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Have you ever tried dishes with a great taste although there were barely any spices added?
>>>This is Japan
It’s very difficult to remember and name all the dishes we’ve tried during our stay in Japan. Nevertheless, once you travel there, you’ll learn that the cuisine has way more to offer than just sushi. Fresh ingredients, salad for breakfast, tasty sashimi, awesome tempura, superb miso soup, and last but not least – sweets with matcha flavour. After three weeks we had a pretty big collection of food pictures, so I decided to post some of them.
I guess, I had many food stereotypes before flying to Japan. The must-have for breakfast is bread. The best time for fish is Christmas Eve. The only thing you can mix with hot milk foam is coffee. Hence, I was very surprised how quickly I’d changed my food habits in Japan. It became normal to us to have soup or salad for breakfast and drink matcha latte instead of cappuccino.
Ordering food in Japan
The best thing about ordering food is that even if the menu is only in Japanese and you have no Japanese friends around you, and you have no idea how to read it, you can always point out the dish in the menu or in… the shop window. Many restaurants present their dishes in a form of plastic plates with plastic foods in a windowed cabinet outside the shop. This way you know what they serve and one incredible thing: the food you order will look exactly like the artificial one and will be edible.
Food in ryokan
Well, after 2-weeks stay, we attempted to have some spaghetti but we immediately regretted having Italian food in Japan. It was anything but tasty. But Japanese food…look at some of the dishes from our 13-course dinner (that lasted 3 hours!) during our stay in the ryokan – a traditional Japanese guest house.
You know that green tea is very popular in Asia, don’t you? And you know that Japanese like tea. And here comes the magical tea: matcha. Matcha is actually a green tea powder that is being used not only for drinking. In fact, in Japan, many, many things are matcha flavoured. After coming from the trip, I started ordering matcha powder online and drinking it almost every day.
My top 3 picks
Everything was tasty in Japan. Everything. And nobody has paid me for saying this here. Everything. Because all the dishes were so yummy, it’s hard to tell which one was the best. However, I decided to introduce these three dishes below. It’s not only about their tastiness but about the way they were prepared or served.