Fussy Eater’s Guide to Japanese food

For fussy or picky eaters, foreign travel can be a nightmare of anxiety attack causing proportions. The bewildering array of funny names, funny utensils, and strange looking creatures can be overwhelming, especially if you need to appear composed at an important business dinner or are travelling with fussy young children. Here at Urban Travel Guide, we understand those feelings all too well, but as experienced travellers we’ve come to learn that food around the world is not as different as you might expect so we’ve put together a series of guides to help you navigate your way through the restaurants, street food and supermarkets of the world. We understand that key for fussy eaters is knowing in advance what they are putting in their mouths before they put it, so in our guides you’ll find out exactly what goes into these dishes, and what familiar foods from home they are really just variations of.

This guide is about the food of Japan. Japanese cuisine is quite possibly one of the most creative and flavourful cuisines in the world and Japan has a thriving restaurant and diner culture, with many people choosing never to cook at home as inexpensive but great food is available any time of day. As an island nation, seafood features extensively, which can be an issue for the fussy eater, and truly vegetarian options can be limited, as meat broths and stocks are still used even when Tofu is used instead of meat. Read our guides below to become familiar with and find something you can enjoy no matter how fussy you or your kids are!

  • What is a Melon Pan?
  • What is a Taiyaki?
  • What is Takoyaki?
  • What is a Dorayaki?
  • What is Yakitori?
  • What is Mochi?
  • What is Gyoza?
  • What is Teppenyaki?
  • What is Japanese Curry?
  • What is a Bento box?
  • What is Donbiru?
  • What is a Katsu or Tonkatsu?
  • What is Pickled Ginger?
  • What is Daikon?
  • What is Ramen?
  • What is Yakisoba?
  • What is Udon?
  • What is Teriyaki?
  • What is Tempura?
  • What is Sushi?
  • What is Azuki?
  • What is Sashimi?
  • What is Okonomiyaki?
  • What is Yuzu?
  • Is it safe to eat raw egg sauce?

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