December 29, 2014

5 Delicious Japanese Streetfoods You Need To Try

By Stuart Turner

Japanese street food is called Yatai, it's a special type of cuisine which is cooked quick and fresh in a small market stall. You will likely experience Yatai street food if you visit Japan during a festival, as the vendors often travel around the country following the festival circuit. 

Here are 5 types of popular street foods everyone will love!


Yaki Imo

Yaki Imo have been around for a long time, and have become an element of Japanese nostalgia. They are basically a simple dish comprising of sweet potatoes which have been baked over a fire. The skin becomes slightly blackened and caramelised, and the centre is fluffy and sweet. 


Okonomiyaki are savory pancakes cooked over a grill, giving them a crisp outside. They are made from a special starchy flour, cabbage, bacon, eggs and various optional fillings like shrimp or sausage. You can then optionally top them with okonomiyaki sauce and kewpie mayonnaise.


Oden is a stew-like dish where various meats, veggies and fish are cooked in a light broth - it's much lighter than our British stews, with a more aromatic and delicate flavour. The dish is cooked for a long time, and is especially enjoyed in winter.


Tomorokoshi begins with sweet corn on the cobs, which are then grilled in a marinade of miso, butter and soy sauce. It's delicious and highly moreish. 


Crepes are a popular food all year round in Japan, but vendors still pop up market-style during events. Crepes come with a huge variety of fillings, from savory tuna to ice cream and strawberries. Young people are particullarly attracted to them!

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