377,973.89 km2, about 127 million people and a cuisine that is based on traditional recipes, seasonal ingredients and a wide range of regional meals that make Japanese gastronomy so diverse. Let’s take a look at some of these specialties: in the first part of our article, our destinations are Kyoto, Sapporo, Tokyo and Osaka.
Due to the fact that Japan’s various parts have a different climate, the weather conditions urged locals to establish their own agricultural practices. Therefore, the ingredients they produced and used created a long list of unique recipes. Traveling through Japan is a real culinary adventure – and here is a rough sketch of the island’s food map!
Yudofu – Kyoto
The former imperial capital of Japan certainly has its own take on gastronomy. One of the most popular winter dishes come from Kyoto, where the cold climate called for this kelp-based delicacy. The other important ingredient of the soup is tofu: there are 1600 Buddhist temples in the area, and yudofu became one of the main protein sources for Buddhist monks.
Ramen – Sapporo
Ramen is the signature dish of Hokkaido island’s largest city, Sapporo: there is a secluded street in this town, called Ramen Yokocho, or Ramen Alley. The three types of this beloved dish – miso ramen, soy sauce ramen and salt ramen – originate from different parts of Hokkaido.
Monja-yaki – Tokyo
Japan’s busy capital is where our chef is going to at the beginning of next year: after winning the European round of Washoku World Challenge, Zsolt Kurkó will fly to Tokyo to compete as one of the most distinguished foreign chefs of Japanese gastronomy.
Monja-yaki was a special treat for children at first, then it became a much liked meal for a wider audience. What’s a monja-yaki? It consists of some dried squid, sweetcorn and cabbage. The mixture is put on a hotplate – it’s cooked and eaten with the help of a tiny spatula. 100% taste and fun!
Takoyaki – Osaka
A plateful of octopus dumplings? Bring it on! Tokayaki is made of flour, chunks of octopus, chopped onions, cabbage, pickled ginger, all mixed and put on a special iron plate. It’s spicy, crispy and irresistible! It is served with a variety of toppings like mayonnaise, dried bonito or green seaweed. Osaka is famous for its street food, so if you happen to visit this booming city, make sure you discover its savory treasures!
In the second part, we will drop by Hioshima, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa for another set of mouthwatering local meals! At Sushi Sei, we await you with many wonderful dishes and seasonal specialties to make sure you get the best of the island’s colorful gastronomy. Prepared and served in an authentic way, we preserve the essence of Japanese cuisine in each and every bite. Follow our blog for more interesting details about Japanese gastronomy, culture and heritage. Visit Sushi Sei for an outstanding culinary experience: you can reserve a table here, or order your favorite sushi boxes and tasty Japanese treats right to your doorstep!