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10 Surprising Differences Between Japanese-Italian Food and Real Italian Food

10 Surprising Differences Between Japanese-Italian Food and Real Italian Food

Many countries appreciate Italian food to the point that it ends up mixing with the local cuisine, creating new variations of the original Italian recipes. Japan is no exception—the country’s love for Italian food shows through the many Italian restaurants you can find in almost every Japanese city as well as through the wide variety of interesting fusion dishes born from the inventiveness of Japanese chefs. In this article, an Italian living in Japan covers the history of Italian food in Japan, the types of “Italian” food you can find in Japan, and some great restaurants where you can try these fascinating fusion dishes for yourself!

Soybeans: The Most Essential Ingredient in Japanese Food

Soybeans: The Most Essential Ingredient in Japanese Food

What comes to your mind when you think of Japanese food? Sushi? Miso soup? Whatever your answer, there’s a very good chance that it wouldn’t be the same were it not for soybeans. Sushi, for example, is typically brushed or dipped in soy sauce, and the miso in miso soup is made from fermented soybeans. Indeed, many of Japan’s most iconic foods make use of soybeans in one form of another, making the beans indispensable in Japanese cuisine. In this article, we will explore many of the Japanese foods made from soybeans, as well as recommend some great restaurants in Japan where you can get a taste of the very best of them.

Soybeans: The Most Essential Ingredient in Japanese Food

Soybeans: The Most Essential Ingredient in Japanese Food

What comes to your mind when you think of Japanese food? Sushi? Miso soup? Whatever your answer, there’s a very good chance that it wouldn’t be the same were it not for soybeans. Sushi, for example, is typically brushed or dipped in soy sauce, and the miso in miso soup is made from fermented soybeans. Indeed, many of Japan’s most iconic foods make use of soybeans in one form of another, making the beans indispensable in Japanese cuisine. In this article, we will explore many of the Japanese foods made from soybeans, as well as recommend some great restaurants in Japan where you can get a taste of the very best of them.

An In-Depth Guide to the World of Cheap Japanese Fast Food

An In-Depth Guide to the World of Cheap Japanese Fast Food

While Japan may offer an unparalleled experience in haute cuisine, it also has the art of fast food perfected. Not only can you find similar burger-and-sandwich chains as in other countries, but there are also fast food restaurants offering traditional Japanese cuisine. Read on for a complete overview of fast food in Japan, including sushi, curry, and more!

All About Anko: The Red Bean Paste Desserts You Can Eat in Japan

All About Anko: The Red Bean Paste Desserts You Can Eat in Japan

Many people are often surprised to hear that beans can be enjoyed as dessert in Japan. But "anko", a paste made from red beans called "azuki", is a staple in traditional Japanese confectionery, and has been enjoyed by Japanese people for centuries. The taste can be enjoyed alone, or as a complement to other Japanese flavors such as matcha (roasted green tea) or mochi (sticky rice cake). This time, we will explain what anko is, and the many ways it can be enjoyed.

All About Anko: The Red Bean Paste Desserts You Can Eat in Japan

All About Anko: The Red Bean Paste Desserts You Can Eat in Japan

Many people are often surprised to hear that beans can be enjoyed as dessert in Japan. But "anko", a paste made from red beans called "azuki", is a staple in traditional Japanese confectionery, and has been enjoyed by Japanese people for centuries. The taste can be enjoyed alone, or as a complement to other Japanese flavors such as matcha (roasted green tea) or mochi (sticky rice cake). This time, we will explain what anko is, and the many ways it can be enjoyed.

Cheers to Awamori! Discover the Wonders of This Okinawan Sake

Cheers to Awamori! Discover the Wonders of This Okinawan Sake

From climate to culture, food, and dialect, Okinawa Prefecture—located in the southernmost part of Japan—is significantly different from the rest of the country. One of the products indigenous and unique to Okinawa is "awamori", a locally-produced rice wine. With a full-bodied yet mellow flavor, this Okinawan spirit has recently taken the whole country by storm. Let's take a closer look at what makes awamori so special! (No underage drinking, and no driving after drinking!)

Cheers to Awamori! Discover the Wonders of This Okinawan Sake

Cheers to Awamori! Discover the Wonders of This Okinawan Sake

From climate to culture, food, and dialect, Okinawa Prefecture—located in the southernmost part of Japan—is significantly different from the rest of the country. One of the products indigenous and unique to Okinawa is "awamori", a locally-produced rice wine. With a full-bodied yet mellow flavor, this Okinawan spirit has recently taken the whole country by storm. Let's take a closer look at what makes awamori so special! (No underage drinking, and no driving after drinking!)

All About Japan's Iced Desserts and Trendy Places to Try Them!

All About Japan's Iced Desserts and Trendy Places to Try Them!

Japan is a country with an infinite amount of creativity when it comes to desserts. With its hot summers and wealth of unique flavors to play with, it's no wonder there are so many delicious types of iced desserts to choose from. In this article, we'll introduce some of Japan’s best iced desserts, and help you find your way to some of the most trendy places to try them yourself!

A Complete Guide to Japan's Unique Green Tea Cuisine

A Complete Guide to Japan's Unique Green Tea Cuisine

Have you ever tried Japanese green tea? Whether it is the freshly aromatic ryokucha or the slightly bitter matcha, Japanese green tea has a lot of fans all over the world. With its rise to fame in recent years, Japanese green tea has evolved from merely a beverage into a delicacy bringing new flavors to the table. This article introduces the history and common types of Japanese green tea, as well as special green tea dishes that have been gaining popularity lately.

A Complete Guide to Japan's Unique Green Tea Cuisine

A Complete Guide to Japan's Unique Green Tea Cuisine

Have you ever tried Japanese green tea? Whether it is the freshly aromatic ryokucha or the slightly bitter matcha, Japanese green tea has a lot of fans all over the world. With its rise to fame in recent years, Japanese green tea has evolved from merely a beverage into a delicacy bringing new flavors to the table. This article introduces the history and common types of Japanese green tea, as well as special green tea dishes that have been gaining popularity lately.

The Charm and History of Japanese Curry, One of their National Dishes

The Charm and History of Japanese Curry, One of their National Dishes

What kind of curry do you like? Is it the traditional one with a blend of various spices, or Thai curry with coconut milk? This article will introduce the Japanese type – mildly flavored chicken curry with potatoes and carrots. It is known as one of Japan’s national dishes together with ramen, and is so popular among the locals that some would claim to even drink the curry sauce on its own! So what are the characteristics of this favorite food of the Japanese? Let's take a look!

The Charm and History of Japanese Curry, One of their National Dishes

The Charm and History of Japanese Curry, One of their National Dishes

What kind of curry do you like? Is it the traditional one with a blend of various spices, or Thai curry with coconut milk? This article will introduce the Japanese type – mildly flavored chicken curry with potatoes and carrots. It is known as one of Japan’s national dishes together with ramen, and is so popular among the locals that some would claim to even drink the curry sauce on its own! So what are the characteristics of this favorite food of the Japanese? Let's take a look!

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