Exploring Japanese Cuisine

October 05, 2012 - posted by Hanaichi

Exploring Japanese Cuisine

The Japanese, as a nation, is a slave to art. You can see it from their love of floral arrangements as well as the way they present food. Always a feast for the senses, Japanese cuisine is always impeccable both in taste and in presentation. Most Japanese cuisine is based on fresh seafood, veggies and bold flavors.

In Australia, Japanese sushi bars and restaurants are abounding across every local eats. Australia has slowly embraced diverse culinary dishes, providing the ultimate in Japanese dining. Curious to try some of the best Japanese dishes? We’ve listed some of the most recommended Japanese dishes you have to try:


Quintessential Japanese dish, sushi is composed of vinegared Japanese rice, thin strips of raw fish or roe and either wrapped or rolled in Norimaki, a paper-thin green wrapper made of seaweed. Sushi is typically dipped in soy sauce and/or wasabi, a type of green paste made with horseradish. Sushi is widely available in supermarkets but if you want a real treat, dine out to a reputable sushi restaurant like Hanaichi to get a taste of this scrumptious Japanese delight.


Most people mistake sushi for sashimi and vice versa. They are two different dishes! Sashimi is comprised of thinly sliced raw seafood (typically Salmon, Tuna, Prawn, Mackerel, Squid, Octopus or Sea Urchin Roe) and then served with daikon and shiso, wasabi and/or soy sauce. Unlike sushi, sashimi does not come with vinegared rice.


Tempura is one of the most popular Japanese dishes. This dish is made with lightly battered vegetables and/or seafood which is then deep fried to golden brown. This crisp, delicious dish is served with dipping sauce and is best eaten with either a bowl of piping hot steamed Japanese rice or noodles like soba, or udon.


Sukiyaki is another popular Japanese dish composed of stewed vegetables and thin slices of beef. This dish is typically composed of shiitake mushrooms, noodles, silken tofu, green onions, meat, and then cooked together in a soy-sauce based broth spiked with sugar and sweet cooking sake.


In Japanese, yakitori means broiled chicken. This dish is made by skewering morsels of chicken and slowly cooked over a charcoal grill. Yakitori made a great appetizer or a snack before the main course. Aside from chicken, yakitori can also be made using vegetables like onions, green bell peppers, etc. Yakitori is served with a dipping sauce.


Takoyaki is ball shaped octopus dumpling made with wheat flour batter and cooked over a takoyaki pan. Each ball is filled with either minced or chopped octopus, tenkasu, pickled ginger and green onions. Best eaten smoking hot, takoyaki is a popular snack eaten with a dipping sauce.


This dish is composed of steamed Japanese rice topped with a wide variety of meat, like boiled beef or chicken, deep fried pork or shrimp and egg. Domburimo is goes perfectly with miso soup and pickles!

Looking for authentic Japanese cuisine? Experience tasty Japanese dishes in a fun, fabulous ambiance at Hanaichi sushi bar and restaurant! We offer an extensive range of sushi, sashimi, maki and drinks!


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