5 Best Street Food In Japan, Must Try !

5 Best Street Food In Japan, Must Try !

Not only Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia or other Southeast Asian countries that have a culture of street food. Japan also has a variety of snacks that are guaranteed to make your stomach (and eyes) hungry, especially in the Fukuoka area. This city, located in the northern part of Kyushu Island, has even been recorded as one of the best places for street food in Asia by CNN Travel! For those of you who will be visiting Japan in the near future, please note the variety of dishes that you should taste in the nearest yatai (food cart). Itadakimasu!

Yakitori

This typical archipelago-like sate snack does not use peanut sauce, but salt to give it a salty taste, or tare – a kind of sweet sauce, soy sauce and sugar – for those who like sweetness. The word yakitori is only used to refer to satay made from chicken meat, or chicken innards. Satay made from other ingredients, such as beef, pork, or vegetables, is called kushiyaki.
Okonomiyaki Renjiro Sushi

Okonomiyaki

This Japanese savory pancake comes from the word “okonomi” which means “whatever you like” and “yaki”, “roast or cook”. In some restaurants in Japan, you can make your own okonomiyaki using teppan (special hotplate) with fresh ingredients prepared. There is also a restaurant where you can watch the action of the chefs preparing your order okonomiyaki. Okonomoyaki is usually given toppings such as katsuobushi (dried fish meat), Japanese special mayonnaise sauce and okonomiyaki, aonori (dried seaweed) sauce, and beni shoga (pickled ginger).

Dango

If you are a big fan of the animated film by Hayao Miyazaki, you will be familiar with the following colorful confectionery. Made from a mixture of sticky rice flour and water which is then boiled until cooked, dango resembles round pansite with various flavors, such as savory (mitarashi dango), or sweet (hanami dango). Often served in number 3 or four with a skewer.
Taiyaki Renjiro Sushi

Taiyaki

Even though it has a fish-like shape, taiyaki is a sweet dessert that is usually filled with red bean paste from azuki beans. As a substitute for red beans, other types of filling are also often used, such as custard, chocolate sauce, or Nutella. For the savory version, you can try a combination of contents from yams, cheese, sausages or vegetables. The unique shape is obtained from iron molds and flour from flour, baking soda powder, salt, and sugar.
Senbei Renjiro Sushi

Senbei

We might only recognize instant type senbei sold in various minimarkets, but rice crackers made directly in fact are very easy to find on the streets of Japan, especially when the street food festival takes place. How to cook senbei is baked over charcoal to char appear and give a distinctive smoky aroma. Most senbei have a savory taste from salt and soy sauce, but don’t miss the sweet variants too.

Senbei – Japanese Traditional Rice Crackers

Senbei - Japanese Traditional Rice Crackers

Usually senbei is closely related to Soka City in Saitama, Tokyo, which is the birthplace of thick crackers. Actually the reason I raised this theme was not far from the previous sentence. At Expo Milano in 2015, Senbei Soka managed to get great attention when it was exhibited as one of the main foods in Japan.

Therefore, senbei is increasingly popularized and even marketed abroad. Maybe this is one of Japan’s strategies to “feed” those who can strengthen their economy, hehe. Okay, when Senbei Soka skyrocketed, of course it was accompanied by a more attractive business. The proof is “Soka Senbei Garden”, a workshop that carries senbei as the main theme which is certainly run by senbei businessmen in the city called “Yamako Senbei”. Since Soka City is the place of “origin” of the crackers, the proponents offered this place as the best place for visitors to make our own senbei style and enjoy it together.

With just 324 yen, visitors can try making their own senbei without having to order in advance. Later visitors will be guided to cook senbei on a grill (one appliance per person) in a special outdoor area. Reporting from the Japan Channel, Soka Senbei Garden recently wanted to develop another taste suitable for senbei and then released to the market. Usually senbei has a slightly salty taste because it is given salt (the taste of lettuce), the taste of miso, the taste of soy sauce, the taste of sesame, the taste of seaweed, and some are sweet.

Because they want to make innovations, the initiators of the Senbei Theme Park are asking visitors, especially students from abroad to give their opinions on their “new taste” version of Senbei that might be suitable on Japanese tongues. At that time there were students from Indonesia offering shrimp paste chili paste for a new flavor, but the guide said if the taste would not sell if sold in the land of the rising sun, why is that, hihi.

Besides Senbei Soka, Hokkaido Senbei also “fights” on foreign markets. A Senbei store located in Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture, seeks to penetrate the world market by marketing “Samurai Senbei” products, with a variety of flavors and shapes. Senbei made from Hokkaido rice has 3 types of senbei namely “Yumepirica”; hard baked senbei, thin “Fukkurinko”, and crunchy “Oborozuki”. Samurai Senbei rice biscuits have been introduced abroad which have been carried out by participating in culinary festivals in a number of countries such as Malaysia and Hong Kong, and the plan for the end of 2015 will be Samurai Senbei sales in Chicago and New York, United States.

Bee Senbei – Unique Japanese Rice Crackers

Bee Senbei - Unique Japanese Rice Crackers

If honey bees or common wasps are taken for harvesting their honey, in Japan there is currently a popular wasp or honeybee crackers.

Is senbei, a famous light snack from Japan, issued a new innovation on their products. The snack made from rice, now also adds whole bees as filling. The form of the bee is very complete, along with its legs and wings.

Eating bees in a number of regions in Japan is normal. The most commonly consumed bees bees are vespula flaviceps or kurosuzume bachi, which are cultivated in certain regions of Japan. Bees are deliberately cultivated as human consumption. Usually eaten with rice.

That apparently inspired the senbei manufacturer to make a new variant of their product. Rice crackers are filled with roasted wasps.

As reported by Rocketsnews24, Sunday (01/02/2015), this snack has a sweet and slightly savory taste of rice. The taste of wasps hasn’t really felt if you haven’t bit the wasp intact.

The wasp texture is very raisin-like, tender. But it doesn’t taste. It tastes a little sour and tends to be bitter, like a burning sensation.

So if you ever find your favorite crackers with a wasp on the supermarket shelf, don’t be surprised. There’s nothing wrong with trying because this snack is popular in the Rising Sun Country.