Popular “Western” Dishes with a Japanese Twist

  • FOOD
  • We all know that Japanese food is delicious. Sushi is popular worldwide, and you may know about some of the more famous traditional delicacies, such as miso soup, tempura, and soba noodles. But perhaps you may be less familiar with some of the popular Japanese dishes that have a Western influence. Western-Japanese dishes, or “yoshoku,” were created in an effort to accommodate Western culture and tastes that started coming into Japan after the late Edo period. Here are some of the most popular yoshoku dishes that are enjoyed in Japan.

    1. Omurice

    Omurice is a very popular yoshoku dish in Japan. The dish is basically an omelette with fried rice, usually seasoned with ketchup. One bite, and you are hooked for life.

    2. Curry Rice

    Another hugely popular dish in Japan. Japanese curry is very different from Indian curry; it is milder in flavor and thicker. People usually add potatoes, carrots, and meat such as chicken, beef, or pork. In Japan, curry is also eaten with udon noodles instead of rice (curry-udon), or the curry is stuffed in fried bread (curry bread).

    3. Korokke

    This dish was inspired by the French croquette. Korokke is made by mixing chopped meat
    or vegetables with mashed potato or white sauce, and then deep-frying it after rolling it in eggs, flour, and breadcrumbs.

    4. Doria

    Doria is basically French gratin with a rice base. Usually, white sauce, and sometimes meat, seafood, and cheese, is covered over pilaf (a rice dish which originated in Turkey), and is cooked in an oven.

    5. Hayashi Rice

    Although it may look like curry rice, it is a completely different dish. Also known as “hashed beef rice,” hayashi rice is demi-glace sauce (often containing red wine and tomato sauce), usually with beef, onions, and mushrooms, served with rice. The sauce is sometimes topped with some cream. Delicious!

    These are only a few of the many must-try yoshoku dishes in Japan, but if you ever have the opportunity to visit Japan, you now know where to start. You’re welcome.