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Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/3/16 17:31
Yes, Japanese foods are always so much better to get in Japan, but let me explain :)

There are plenty of Japanese restaurants overseas, either a branch from renowned chain, or private restaurant owned and run by Japanese chef, offering good quality close to the what can be found in Japan. There were only limited time during travelling to try most of the food, so have to choose which one worth trying.

For once, I thought Coco Ichiban, the curry chain, will have the same flavor worldwide, but a friend said it's totally better in Japan. I will also give tendon and katsu a miss. But I find udon, soba, tofu, and tuna dishes in Japan are far more outstanding. All my life I've never been a fan of tuna, but a simple meal at Kii-Katsuura totally changed everything. The freshness and variety of cut do matter. There are restaurants serving airflown Tuna from Japan, taste great but super expensive.

So, what's yours? What food you will definitely get in Japan although you can find it in your home country?
by Moccy  

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/3/17 16:27
Ramen. I live in Los Angeles, so I actually have tons of ramen options at home, but the level of dedication in Japan is just so much higher. I've only found one place in LA that I consider "Japan-quality" (surprise surprise, it's a place that has a few locations in Japan).
by Gregalor rate this post as useful

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/3/17 16:49
tonkatsu is always better in Japan. Strawberry shortcake, cream puffs, pretty much all french food is better in Japan because it isnt as creamy or garlicky. Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu seem to be better there too, because of the local product. Japanese pizzas are much nicer than Australian ones, as well. I think the Japanese influence suits my palate so ultimately pretty much everything tastes better to me there, whether it is Japanese food, french, indian, or italian. Even the chinese food is great there though it is awesome in Hong Kong too. Korean food tastes better in Korea, though - or at least there is more of a range of it.
by Lazy Pious (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/3/18 14:30
I use translation software.Sorry if you do not understand the sentences

If you come to Japan, there are things you want to eat by all means.
Is "dasimakitamago".
Roughly in "izakaya."
I'd like you to think that "izakaya" is like the generic name of Japanese bar.
by takaaki (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/3/18 15:03
Strawberry shortcake, cream puffs, pretty much all french food

Nothing French about those, despite what Japanese marketing would have you believe.
by Firas rate this post as useful

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/3/18 15:56
I guess many Japanese would say that Japanese rice is better than other rice
by LikeBike (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/3/18 16:31
Sushi.
Traditional Japanese Sushi doesn't contain salmon.
by guest (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/3/18 21:26
Kaiseki-Japanese style dinner in Kyoto, preferably in Kyoto style residence. I always recommend Manshige at Nishijin. For lunch, it will about 5000 yen, while for dinner it will be around 10000 yen. I believe you can not find this quality meal outside of Japan (and maybe outside of Kyoto).

http://www.kyoryori-manshige.co.jp/en/

You may be able to find nice Sushi outside of Japan, but in Japan you can eat nice Sushi at very affordable price in Kaiten-zushi or even in supermarkets.
by frog1954 rate this post as useful

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/3/18 23:08
I'd have to respectfully disagree on Strawberry Shortcake. I personally am not a fan of chiffon cake, and I much prefer eating my own version of strawberry shortcake with poundcake and more strawberries and less whipped cream.

And while I definitely appreciate the Japanese version of French pastries... I think they're just as good in France and I've had good ones in the USA, it just depends on where you purchase them. I guess I would say that the "cheap" "low end" versions of things in Japan are still much higher quality than the "low version" and "cheap" version of things in the US or many other places. But if you're comparing high end to high end, you can find things of equal quality.

While I've not compared other than Japan and the USA I do prefer Japanese Starbucks. I find the US versions of drinks are default sweeter. You can special request fewer pumps and get something more reasonable in the US but it's a special request and I find the default Japanese version is better than the default US version. The Japanese also make better KitKats. They taste like sugar here while in Japan they have actual flavors. We water down our chocolate with too much corn syrup in mass market candy bars now.

I like that Japanese restaurants give smaller portions. I find places in the US just give you too much.

The Japanese do soft-serve ice cream right. I have yet to have good hand scooped in Japan, but their soft serve is delicious and much better than anything in the US.
by rkold rate this post as useful

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/3/19 09:10
Sorry Firas - when I was talking about french food, I was talking about mains not desserts. I find that they dont have as much cream or garlic in them in Japan, so they are more gentle on my stomach.
by Lazy Pious (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/3/19 12:18
I guess many Japanese would say that Japanese rice is better than other rice

I am not a Japanese but I do agree that Japanese rice taste really good I can eat it by itself or by minimum condiments. Some of my friends even bought Japanese rice cooker and splurge on Japanese rice back home to recreate the flavor. Nevertheless, Japanese rice only work well with Japanese cuisine. I tried it with the typical South East Asian spiced cuisine and it somehow clashed.

The Japanese also make better KitKats. They taste like sugar here while in Japan they have actual flavors.

Ah yes, flavored sweets are much better in Japan, or rather for Japanese products. Even ice-cream brands such as Haagen-Dazs has better variety and great flavors. The softserve, in terms of texture, could be hit and miss, especially those which provide wide selection of flavors. One thing for sure, sesame and matcha softserve are always better in Japan.

I beg to differ for sushi. Maybe because I have yet to find good sushi restaurant. I've been to 2 sushi restaurants at Tsukiji market (not the famous ones). One was the kaisendon and another one was a sushi set. Both were below my expectation. Tsukiji was quite pleasing the first time I visited Japan, but after being around to other regions of Japan, the food at Tsukiji outer market is not outstanding anymore.

@takaaki
If you come to Japan, there are things you want to eat by all means.
Is "dasimakitamago".


I love dashimaki tamago! I know there are few very famous shops at Tsukiji market with long queue, but the best I've ever had was at the Aomori Gyosai Center, cooked by an elder lady for only 100 yen. So satisfying.
by Moccy rate this post as useful

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/3/19 23:27
I'd definitely agree re. higher-end tonkatsu (or even the regular tonkatsu from specialist katsu shops). The high-end pork in Japan is more succulent, and they are comfortable with cooking it a little on the pink side. This is not the case in my home country.

Re French/Italian, etc food, I would say that Japanese versions of these foods aren't really French or Italian. In the same way that hambaga isn't the same as an authentic western hamburger. It's a Japanese take on it, modified for Japanese tastes.

It's like if you have an Indian meal in France. It may be very nice, but it's nothing like the same meal in India...
by Winter Visitor rate this post as useful

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/3/20 01:34
I don't know I think it would depend...

If you went to an Indian place in France that was mostly full of Indian ex-pats who travel back to India each year, I would imagine the Indian is more authentic. Restaurants cook for their expected clientele.

Yeah, my last trip I noticed places selling more flavors of soft serve and some had a more grainy texture and were just not as good. I just remember getting mikan, lemon and blueberry soft serve at various times in Japan that were creamy and delicious and tasted like what they were supposed to. At least in the US it is very hard to find citrus flavored ice creams. Usually they are sherbets or sorbets. The Mitsuwas here carry black sesame and green tea flavored soft serve which tastes like Japan, but I can't find anything like the mikan or the blueberry soft serve I got.

I don't really like Haagen Daz in Japan or in the US. I only eat it in Japan because combini have limited choices and in the Summer I want ice cream. I get my ice cream here from a farm with cows.

It's not that I want green tea KitKats... but Japan has just so many varieties and offerings. Bitter Almond and Dark Chocolate Raspberry and Pomegranate were amazing and I wish they had something similar here in the US.
by rkold rate this post as useful

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/3/21 10:58
It makes sense that Japanese food in Japan is far better then anywhere else. They have invented it, know how to make it, have access to the correct ingredients, and are able to use *fresh* ingredient most of all.

For example, here in NL store-bought sushi is awful. Horrendous. Truly disgusting. Fish pieces are tiny, dry, lacking flavour, and just aren't as good cuts as they could've been. Sushi from a Japanese konbini is FAR better. Even restaurant sushi is not particularly good. Usually it's all premade the afternoone before, which is a big no-no if you want quality. Or they get it premade via wholesale, which is even worse. If nothing else, it won't be made by sushi chefs. The only way to get good sushi outside Japan, is to go all the way and splurge. Which I refuse to do out of principle, and because I'm Dutch :)

Other Japanese foods available here, are things like yakitori and tandoori. They taste Japanese-ish, meaning sweet and slightly spiced, but they are a million times better locally.

Another factor that comes in, is the experience. You're on your holiday, in a beautiful country, and you order your favourite dish from a Japanese cute waitress or a handsome waiter. Of course it'll taste good! Or you're walking around in the sun, on the streets and get some dodgy-looking thing from a street vendor. Of course it'll be delicious. Tasting food involves all the 23 senses, not just the tongue :)

The only thing that tastes pretty much the same, as far as I can think of, is crab. Simply because all it involves is cooking the animal, and because it can't not be fresh without being poisonous (unless it's premade again, ugh).
by thany rate this post as useful

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/3/21 23:02
In Japan you will Found Thousands of restaurant,if Not Millions.But One of My Favorite restaurant is:
Kyusaikou=九寨溝 銀座店 〒104-0061東京都中央区銀座7丁目3 銀座ニューギンザビル1号館 202=388 meters from Uchisaiwaicho station Located in 7-3-13 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
Food cost=1000円 For All you can Eat.
by ria (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/3/31 19:17

I bet, a difference comment once you try this " buri no shushi"ぶりのすし(富山県). 1800円 bento is not cheap, boy! The smell alone would keep your hunger away. I could be unlucky getting one on hot summer day.
by . (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/4/1 17:32
EGGS!
Chicken eggs can be eaten anywhere in the world, but not raw (or half cooked). I just returned from Japan yesterday and I already miss Japanese eggs. I am too scared to eat them raw in my home country and everywhere else in the world, except in Japan.
by tamagocchi (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/4/1 21:18

Chicken eggs can be eaten anywhere in the world, but not raw
Which country are you from?
Raw eggs are eaten raw every day for donkey years in many parts of Aisa.

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Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/4/13 11:01
I beg to differ for sushi. Maybe because I have yet to find good sushi restaurant. I've been to 2 sushi restaurants at Tsukiji market (not the famous ones). One was the kaisendon and another one was a sushi set. Both were below my expectation. Tsukiji was quite pleasing the first time I visited Japan, but after being around to other regions of Japan, the food at Tsukiji outer market is not outstanding anymore.
by Moccy


Tokyo seafood is not so special that is why. The west coast of Japan has much better seafood, like the Sea of Japan, Toyama has one of the best seafood like sushi and sashimi in my experience on the main island of Honshu. Another place with excellent seafood is Hokkaido, so I recommend either Toyama or Hokkaido for really good sushi and raw seafood like sashimi.
by Marie (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Foods which are so much better in Japan 2018/4/13 12:17
Miyajima seafood is good too, I think. I was told that it is best where the water is cold and the water is cold around Miyajima. I dont know whether or not that is true, but it is very good there. Personally I think the fresher the better. I dont like to sea the fish being killed and filletted, but it is spectacularly good when it has been done just before you get it.

The seafood at Karatsu in Kyushu is amazingly good. I had rock cod sashimi and the squid sashimi where the frames were still twitching on the plate. I was like Homer eating Pinchy the lobster.
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