In order to make the most out of your experience in Tokyo, it’s a must to take a dip into the rich food culture of the city. Make your vacation unforgettable by trying some of its most delicious and unique ready made snacks. Here, we take you to the best food choices and mouth watering street foods in Tokyo, Japan.
Matcha Gelato Soft Serve
Matcha is a staple and traditional flavour in every Japanese dessert menu. The most popular flavoured gelato is found in the Suzukien Asakusa with over 150 years of experience and offers the most intense flavoured matcha gelato in the world.
Tender, grilled and chopped squid rings to skewered whole pieces, Ikayaki is a favorite Japanese street food variety accompanied by rich teriyaki sauce or a traditional Japanese marinade made of rice wine, miso paste, ginger and soy sauce. it is more commonly sold by street vendors who prepare and offer this delicacy on the markets, around Japanese shrines, and during the local festivals.
Another popular Japanese dish, tempura is a crunchy deep-fried vegetables and seafood. The ingredients primarily consist of shrimp, squid, green bell pepper, eggplant, sweet potatoes, carrots and mushrooms to name a few. Tempura is best served hot with salt or tempura dipping sauce and is often garnished with grated daikon radish.
Oden (Japanese Fish Cake)
Oden is everyone’s favorite winter dish. It is a warm and savory dish loved by both local and tourists during the winter season. It is a comfort food with a wide variety of stewed ingredients such as fish cakes, tofu, meat and vegetables. Oden is custom-ordered so you get to choose exactly what you want. Prepare to be incredibly warm and incredibly satisfied!
This is the Japanese version of barbecue made from bite sized pieces of meat from chicken, such as breasts, thighs, skin, liver and other parts.
Kakigori is a refreshing dessert made of shaved ice, syrup, condensed milk and other appetizing toppings such as vanilla ice cream and red beans. This sweet treat is popular during summers as a way to beat the heat and feel reinvigorated.
Okonomiyaki has an English translation of “As-you-like-it Pancake. However, this is contrary to the actual meaning. Though it does consist of batter cooked on a griddle, okonomiyaki has nothing of the sweetness or fluffiness of pancakes, not to mention that it is usually filled with octopus, shrimp, pork, yam or kimchi.
If you’re craving for some Japanese noodles, yakisoba is the best food to eat. It is a stir fried noodles served with a special sauce similar to Tonkatsu or Okonomiyaki sauce. It is usually served with slices of vegetables like cabbage and bean sprouts topped with generous servings of pork. It is a very popular snack in Japan and is mostly found in restaurants, supermarkets and special bazaars during festivals
Takoyaki is a savory snack that fits the description of once you pop, you can’t stop. Just a warning, this street food favorite can be so addictive. With its ball shaped appearance filled with bits of grilled octopus usually served with mayo sauce, nori and green onions. It’s an affordable and satisfying snack cooked right before your eyes by the street food vendors of Tokyo.
Are you a certified meat and vegetable lover? Gyoza should be on your must-try street food list. This very popular dish in Japan is usually served with distinct spices like ginger, garlic, chili and green onions. They were always made to perfection and so delicious.