Written by Hilary Keyes
Delicious And Satisfying: 7 Must Try Comfort Foods In Japan!
There are many popular dishes to be found in Japan, but if you're looking to try something slightly different, we recommend trying one of Japan's many comfort foods. Hearty, filling meals, these dishes are sure to please!
Tonkatsu are breaded, fried pork cutlets that may be served on a bed of shredded cabbage, or on top of rice with scrambled eggs, or even as a topping to curry rice. Many different sauces are added to this dish, one of the most popular being miso sauce, which is a specialty of the Nagoya area.
Gyudon - Rice with Delicious Toppings
Gyudon is a dish of thinly sliced beef or pork and onions cooked in a salty-sweet sauce and laid on a bowlful of white rice, which may or may not come with a serving of miso soup alongside it. There are many different restaurants that serve this popular fast food, with Yoshinoya and Matsuya being the two most famous. To learn more about these and other chains, take a look at Hungry? A Comparison of Japanese Gyūdon Chains.
Hamburgers and hamburg steaks are another readily available dish in Japan, with many shops offering several variations on the classic burger. Burgers in Japan are almost always accompanied by French fries or even a salad, and are usually stacked high enough with toppings that you might need to cut them in half to eat them. There are burgers for everyone, including vegan-friendly restaurants scattered across Japan too.
When speaking of comfort foods, sweets and desserts immediately come to mind. Anpan, a sweet bun filled with anko, or red bean paste, is a treat that you can find in every bakery, supermarket, department store, convenience store, and even at shops on train platforms. The soft pastry of the bun is a great contrast to the dense sweetness of the anko, and these make for a great snack if you are on the go and need a boost of energy.
Bonus: Spaghetti Napolitan - A Kid Favorite!
Children are notoriously fussy eaters, and trying to get them to eat something that may not look like what they are used to can be challenging, especially when on vacation. To save yourself some stress, spaghetti Napolitan is an easy and delicious menu choice. Made with a ketchup-based sauce, this pasta dish also has well-cooked noodles, onions, green peppers and either bacon or ham in it - which makes it something that children won't usually say no to.
Where Can You Find These Dishes?
After seeing this article, you might find yourself getting hungry! Don't worry, all of these dishes are readily available all across Japan. If you're interested in trying Japanese B-kyu gurume for yourself, then you may consider visiting any of the chain restaurants mentioned in this article, and if you are traveling by rent-a-car or bus in Japan, you could also visit the restaurants found in any service or parking area. If you'd like to learn more about Japanese fast food, take a look at: From MOS Burger To Yoshinoya! Japanese Fast Food too.
Now that you've seen these dishes, take the first opportunity to head out and enjoy them!