Travelling to Japan might be in everyone’s bucket list. Japan is a very distinctive country where you can enjoy your visit to the fullest. There are so many interesting things to see and do during your trip to Japan. Food hunting is highly recommended because Japan is known for their distinctive, authentic cuisines. Aside from Udon and Sushi, Japan has many other underrated dishes often missed by tourists and travelers alike. Those dishes deserve more recognition and appreciation. 

Highly recommended underrated Japanese dishes to try

Japanese cuisines always manage to make our mouth waters. You may have been so familiar with the taste of tonkatsu, tempura, sushi, udon, and takoyaki. However, those are not the only delicous foods you can try in Japan. In fact, you should widen your list. Here are underrated Japanese dishes worth travelling for:

Abura Soba

Abura Soba is Japanese noodle dish that also has meaning ‘oil noodle’. this is basically dry version of ramen. It is also a very simple, light dish you can enjoy at any time. This dish is served without any soup. In fact, it is served in three different oil bases such as chili, salt, and soy sauce. It taste heavenly in your mouth and not really dry because of the oil. It is still enjoyable to eat. 

Ochazuke

Ochazuke is another simple dish often underrated in Japan. It may be due to its plain look. However, don’t be fooled by the looks. This dish has particularly unique taste you may never get from other cuisines outside Japan. This is basically a team rice putting in the bowl and poured in the hot green tea. The side dishes are presented mostly consisted of umeboshi and tsukemono, which is a kind of pickled vegetables. You can add the topping with some furikake to enhance the taste. 

Hayashi Rice

hayashi rice travel japan

Hayasi Rice is pretty similar to Japanese curry rice you may have been so familiar with. However, this dish is not served with curry sauce but demi-glace stew. The stew is prepared with tomato sauce and red wine. Thus, it taste completely different from Japanese curry rice. Other ingredients are included such as beef, mushrooms, and onion slices. 

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Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is often underrated. It is basically Japanese pancake. The batter are made from flour, eggs, water, and shredded cabbage. More often than not, additional ingredients are included such as meat, pork belly slices, seafood, marinated fish roe, rice cakes, or cheese. Every region in Japan has their own version of Okonomiyaki. The Hiroshima version for example, has yakisoba noodles layering the surface. This dish is best served with black sauce and mayonnaise as well as seaweed and bonito flakes.

Tsukemen

Tsukemen is noodle dish often underrated in Japan. It may resemble Japanese ramen but different. The noodles are served separately from the broth. To enjoy this dish, just dip the few strands of noodle into the hot, thick broth then eat them. The noodles usually come with other side ingredients as side dishes such as pork slices, hard-boiled eggs, bamboo shoots, and dried seaweed. 

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