of some popular donburi are beef teriyaki don, chicken
teriyaki don, tendon, oyakodon, katsudon, etc...

Onigiri are rice balls made of cooked rice and are wrapped in seaweed.
They are seasoned and have food located in the centre.
Onigiri are easy to pack and easy to make, they are a popular Japanese snack.

 Fried Rice
Fried rice is originally a Chinese recipe but has been introduced to
Japanese culture. There are several kinds of Japanese fried rice
serve in Japanese restaurants.

There are many kinds of sushi. A piece of sushi contains sushi rice that
comes with several toppings and then wrapped in seaweed.
Japanese Seafood Dishes
Japanese people eat a lot more fish compared to other countries. Study has shown this could be reason why Japan has relatively low rate of heart disease. Seafood is eaten in just about any form you can imagine, from raw, dried, boiled, grilled, deep fried or steamed.. Sushi is very affordable at Japanese restaurants outside Japan, yet it is actually expensive in Japan and is eaten mainly on special occasions. 

Sashimi is raw seafood. Only certain types of fish can be enjoyed raw if
they are fresh and prepared correctly. Raw seafood are enjoyed with soy sauce and wasabi.

Yakizakana is grilled fish. Several types of fish are enjoyed when grilled.

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Japanese Noodle Dishes / Japanese Ramen
Typical Japanese noodles are categorized as udon, ramen and soba. These noodles are cooked fresh and can be served as hot or cold.

Soba noodles are made of buckwheat flour and are about as thick as
spaghetti. Japanese soba noodles can be cold or hot.

Udon noodles are made of wheat flour and are thicker than soba.
Like soba noodles, udon and can also be served cold or hot.

Ramen are noodles prepared in a bowl of soup with various toppings.
Ramen is one of the most popular noodle dishes in Japan that
comes in several tasty soup base from miso, shoyu, or shiyo.

Yakisoba are fried or deep fried noodles.

Japanese Nabe Dishes
Nabe dishes are hot pot dishes that are prepared in a hot pot. 

A dish prepared with various sliced meat,
vegetables, mushrooms,
tofu and noodles. Egg can either be dipped in the sukiyaki or
ingredients can be dipped in the egg before eating.

Shabu-shabu is Japanese dish with several ingredients from
sliced meat,
vegetables, mushrooms and tofu.
Japanese Meat Dishes
Japanese are not only known for their seafood recipes but they also offer some common delicious meat dishes from yakitori, teriyaki beef/chicken and tonkatsu. 

Yakitori are grilled diced chicken on skewers.
Tonkatsu are deep fried pork cutlets and best served with tonkatsu sauce.
Chicken and beef teriyaki are chicken and beef cooked with teriyaki sauce.