Curry and rice
If you have once come to Japan and already tasted it, there is no doubt that you agree with this recommendation. Curry is originally from India as you know. What is different between the two is that Japanese curry is milder and thicker.
In Japan, we have many types of curry. The best recommendation for foreigners might be katsu curry. In katsu curry, one of the most popular Japanese foods for foreigners, tonkatsu, is accompanied with the curry.
Tonkatsu (豚カツ, とんかつ or トンカツ, pork cutlet), is a Japanese food which consists of a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet. There are two main types, hire and rosu. It is often served with shredded cabbage.
Tonkatsu originated in Japan in the 19th century. As well as being served as a single dish, it is also used as a sandwich filling or in combination with curry.
At a restaurant
You can get tasty curry and rice at any restaurant in Japan. Japanese people love curry and rice so much that we have a popular chain casual restaurant specializing in curry; “CoCo Ichibanya”.
Ichibanya Co., Ltd. owns the top curry rice restaurant chain in Japan, Curry House CoCo Ichibanya or usually just CoCo Ichiban or CoCo Ichi. The chain has restaurants all over Japan and 46 restaurants overseas, including mainland China, Taiwan, Hawaii, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Torrance, California. The chain includes a large number of franchise restaurants as well as directly owned restaurants. The Curry House chain is by far the company’s largest business.
It is a good idea to bring some of your favorite Japanese curry roux as a souvenir so that you can make Japanese curry by yourself in your own home.
WILKINSON ginger ale
Japanese people love ginger ale like other countries. It came from Canada. We have of course Canada Dry which is popular in Japan, but please try this Japanese ginger ale!!!
WILKINSON is a brand selling carbonated drinks since 1904. Look at this image of WILKINSON. What they say here is, “Soda for 100 years”.
How does it taste?
WILKINSON’s ginger ale is sweet and mild, but we do feel the spicy taste of ginger more than other ginger ales. Please taste this delicate flavor if you come to Japan!!
The last one is…yes, Japanese beer!! There are many foreigners who fall in love with Japanese beer. We have many choices of beer in Japan. The most popular beer is from Asahi.