One of the most common topics among students is food. What kind of food do you like? What are popular dishes in your home country? And so on. No matter what level a student is, it seems that the topic of cooking is a go-to for many. So, for today we will discuss food in other countries. But not just what food is popular abroad, no that is boring and you’ve probably already heard enough about the topic. No today we are going to discuss about Japanese food trends in foreign countries, and how they may differ from the authentic versions here.
The first is probably the most easily recognizable Japanese food for foreigners. Sushi has become many people’s favorite in North America and has really taken off since the 1990’s. In the last 10 years, there has been a trend of all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants, where you pay a set price and can eat until you burst. There is a catch however; if you don’t finish all your food, you have to pay extra for each plate you don’t finish, so be careful! In western countries, it also seems that nigiri is not as popular as sushi rolls. Perhaps such a large piece of raw fish is still unappetizing for some, so if it’s in a roll, it’s hidden.
In Japan, ramen is a staple that is found all throughout the nation. Thousands and thousands of ramen shops exist, for a quick, yet delicious meal. Abroad, it’s not nearly as common. It’s difficult, if not impossible to find a local ramen shop in your town. Often times ramen shops are these trendy spots in urban cities, where you can get a fresh bowl. While the ramen restaurant scene is drastically different, what is similar to Japan is the amount of instant ramen noodles that are available and consumed. From big families, to single college students, you are likely to find a pack or cup of ramen noodles somewhere in the house!
Out of the three foods we will cover today, tempura is the oddity for one reason. While it is well known in other countries, it’s not always the easiest to get. You do find tempura shrimp sometimes in the frozen aisle section at your local supermarket, but I can’t recall ever seeing a single restaurant that is dedicated to only tempura in Canada. You will see it on the menu at Japanese restaurants, but there is no place like Tendon, where all they serve is the delectable dish.
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