What makes Japan stand out when it comes to food is the importance of preparation and the quality of the ingredients used in Japanese cuisine. Japan is basically a foodies paradise and it isn’t surprising that Japan has the most 3 star Michelin Restaurants in the world along with France. With so many Japanese dishes and appetizers to choose from, it can be overwhelming for many outsiders that want to explore the cuisine beyond the realm of Sushi. To help out, here is a list of 3 Japanese foods that make great finger food as well!
Who doesn’t love deep fried food on a bamboo stick? This concept has been taken to a whole new level in Japan, where Kushi-age has become the perfect bar food as many have called it. Not only is meat used in Kusiage but also many different types of vegetables, seafood and cheeses. Sometimes ingredients are used in combinations to get that perfect taste. It can be eaten plain, but many dipping sauces can be used such as Karashi(mustard), lemon, and Tonkatsu sauce(similar to HP Sauce). To add to the taste of the Kushiage is the perfect crunch, where Panko crumbs are used just before the deep frying stage. Most popular in Osaka, they are widely referred to as Kushikatsu and are known for using a variety of ingredients.
- Truffle Potatoes
- Salmon and cheese
- Blue Cheese and Truffle Oil
- Lotus Root
- Shiitake Mushrooms and Chicken Meatball
- Crickets or Scorpions (for the adventurous)
- Crab Wrapped in Seaweed
2. Spicy Tuna Hand Roll (Temaki)
There is without a doubt, Temaki is the perfect finger food and is gaining popularity in North America. Temaki is basically a roll that has a nori casing, filled with sushi rice and other variety of fillings. The shape of the Temaki is conical, which makes it easier to hold in one’s hand. This roll is very easy to make and you can find many websites offering directions and recipes. In a Spicy Tuna Hand roll, the main ingredient is obviously Tuna but you can pretty much add any type of vegetable to this roll. What gives the Spicy Tuna Hand Roll its spicy kick is the combination of Japanese Mayo and hot sauce.
Onigiri rice balls also known as omusubi, is made from rice and shaped into an oval or triangular form that is wrapped in nori. The common fillings of Onigiri are usually sour and salty in tasting and the ingredients can range from Japanese Pickles to smoked skipjack tuna (Katsuobushi). These ingredients act as a preservative for the rice, so it will not foul as quick over time. This was an important invention before the time of refrigerators in Japan. Today, it is wildly popular in Japan, as you can find them all over in Japan and even in most convenient stores. You can also purchase Onigiri Rice Ball containers as they come in a variety of styles and shapes. As you can imagine, these containers are popular amongst kids. And yes you can find Hello Kitty containers, that is a given.
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