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Five Foods You Need To Try In Japan

Five Foods You Need To Try In Japan
1. Unagi
Unagi is the Japanese term for freshwater eel, and is seen as quite a luxury dish in Japan. The most common way it is eaten is in a meal called Unagi-don, which put simply is unagi (often glazed with a type of barbeque or teriyaki sauce) served on a bed of rice. 

2. Sushi
Possibly one of the most popular Japanese dishes outside Japan, the word "sushi" refers to rice that has been seasoned with vinegar. This rice combined with raw fish and bound with nori, (roasted seaweed) is what generally makes up this traditional Japanese dish. Today there are so many different types of sushi available, which often vary from region to region. 

3. Shabu-Shabu        
Shabu-shabu is a Japanese dish consisting of thinly sliced beef boiled in broth. This is a meal usually shared communally, the beef is brought to the table where diners cook it themselves in boiling water provided, and then flavour it with a variety of dipping sauces. The word shabu-shabu is onomatopoeia for the sound the meat makes when it is stirred through the bubbling broth. 

4. Tempura
Japan's answer to deep frying, tempura involves coating seafood or vegetables in a light batter of water and flour. When fried this batter creates a texture which is both crisp and fluffy. Tempura is so loved that is has now become quite popular in western countries, a guaranteed crowd favourite being tempura prawns!

5. Ramen 
Japan's favourite meal, ramen, is an imported dish that they have made their own.  With the two main components of ramen being noodles and soup, it is inexpensive and incredibly easy to make.  It can also be packed full of extra deliciousness by adding ingredients such as beef, pork, bean sprouts and bamboo shoots. Ramen is usually categorised according to its soup base, of which there are four main types: tonkotsu (pork bone), miso, soy sauce and salt. 

To get some of these authentic flavours without leaving the country, be sure to check out or range of Japanese products, try out our Japanese Tempura Batter Mix or Miso Soup.  It has never been easier to whip up a Japanese feast in your own kitchen.

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