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Asia Expat Guides: Wonderful Japanese Cuisine

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Moving to a new, foreign country is a daunting task which many expats find very overwhelming. At Asia Expat Guides, we understand your concerns and your specific needs as an expat. We routinely share articles and expat tips about moving to Asia at http://asiaexpatguides.com/expat-tips/.
In this particular slide, we compile our top picks of Japanese cuisine for new expats in Japan.

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Asia Expat Guides: Wonderful Japanese Cuisine

  1. 1. Wonderful Japanese Cuisine A Guide for New Expats in Japan By: Asia Expat Guides
  2. 2. Without a doubt, sushi is the most famous Japanese dish. Combining cooked vinegared rice with other ingredients such as raw fish and other seafood, good sushi relies on two things: the freshness of the ingredients and the knife skills of the chef. Whether you like your raw fish draped over bite-sized balls of vinegared rice, rolled up in toasted nori seaweed or pressed into fat rectangular logs, delicious sushi can be found in every price range.
  3. 3. Tempura is a Japanese dish of seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep fried. Ironically, this iconic Japanese dish finds its roots abroad, in Portugal. When Portuguese missionaries and traders arrived in Nagasaki in the mid16th century, they brought with them a taste for rich foods and the technique of deepfrying.
  4. 4. Despite being Japan's national dish, curry isn't a traditional Japanese recipe—it was brought over by Indian traders during the Meiji Era. But in the intervening decades, it's been adapted to Japanese tastes and has become Japan's quintessential comfort food. Much sweeter than its Indian counterparts, Japanese curry rice is prepared with every imaginable combination of Japanese vegetable, meat, or seafood; its spiciness customized per the customer's wishes.
  5. 5. The term 'octopus balls' doesn't do justice to this delectable snack from Osaka, which is the city’s most revered street food. Takoyaki are ball-shaped fritters - crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and anchored by the firm bite of octopus. Toppings include seaweed, bonito fish flakes, barbecue sauce, scallions, and mayonnaise. Takoyaki is a favorite at festivals and as a late-afternoon snack.
  6. 6. Yakitori is meat skewers slathered in tangy barbecue sauce and grilled to perfection. You can sample all manner of protein, from pork to beef liver to chicken heart. Those with more conservative tastes can try skewers of negima, chicken meat and spring onions, or gyuu rosu, chunks of beef loin.
  7. 7. Yakiniku is Korean-style barbecue adapted to Japanese tastes, and it is an extremely popular food in Japan. Part of yakiniku's appeal is the campfire-like atmosphere: each diner cooks his or her own meat on a griddle built into the table. Grill vegetables, pork, beef, chicken, and shellfish, or horumon delicacies like beef tongue, chicken heart, tripe, or liver. Any way you grill it, yakiniku is perfection on a plate.
  8. 8. For more information about being an expat in Asia, visit http://asiaexpatguides.com

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