Japan Culinary Adventures – 15 Foods to Try

Japan is a veritable haven for food lovers. Its traditional cuisines are best experienced in the country’s many top rated and under the radar restaurants. Its street foods are equally delightful with a wide array of choices that are guaranteed to please even picky eaters. Here are some of the country’s must-try dishes that should be on your list.

1. Gyoza
::: Japan’s take on the Chinese dumplings, fried and served with a dipping sauce so delicious that you would crave for more

2. Okonomiyaki
::: A pancake like dish made with ingredients that include egg, meat (pork, chicken, or seafood), vegetables, wheat flour, and more; served with sauce and topped with mayonnaise

3. Onigiri
::: Boiled rice lightly seasoned with salt and shaped into balls or triangles then wrapped with dried seaweed, other ingredients include fillings like tuna, salmon, and other flavorings, widely available, delicious and filling

4. Omelette rice
Omelette rice
::: Fried rice (chicken, ketchup, onions) wrapped and rolled in an omelette, served with a topping of ketchup or special sauce

5. Ramen
::: A dish made with noodles and a wide variety of options for ingredients; beef, pork, or seafood can be used as main ingredients

6. Sashimi
::: Fresh, raw fish; served with soy sauce and wasabi

7. Soba
::: Buckwheat noodles served with a dipping sauce, eaten as is or with a serving of tempura and fried vegetables

8. Sukiyaki
::: A stew dish cooked in an iron pot using ingredients that include meat (beef), vegetables, and more; served with a special sauce known as warishita, some people eat it by dipping the meat in raw egg

9. Sushi
::: A dish made with vinegar rice and raw fish or other seafood, other ingredients like egg may also be used

10. Takoyaki
::: Made with batter that include wheat flour, stock, and flavorings; deep fried with fillings that include octopus or squid, dried shrimp, and cabbage; served with a sprinkling of sauce and dried seafood flakes

11. Tamagoyaki
::: Rolled omelette cut into small pieces

12. Tonkatsu
::: Pork dipped in batter with a coating of breadcrumbs, deep fried

13. Udon
::: Wheat noodles and served with a special sauce

14. Unagi
::: Eel with a special sauce coating then cooked over a grill, often served on top of rice

15. Yakiniku
::: Meat (often Japanese beef) grilled right on your table

Basic Rules for Healthier Eating When Traveling

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The culinary experience is one of the best things about traveling. And with so many local dishes to try, sticking to a healthy diet may seem like a daunting task. Thankfully, there are ways to indulge in the scrumptious treats you find in your travels that should not necessarily lead to future weight problems. Whether you are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, here are some of the food choice that will help you achieve your goal.

Don’t forget your fruits and vegetables. Fresh produce are healthier. They generally have lower calorie content and are loaded with nutrients needed for the body to function properly. Fruits have natural sugars, which make them better options when satisfying a sweet tooth. Like vegetables, they are mostly rich in fiber so you feel fuller longer. Both are also known to promote overall good health and wellbeing.

Get your share of fiber every day. Oats, wheat, brown rice, and legumes like peas and beans are excellent sources of fiber. Foods rich in fiber are filling. They minimize pangs of hunger in between meals, which is one leading cause of weight problems. Starting the day with a fiber rich meal fuels you longer and provides sufficient energy for the day.

Eat fish or poultry-based dishes. Fish is a great alternative to meats with higher fat content. They are an excellent source of protein less the fats that increase the risk of diabetic complications. They are also good sources of omega-3 fatty acids otherwise known as “good cholesterol”. Poultry, especially the breast and other lean parts, are likewise healthier substitutes.

Choose the more nutritious snack options. There’s a long list of healthier snack options to choose from. Fruits, nuts, and yoghurt are just some of the delicious treats you can indulge on. Nuts contain antioxidants that protect cells. They also have good fats that help fight heart disease. Yoghurt is rich in calcium and protein, both of which are essential to weight management.

Eating healthy is not as difficult to adopt even when you travel frequently. You just have to be mindful of the choices you make. There’s no dearth of nutrient-rich foods if you spend enough time thinking through your options. There are even many travel destinations that are known for their healthy cuisines. Plant-based foods abound as well as healthier meat options. The important thing is to stick to a diet filled with foods that are brimming with nutrients that are good for you.