Japanese Street Food All Food Lovers Must Try

| 24 Apr 2019

From the most ‘grammable spots to the most spectacular sakura spots, you are already spoilt for choices in Japan. Here are our top 8 picks of the all-time favourite Japanese street food that are bound to satisfy all of your cravings! 

1. Takoyaki

Originating from Osaka, takoyaki (also known as octopus balls) are fried balls of batter mixed with bits of grilled octopus. The Japanese most commonly serve them with savoury brown sauce, mayo, dried seaweed and dried fish flakes.

Takoyaki is available almost everywhere in Japan. If you’re looking for authenticity, we’d recommend paying a visit to Aizuya in the Umeda district of Osaka where the takoyaki was originally born.

2. Kakigori

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The history of Kakigori goes a long way back. Kakigori is a traditional Japanese dessert and part and parcel of the regular, everyday Japanese’s life. Just imagine your everyday ‘ice-kacang’ – but Japanese style!

The influence is widespread as many countries started creating their own renditions of the Kakigori. It even became one of the hottest desserts in America. Unsurprisingly, like a natural crowdpleaser, the Kakigori dons on different sauces and toppings.

Of course, you have to be there to try the authentic Kakigori for yourself. If you like the video, we highly recommend you to visit the featured restaurants for first dibs.

3. Yakisoba

Yakisoba is a dish of stir-fried soba or wheat noodles with chunks of meat (commonly pork), diced vegetables such as onions, cabbages, carrots and beansprouts. Mostly, yakisoba sauce or oyster sauce are enjoyed as the base ingredient. Many in and out of Japan love to enjoy the yakisoba as a main course or a side dish.

As if it isn’t mouth-watering enough already, savour yet another way of enjoying your yakisoba with bread: coined as yakisoba pan!

4. Amezaiku Candy Art

What a time to be alive! You probably cannot bear to eat this because it’s such a beautiful art piece. Amezaiku is a Japanese candy craft artistry many locals and tourists adore. An artist employs tools like tweezers to create a sculpture out of a simple piece of bland-looking, transparent candy.

In Japan, people have been making these candies for 1,200 years. The artists usually take about 5 minutes to craft out the structure by using melted sugar syrup, moulded into a variety of shapes. Watching the creation of these edible art pieces is so eye-opening that you just have to go to Japan and see it for yourself.

5. Yakitori

Yakitori is charcoal-grilled chicken skewers serving all parts of a chicken, including its liver, neck and tail meat. Some yakitori also features a variety of other meats like pork and beef and even seafood.

Along the popular narrow alleys of Omoide Yokocho in Shinjuku, Tokyo boasts to house the best yakitori in Japan. Furthermore, the other local delights in traditional, hole-in-the-wall stalls will bring you on a trip down memory lane to post-war (Showa-era) Japan. Fun fact: the rough translation for Omoide Yokocho is “Memory Lane”.

6. Wataame Cotton Candy

The best part of all amusement parks and carnivals are probably the cotton candy stalls. We all grew up excited about cotton candies. Walk down your childhood memory lane in Japan, and be ready to get awestruck by the Japan-only Wataame cotton candy art.

The unicorn candy floss is massive and the candy floss-making process itself is spectacular. Each layer has a different flavour to cater to all taste palates. So instagrammable that our very own Daryl Aiden Yeo also paid Harajuku’s Totti Candy Factory a visit. 

7. Imagawayaki

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These sweet Japanese delights make perfect snacks in between meals or while taking a sightseeing stroll through the hustle and bustle of Japan.

The Japanese create the cylindrical-shaped Imagawayaki with just eggs, flour, sugar, water and red bean paste. If you’re not a fan of the azuki (red bean), there are many other fillings for this sinful indulgence, such as chocolate and custard.

Do not confuse Imagawayaki with Dorayaki or Taiyaki! While they use similar ingredients and fillings, each has a different appeal and texture unique on its own. You can find all three snacks almost anywhere in Japan, from food carts to convenience stores.

8. Crepes

While its origin is in France, it’s impossible to imagine how many crepe shops you will see in the bustling alleys of the Japanese street markets. The Japanese crepes cater perfectly to those with a sweet tooth! The Japanese serve their crepes with generous dollops of ice cream, smeared across with whipped cream and flavoured fruits on a thin, buttery and warm pancake.

Be it choco-banana or strawberry-cream cheese, we guarantee that the Japanese crepes are oishii.

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