- Ramen: a Japanese noodle soup dish, often served with pork slices, soy eggs, bamboo shoots and/or fish cakes.
- Ochonomiyaki: a japanese savoury pancake, made with udon noodles, cabbage, egg and a variety of other ingredients. Topped with “Delicious Sauce” (as Scottish Grant dubbed it) The best place to try them is Nagatay in Hiroshima, approximately 20m from the bomb detonation site.
- Aruba Soba: Thick noodles in a specially made sauce and spicy savoury oil, along with a blend of black shichimi (a blend of seven spices). We went to Nekomata, a small restaurant in Kyoto. This was actually the only place in Japan we found Aruba Soba in our travels.
- Shabu Shabu: Thinly sliced beef/pork/other, accompanied by various other side dishes (bamboo shoots, bok choy, onion, etc) which you boil in a broth on your very own hot plate, dip in soy sauce, then eat. It’s slightly on the expensive side (approx AU$30pp) but absolutely amazing.
- Y270 or Y280 Restaurant: This isn’t exactly a food, but they are the best place for cheap food and drinks!! They’re often found on upper floors of multi-level buildings, so don’t forget to look up and keep your eyes peeled for that Yellow and red sign!