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27 thoughts on “A Culinary Journey to Japan: Comfort Food”

  1. Thank you for sharing this, I didn’t know that there are Japanese “Wiener Schnitzel”! 😀
    It all looks very tasty.

    1. They are irresistible! 🙂 I must admit that I like the Japanese version of the Wiener Schnitzel more than the original one. The one in Europe is too large (at least for me), and it is sometimes over-dried.

      1. Yes, you’re right, the Wiener Schnitzel are often too big. I could imagine that the Japanese version tastes better.

  2. What a great blog post, Len! I love the idea that you want to do several parts to let your readers know more about authentic Japanese cuisine. I was only 13 when I visited Japan, so I have fond but hazy memories of Japan. One of the things I do remember was that there was ramen everywhere! It looked so simple, unlike our Nepali counterpart of noodles soup which is loaded with veggies and sometimes meat/egg, yet appetizing. And thank you so much for writing about Takoyaki! We were in Osaka and taken to a local restaurant and I remember those! I never realized those were takoyakis, but after reading your description it’s confirmed. I don’t think I have seen those here in local Japanese restaurants. Looking forward to part 2!

    1. Thanks a lot for your compliment, Pooja! 🙂
      It’s difficult to find takoyaki in Germany as well. It only appears on some rare occasions, such as the Spring Festival. I think the chefs in Europe don’t have the ingredients like fish-broth or fresh octopus. Or perhaps the Europeans don’t like it as much as sushi, so the Japanese don’t bring it to Europe 😛

  3. I’m glad I had a breakfast before reading this! I love Japanese curry, and in fact it is my favorite curry; in Indonesia the flavors of the curry even inspired the country’s largest noodle company to launch a curry-flavored instant noodle product decades ago which is still loved by many Indonesians up to this day. Looking forward to Part 2!

    1. Thank you, Bama! I hope I can finish part 2 this year, need to gather some material first 🙂 Curry-flavoured instant noodle? That’s is something new to me! Do they add the curry directly on the noodle, or there is an extra package of curry powder?

      1. The noodles come with three separate small packages of powdered condiment, chili powder, and oil-based curry sauce.

  4. We have some great Japanese restaurants here in Australia. It is one of my favorite cuisines. But I distinctly remember having soba noodles at a soba restaurant in Tokyo, which were just amazing. Great post of delicious Japanese specialties Len, now I’m in the mood for Yakitori!! 😉

    1. It was so delicious! Even now I can still remember how it tastes like 🙂 Luckily, we have some decent Japanese restaurants here in Saigon.

  5. This is simply a mouth-watering post, Len – I can almost taste the tonkatsu and takoyaki just by looking at your photos! Having grown up with pork as something of a culinary staple, I do miss it and crave it sometimes here in Jakarta (when I went to central Vietnam last April I binged and ate pork in almost every meal). It isn’t served in most places for religious reasons, but thankfully there’s a mall just across the road from my office with lots of decent Japanese restaurants that have it on the menu. And one of those places offers what may well be the best ramen in town. The rich flavor in the broth from the pork marrow bones and fat is just incredible!

    1. It sounds really great! It’s also interesting to know that you can have pork in Indonesia (limited though). In UAE, pork import is even prohibited. There might be some pork sausages in a buffet at a Western hotel, but they were put in a place that most people cannot see 🙂

  6. I love Japanese cuisine and ramen is my favourite dish, Len! This was an excellent guide for anyone who isn’t familiar with Japanise dishes. Your pictures made my mouth water!

  7. Thanks for this great introduction Len! Recently I am going to learn how to make Japanese food – this is great article for me to start ! ☺️

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