Top 10 super cheap foods in Japan

This blog and my Japan book are all about saving you money on your holidays in Japan. Food, especially eating out, is one of the things that can really add to travel budgets, so here are the best foods to eat in Japan: 1) Cup noodles Fill up your belly for around $1, or even lessContinue reading “Top 10 super cheap foods in Japan”

Soba and Udon – quick noodles for a few dollars

Cheap and simple, everyone likes Soba and Udon. Soba is thin noodles made from buckwheat, while Udon is thick white flour noodles. They sometimes come in soups, or sometimes you dip them into a little pot of soup. Both hot and cold versions are available, so these noodles make for a perfect light meal anyContinue reading “Soba and Udon – quick noodles for a few dollars”

Top 5 Cheap Restaurant Chains in Japan

Want some lovely Japanese food, but don’t want to spend loads of money?  Try these! 1. Matsuya All sorts of cheap Japanese food.  Gyudon (meat on rice), steaks, Japanese style burgers…… 2. Yoshinoya The best place for a cheap Gyudon (meat on rice) 3. CoCo Ichiban Curry House The king of curries in Japan! 4.Continue reading “Top 5 Cheap Restaurant Chains in Japan”

Omurice – family-friendly cheap food

Omurice is a family favourite all over Japan, and has spread to become popular in countries such as Korea and Taiwan. It’s a funny example of western inspired Japanese cuisine, being an omelette (omu) covering flavoured rice (raisu)! It may sound a bit unappetising or odd, but Omurice is a simple dish with a host of sauces andContinue reading “Omurice – family-friendly cheap food”

Onigiri – quick 100 yen rice snacks

Onigiri, sometime known as ‘rice balls’ in the west, are a great snack or light lunch for budget travellers. Essentially a ball of rice covered in seaweed with a filling, they are easy to find and much healthier than western snacks like potato chips! Popular flavours are tuna mayo (ツナマヨ or シーチキンマヨネーズ) and shrimp mayo (エビマヨ), but manyContinue reading “Onigiri – quick 100 yen rice snacks”

Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake)

Okonomiyaki, sometimes called a Japanese pancake in English, is a cheap and fun meal to have. It basically tastes like a mix of pancakes and omelettes, and there are all sorts of toppings and fillings. Popular ones include cabbage, pork strips and shrimp. At some restaurants you can cook the Okonomiyaki yourself, which is great fun withContinue reading “Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake)”

Takoyaki

Takoyaki are small, golf ball sized balls of batter filled with octopus, ginger and green onion. Traditionally mayonnaise and and a special Takoyaki sauce (similar to Worcestershire sauce) are added on top, but these days there are all sorts of interesting toppings available. A must-try in Japan. Price: From 400 yen (about $4) Name in Japanese:Continue reading “Takoyaki”

Tempura

Tempura is battered and deep fried seafood or vegetables. Introduced by the Portuguese in the 16th century, tempura has become a staple of the Japanese diet. The most popular fish to use is shrimp, but many others are sometimes used depending on the area. This is also the same for vegetables, but the most common is Japanese radish. TempuraContinue reading “Tempura”

Cheap Sushi and Sashimi

Raw fish is something that has to be tried when visiting Japan. Even if the idea sounds odd, everyone should try it at least once! There are all sorts, and the fish is super fresh even at budget restaurants. The most popular fishes are tuna and Most menus have pictures of the sushi, but it canContinue reading “Cheap Sushi and Sashimi”

Hamburg steak

No, that’s not a spelling mistake! In Japan ‘Hamburg’ means a burger pattie served on a hotplate. Alongside the pattie is a selection of vegetables, and this is often served in a discounted set with rice and miso soup. There are all sorts, from Hamburgs with cheese inside to gravy sauce. Price: From 600 yen (aboutContinue reading “Hamburg steak”

Ramen (Japanese noodles)

Oh Ramen! So good, so, so good. You have probably tried it in your home country, but until you have actually come to Japan and had a proper Ramen, you haven’t had the real experience. Ramen is basically noodles in a soup or broth, and is especially great in the winter or on a coldContinue reading “Ramen (Japanese noodles)”

Yakisoba (Fried Noodles)

Most people have already tried Japanese noodles, Yakisoba, before in their home country, but they are a little different in Japan. They make for a very cheap meal, and with all the vegetables can be reasonably healthy. Yakisoba is basically stir-fried noodles with pork, plus vegetables such as cabbage, carrot or bean sprouts. You canContinue reading “Yakisoba (Fried Noodles)”