Japan is the cradle of The Anime Movement. The birthplace of the Otaku and the land of always sunshine and samurai swords. There is so much to see in Japan and so much more to experience. From the Shinjuku and Tokyo districts to the wide and open country roads. Japan is nothing less than a treasure trove for all the explorers out there. The only problem Indian tourists face in Japan apart from the language with the unusual syntax and way too many Railway rules/etiquette is the food. We Indians have a tendency to mostly try and avoid anything that gallivants around on 4 legs except for the usual pork and mutton. But Japan is a little free with it’s meat choices. Their policy is “If it moves, then you can eat it” or something along those lines.
Japan has a long history with rice and rice based dishes but Gohan takes this sweet little love story to a whole another level. Usually acclaimed by the Japanese to be one of the best rice in the whole wide world, Gohan will change your perspective towards plain rice. This sticky and savoury dish can be enjoyed without any sides or you can pick vegetables from the menu to fill your bowl up.
2. Zaru Soba
Have you ever wondered what kind of black magic would be involved to make a serving of cold noodles taste like it’s a dish hand delivered to you by the angels of heaven. Well you should ask the Japanese. Zaru Soba is a summer dishes which is served cold and made of buckwheat and served with a dipping of sauce, negi, sesame seeds and shredded nori.
Have you ever wondered why the Japanese have flawless skin. If you haven’t, then you really need to get your priorities right. Well it’s because they have a lot of green tea, like a lot. So much so that they even top their rice with it. Ochazuke is one such dish. Here rice is served with a topping of green tea and a set of vegetables like negi.
4. Kitsune Udon
Kitsune Udon literally translates to Fox Wheat Noodles. One of the most delicious of animal based dishes. Just kidding, they don’t really serve you a bit of fox in a steaming hot bowl of noodles. It’s just known because it’s a dish dedicated to the fox god. Well in one sense at least. The aburaage is one of the most favourite dishes of the fox god and is an ever present offering. It also is an compulsory topping for the Kitsune Udon, hence the name.
Well party food is something that you just can’t stop eating. Like you most obviously can’t quit it if you ever hit it. It’s a simple fact that you just can’t deny. But with so many dishes to choose from, Japan has surely gone about to prove that it has a questionable sense of taste. Edamame is a staple among the dishes that are present at a party. These salty young soybeans will surely win you over.
Kabocha is a fantastic side dish that has graced so many Bentos ( Japanese Lunch Boxes ) over the years. This dish is made from steamed or boiled winter squash. The sweet and filling dish is an absolute favorite among all Japanese young and old alike.
Taiyaki is just a giant punch in the face to all vegetarians and non vegetarians alike. It’s a fish shaped cake that is filled with Custard, Chocolate, Sweet Potato or Cheese. This popular festival dish is something that is an absolute favorite among tourists and natives alike. Also it’s a little confusing because it is a vegetarian fish shaped dish.
So here is a list of vegetarian dishes to know about, in case you want to go “Full Vegan” for your trip to Japan.
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