There are so many things and reasons to love Japan. Aside from the lovely sceneries you can expect from the place, the people are also well known for being extremely respectful and disciplined which makes tourist feel great pleasure while interacting to them. Japan has a very rich culture and we can see how much dedication they put onto the things they do which they pay too much attention for details. Their fine works can be seen through architecture, pottery, etiquette and practices, clothing, and of course their food and its preparation. These distinct properties causes them to be very noticeable from the others. No wonder why their Japanese culture has been widely spread throughout the globe and people are getting more and more hooked to it.
Talking about Japanese culture being widely spread throughout the globe, we can consider their food to be on top of the list. Why? Because it is everywhere and we just can’t get enough of it. So for me to be more concise, let me just cut elaborating the beauty of Japan and let me just highlight the 5 types of authentic Japanese restaurant that people commonly visit here in Singapore.
Oh come on! Who else doesn’t know what sushi is? It is the most popular Japanese food which is known all over the world. This is the reason why sushi bars are the top visited authentic Japanese restaurant here in Singapore and in any country. For those who didn’t know, sushi is a raw fish served on a rice vinegar mix commonly made with sugar and salt. It sounds so simple but sushi has so much more to offer because it has lots of kinds to be served and mixed with different ingredients like variety of fishes, vegetables, nori (seaweed), and many more. These variations can be classified into Nigiri sushi, Maki sushi, Oshi sushi, Temaki sushi, etc. You can enjoy the mixed flavors using a chopsticks and then dip it into soy sauce or wasabi or both.
I know this isn’t obvious but Yakitori bar is where they serve Japan’s famous Yakitori dish. Yakitori is what we called the Japanese brochette, a skewer or spit on which chunks of meat or fish are barbecued, grilled, or roasted. Before, the meat used was chicken (tori=bird) that’s why it is also known as “charcoal grilled chicken” – but as time passed by it was eventually turned to also be made with pork, beef and fish. Now, this brochette is a mix of vegetables and meat grilled to perfection, seasoned with either shio (salt) or tare (a sweet soy sauce-based sauce), dipped in teriyaki sauce and served with a side of friendly banter. The good news is, we have so many Yakitori Restaurant here in Singapore so you don’t have to worry if you want to have and taste this mouth-watering dish because these bars and restaurants of Yakitori can be easily spotted in Singapore.
Tempura is said to be a classical Portuguese dish but we can consider the light and fluffy tempura as Japan’s contribution to the crunchy world of deep-fried foods since it was popularized in the place. Tempura is a fried snack made mostly from seafood and vegetables traditionally fried in sesame oil, seasoned with a sauce made with soy sauce, ginger and sugar previously. It is commonly served with Tetsuyu sauce that it is a mix of consomme, sweet sake, soy sauce, ginger, other spices, and spiked with grated radish for dipping.
Shabu-shabu is a Japanese nabemono hot pot dish you can find in authentic Japanese restaurants. For this dish it is used many kinds of thinly sliced meats and seafood, mostly the soft ones, and sides of vegetables, tofu and sometimes noodles being swished around with chopsticks in bubbling broth. After it was cooked, you can dip it in a sesame sauce with some rice as a side dish.
Since ramen is also one of the most popular Japanese dish, Ramen restaurants are wide scattered here in Singapore. Ramen is a Japanese wheat noodles dish in a bowl served in a meat or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as slices of pork, dried seaweed, menma, green onions and egg. It seems to be similar with Shabu-shabu but in ramen the main ingredient is the noodle unlike Shabu-shabu where noodles is not always present.
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