As I am getting mentally ready for our next trip to Japan, I am starting to fantasize about all the food I’ll be eating there. What does one eat in Japan? Sushi, tempura, sure. But these are just the stereotypical choices the whole world knows about. There are many small food items and snacks I am missing when I am out of Japan. Since I have a sweet tooth, things like Dorayaki and Daifuku mochi are coming to mind. And sofuto cream (soft serve ice cream), in particular the typically Japanese flavors of matcha and black sesame! But I will be also totally eating Japanese veggies like edamame, renkon and daikon. I am looking forward to red miso soup, and am even craving some yakisoba. For snacks bought at street stalls, also mitarashi dango is on my list. And nikuman! And a nice cold Asahi Clear beer! Which of course makes me think of senbei, arare and beika (rice cracker based snacks that are often consumed with beer).
Of course a hearty meal of udon or soba, maybe with tempura on the side can’t be missed. And at least once, a bowl of ramen (maybe the closest Japanese equivalent to junk food). Which of course cannot go without some gyouza on the side. On the other hand, some nice Kyoto-style tofu is also a fine thing. Less healthy, but very savoury, the tonkatsu (possibly made of pork fed only on potatoes). Even just Japanese rice with some tsukemono on the side is delicious! And some fluffy dashimaki (think extra-fat omelet).
I think I could go on and on. While many Westerners tend to lose weight with the Japanese diet, I fear with such a long list of foods to eat during a relatively short stay, the opposite will happen to me!