A Journey through Japan’s regional culinary gates: Exploring Famous Japanese cuisines

Japan’s unique aesthetic culture and tradition that is proficiently reflected in its appetizing exquisite culinary styles and food cuisines. 

Its rich food culture is deeply influenced by the country’s geography, history and regional diversity. Each region in Japan has its extraordinary culinary specialities, depending on ingredients available locally and customary cooking techniques passed down through generations. 

Let us explore some of the famous Japanese dishes in the light of their respective regions.

1. HOKKAIDO

Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, is known for its divine natural beauty and abundant seafood. Its rich fertile soil and cold climate work exceptionally well on its pristine ingredients. So, what Japanese Cuisines came from Hokkaido?

Ishikari Nabe

This appetizing salmon hotpot is a must-try dish in Hokkaido which consists of fresh salmon, vegetables, tofu and Konnyaku all cooked together in a miso-based broth to prepare this heartily tasty dish.

Genghis Khan/ Lamb Rump.

A flavourful dish named after the famous Mongolian leader, this dish features grilled lamb cooked on a special dome-shaped grill and is served with assorted vegetables such as kabocha and cabbage.

Uni (Sea Urchin)

Hokkaido is also famous for its high-quality uni, the edible part of the sea urchin which has a creamy custard-like texture and a rich briny flavour. It’s best enjoyed as sashimi, sushi, or in a rice bowl.

sea urchin- japanease cuisine

2. TOHOKU

Tohoku, a northern Japanese region located in Honshu, is well known for its picturesque landscapes and traditional rural culture.

Gyutan

A specialty of Sendai that consists of grilled beef tongue seasoned with tare sauce and salt. This Japanese cuisine is served with oxtail soup and barley rice.

Ika Meshi

A delicacy of stuffed squid that is filled with glutinous rice and is cooked in a tasty sweet soy sauce-based broth.

Wanko Soba

Soba is a famous Japanese dish with noodles made primarily from buckwheat flour and wheat flour mixed. These noodles are either served chilled along with dipping sauce or hot in a noodle soup.

3. KANSAI

Cities such as Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe that cover the Kansai region are especially known as the ‘kitchen of Japan’ because of their extraordinary culinary contributions to modern-day Japanese cuisine. Some of the famous Japanese dishes include;

Okonomiyaki

A pancake made with shredded cabbage, vegetables and a combination of proteins such as pork, shrimp and octopus.

Kaisen Ceviche /Takoyaki

A seafood dish consisting of small, round balls of batter filled with diced octopus and cooked in a special type of pan. These are topped with mayonnaise sauce and bonito flakes.

Kobe Beef (Black Angus)

Popular all over the world, Kobe Beef is loved for its exceptional marbling and flavourful tenderness, which has made it a highly recognised feature of is one of special Japanese cuisine.

Kobe Beef (Black Angus) - at Kazan Dining Sydney

4. KYUSHU

Kyushu, known for its volcanic landscapes, is Japan’s third largest island. It’s also known for its diversity of high quality ingredients.

Tonkotsu Ramen

A rich, creamy ramen dish made with thin noodles and pork bone topped with chashu (sliced pork), green onions and wood ear mushrooms.

Kurobuta (Berkshire Pork)

Kagoshima is popular for its tender and tantalizing high-quality Berkshire Pork. It is usually served with shabu shabu (Japanese nabemono hotpot dish) or tonkotsu (breaded deep-fried pork cutlets).

Motsunabe

A quirky hotpot dish that consists of offal (beef or pork intestines) cooked in a broth based on miso or soy along with cabbage, garlic and chilli peppers.

Tonkotsu Ramen - A rich, creamy ramen dish made with thin noodles and pork bone topped with chashu (sliced pork), green onions and wood ear mushrooms.

5. CHUBU

Chubu, covering the rocky mountainous area of the Japanese Alps and coastal regions, is located in the heart of central Japan. What does Chubu have to offer when it comes to regional cuisine?

Hida Beef

This premium style of beef is famous for its delicious, juicy tenderness. It’s often enjoyed as steak, sukiyaki or shabu shabu.

Unagi

Unagi, a Japanese grilled eel, is a specialty of Shizuoka. Since Hamana is famous for its eel farming, this dish is fondly eaten with a serving of rice and soy sauce.

Hida Beef - This premium style of beef is famous for its delicious, juicy tenderness. It’s often enjoyed as steak, sukiyaki or shabu shabu.

6. SHIKOKU

Shikoku, with its finest scenic beauty and diverse culinary offerings, is the smallest of Japan’s main islands. Its specialties include:

Sanuki Udon

A thick chewy udon noodle dish that is typically served in a dashi broth, with the addition of tempuras and green onions.

Awa Odori/ Tori Muneniku Chicken

A dish consisting of richly flavored chicken, which is often enjoyed in a hotpot.

Sanuki Udon

A thick chewy udon noodle dish that is typically served in a dashi broth, with the addition of tempuras and green onions.

Mikan

A Winter treat for the visitors of Ehime. Mikan are special mandarin oranges that are sweet, tangy and juicy.

Each of the famous Japanese dishes and unique regional cuisines reveals the heart and soul of its people and culture. These are not just dishes but rather a celebration of the land’s bounty and traditions that have been cherished for generations.

At Kazan, we draw inspiration from these traditional dishes when developing our menu and bespoke private dining options. Book your table at Kazan today to experience authentic Japanese cuisine right here in Sydney.Book now by clicking this link, or contact info@kazandining.au or call (02) 8080 8074 for further information.

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