In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Japan
If you ever find yourself in Japan looking for local food, but all you have heard about are sushi and ramen, make sure to try these three foods.
To put it simply, natto is fermented soybeans. It looks unappetizing and smells even more so, but Japanese people swear by it. It is full of protein and usually served with rice. This sticky and smelly dish is extremely popular in Japan and very healthy, too. Also, it is one of the most-Japanese dishes out there, so you should definitely give it a try!
Tempura is the name of a very popular Japanese dish, and it can be found in almost any restaurant in the country. So what is it, actually? Pieces of sea food or vegetables covered in batter and deep fried. Delicious! It can be served as a side dish, main dish, or as a topping for some other traditional dishes such as udon and soba.
If you order Okonomiyaki and get pizza, do not complain. It is not a pizza, it just looks like one. Okonomiyaki is actually a savory pancake covered with all kinds of toppings. The toppings and the size of this dish vary greatly from region to region. Also, as the toppings vary, so do their names: if you want an okonomiyaki with fried noodles on top, you should order modan-yaki. Negiyaki is a thinner version of okonomiyaki topped with scallions.