Food Culture

How to Eat Shabu Shabu

Shabu shabu is an awesome Japanese hot pot dish that’s perfect to enjoy with friends or family – with a boiling pot of fragrant broth right in the middle of the table, everyone is involved in the cooking process making for a great social and communal experience.

On a rainy or cold night, there’s nothing like a few cold beers shared over a steaming pot bubbling with delicious veggies and fine meats.

As with most all-you-can-eat and DIY treats, there is a certain etiquette which can seem daunting, but makes the experience a whole lot easier. Don’t worry too much – it’s all good fun and you get some delicious results. Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to eat shabu shabu!

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Food Culture

How to Eat Kushikatsu: A Beginner’s Guide

Kushikatsu or kushiage is a classic Osakan delicacy that can be found throughout Japan. Kushi means “skewer”, and the kanji is incredibly self-explanatory. Doesn’t 串 look just like something yummy on a stick?

You’ll get hungry just seeing it written on a sign in the street. Katsu and age both refer to the fact that the things on the stick are decadently deep-fried. What’s better than deep-fried things on a stick?

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Food Culture

Nomikai Culture: A Survival Guide

The nomikai – drinking party – is an integral part of Japanese life, whether you study here, work here, or just make friends. As with most things in Japan, there’s a certain etiquette that you should follow. Bear these few tricks in mind, and you’ll be sure to have a great time and survive your first nomikai gracefully – or, if not, at least politely!

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Food Culture

Japan’s Favorite Summer Snacks

Japanese summers are tough, and the heavy humidity, heavy rain, and heavy heat can make you feel slightly less than enthusiastic about food, even when amazing cuisine is in abundance. But this brings with it more opportunities – summer snacks! There’s plenty of choice that’ll get your mouth watering again in no time.

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How To Order Ramen in Japan Like A Pro

Ramen is a quintessential part of the Japanese food experience, and definitely not something to miss. There’s nothing that’ll fill you up quite like silky noodles in a rich, hot broth, and it’s so versatile, too. There’s dozens of ways to customise your ramen and shake it up so it’s just how you like it.

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Food Culture

Unagi: Japan’s Summer Energy Food

In many parts of the world, giving yourself an energy boost on those long hot summer days might involve a giant iced frappuccino or a can or two of Red Bull. Japan has other ideas, with a food that’s said to give those who eat it some extra stamina to battle the seasons’ trademark heat and humidity.

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Food Culture

How to Deal With Food Allergies in Japan

Going somewhere new when you have an allergy can be tough; if you’re not familiar with the local ingredients or language (or just want to quickly grab something without worrying!), it can get super nerve-wracking. While it’s always good to be careful, here’s a few tips to make your life a bit easier.

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Food Culture

How to Eat Sushi Like a Pro

Doubtless you’re no spring chicken when it comes to sushi, and have had your fair share of maki rolls and nigiri. You’ve already been eating it right all this time – the main thing is that you enjoy it! However, there’s a few tricks you can incorporate into your routine that’ll really step up your sushi game.

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Food Culture

The Art of The Tabehoudai

Tabehoudai is Japanese for all you can eat; a portmanteau of the word taberu, to eat, and houdai, as much as you like. For a set price you can eat your fill for a set amount of time, and these restaurants can be found in abundance throughout Japan. Of course, there’s buffet offerings you’d find at home such as pizza and cake, but what if you’re looking for something a bit more authentic and local? Here are a few ideas!

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