food travel

Japan: Izakaya

izakaya (14 of 14)

Continuing our journey through Japan, Kenta’s dad generously treated us to one of his favorite meals at a local Izakaya.  Izakaya literally translates to “i” (to stay) and “sakaya” (sake shop), which is a place to grab a light meal and drinks.  Here are some of the highlights:

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Motsunabe (もつ鍋) – Intestine pot made from beef and pork tripe or other offal.   It’s actually quite a warm and homey taste,  and great with beer during the winter times 🙂
izakaya (1 of 14)
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Basashi (馬刺し) – raw horse meat! We tried 3 different cuts!  Pretty good!

izakaya (4 of 14)

Zousui (雑炊) is a Japanese rice soup made from pre-cooked rice and water. Not to be confused with Okayu, which is a similar but where the rice is cooked to a watery consistency.

izakaya (7 of 14)

Tarako (たらこ) is a salted roe food, usually made from Alaska pollock

izakaya (6 of 14)

Ikayaki (いか焼き) – a squid + egg dish

izakaya (3 of 14)

 Yakisoba ( 焼きそば) – Fried noodle

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Karaage (唐揚げ) – Fried chicken

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Look at all the regional drink menu! izakaya (8 of 14)
Hungry Cactus’s verdict: A
Thank you Mr. Oka for sharing your most favorite izakaya with us!  This was one unforgettable meal!
izakaya (10 of 14)