Thursday, 27 February 2020

Top 10 foods to try in Malaysia!


Malaysia is an amazing country for foodies. It's a melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Thai, Indian and many many more mixed into one yummy country to discover.
Every single Malaysian we met was so passionate and opinionated about where to find the best nasi lemak or how amazing the durian is (!) or the ideal noodle to use for a laksa…
We made a bunch of friends here, all willing to show us everything. And there's a lot! We simply couldn't do an article solely devoted to Malaysian food as it would be too long. So we instead put together our favourite top 10 foods to try in Malaysia.

#1 NASI LEMAK: the National dish

Nasi lemak is the first of our top 10 foods to try in Malaysia because it's the national dish and one of the first you will come across.
Nasi lemak literally means “fatty rice” because of the cooking process where rice is cooked in coconut milk with pandan leaves. It is traditionally served wrapped in a banana leaf, with ikan bilis (dried anchovies), sambal (a spicy sauce), boiled egg and roasted peanuts.
Fabulously delicious!


Nasi lemak: the 1st of our 10 foods to try in Malaysia
Our first nasi lemak in Malaysia with our friend Amin in the streets of Kuala Lumpur
Nasi lemak is a very heavy dish usually swimming in oil, which is probably why it's best reserved for breakfast time.


Nasi Lemak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Trying our first nasi lemak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
#2 LAKSA: you'll become addicted
Laksa definitely deserved its own spot in our 10 foods to try in Malaysia. We went quite loco for laksas in Malaysia.
Laksa is a delicious rich broth with noodles, topped with a variety of condiments depending on the region. It is particularly popular in Penang and Sarawak, each with their own variation.
The Assam laksa from Penang is distinct because it's more fishy and acidic. Assam means acidic in Malay, whereby tamarind is the souring agent. Thick rice noodles are usually used for Penang Assam Laksa.


Sarawak Laksa the 2nd of our 10 foods to try in Malaysia
Junie showing off Assam Laksa to Sebastien in Penang, Malaysia
The Sarawak laksa uses coconut milk instead of a sour fish broth. It is served with either rice vermicelli noodles (bee hoon) or thick rice noodles. The Sarawak laksa is topped with crunchy fresh bean sprouts, strips of chicken, prawns and slivers of omelette.


Stefan with Sarawak Laksa in Kuching
Stefan waiting to go face down in this bowl of freshly prepared Sarawak Laksa in the streets of Kuching, Malaysia

#3 MEE KOLOK: popular breakfast dish

Mee kolok is another specialty from Kuching in Sarawak and a popular breakfast meal. It can be found at most hawker stalls throughout the city.


Mee kolok: one of our favourite foods to try in Kuching, Malaysia
Stefan with our local friend Aliph grabbing a few mee kolok for breakfast in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Mee kolok comprises of egg noodles, which are boiled, strained, stirred with lard and topped with a few slices of roast pork.
We had lots of mee kolok fun with our friends in Kuching.


Seb and Brendan trying mee kolok in Kuching Sarawak Malaysia
Sebastien and our Brendan about to tuck into a few mee koloks in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

#4 ROTI CANAI: Indian inspired yumminess

Roti canai (pronounced cha-nai) is one of the many Indian influences in Malay cuisine. It consists of flatbread (roti), served with a variety of yummy curries, usually dhal (lentils) and mutton/chicken.
In Malay the word canai means “to roll out dough” – the dough usually contains lots of ghee (clarified butter), flour and water.
When we stayed in Little India in Kuala Lumpur, we had roti canai happy hour on our doorstep every morning.


Roti Canai: one of our Indian influenced favourite foods to try in Malaysia
#5 MURTABAK: Indian pizza
Murtabak is another Indian influence in Malaysia and is more commonly referred to as an Indian pizza. The name derives from the Arabic word mutabbaq which means ‘folded'.
It's popular throughout the country and usually includes minced meat (beef, chicken or mutton), garlic, egg, onion with curry, sliced cucumber, syrup-pickled onions or tomato sauce.
Stefan tried to make a few murtabaks in Penang with mixed results:


Murtabak: one of our Indian influenced top foods to try in Malaysia
Stefan trying to make a few murtabaks in Penang with mixed results

#6 PANDAN: the Asian vanilla

Pandan leaves are commonly used in Malaysian cuisine, particularly in desserts. It's often referred to as the Asian vanilla.


Sebastien with pandan leaves
Sebastien with his new kitchen friends – the pandan leaves
Pandan pancakes were a common dessert we enjoyed during our adventures in Malaysia. But our favourite, and the reason why it has its place in our top foods to try in Malaysia, is layered pandan cake mixed with gula apong (palm sugar).
If you ever have the opportunity to try a Malaysian pandan gula apong cake, take Stefan's advice and just get one for yourself and never ever share it with anyone!


Stefan with pandan gula apong cake in Kuching Sarawak Malaysia
Stefan with his pandan gula apong cake refusing to share it with anyone

#7 CHENDUL: naughty Malaysian dessert

Chendul is a popular Malaysian dessert similar to Filipino halo halo. To produce this delicious bowl of heaven, you need green rice flour noodles, coconut milk, shaved ice and red beans. The green colour comes from the pandan leaves.
We tried some delicious chenduls as we ate our way through Penang.


Chendul: one of our top 10 foods to try in Malaysia
Sebastien with a plate of chendul dessert at the famous Teochew Chendul hawker stall in Penang, Malaysia
#8 BANANA CHEESE: bye bye abs!
Banana cheese is simply banana fritters, topped with lots of grated cheese and swimming in condensed milk. It's very naughty: the bananas are battered, deep fried and all that condensed milk and grated cheese…goodbye abs!
It's a popular snack for a light (!) tea break, particularly in Sarawak and Sabah.


Banana cheese: one of our top foods to try in Malaysia
Stefan and Hani going gaga for Banana Cheese dessert at the Kuching Food Festival in Sarawak

#9 KOPI-O: Malaysian coffee

As coffee lovers we were delighted to discover how good the local brew in Malaysia is.
It can be served either cold, with ice and plenty of condensed milk to produce a sweet, refreshing concoction. But the Nomadic Boys opted for a simple and healthier kopi-O (hot black coffee).
Ipoh is particularly famous for its coffee: we visited with our friend Kevin to enjoy several cold and hot brews.


Stefan trying the excellent Ipoh coffee
Stefan hoarding all the coffee from our friend Kevin in Ipoh, Malaysia

#10 DURIAN: the smelly divisive fruit

The final of our 10 foods to try in Malaysia is a subject which is guaranteed to get all tongues wagging. Everyone loves them (in Malaysia) or hates them (everywhere else). That's a slight exaggeration of course: we met many Malaysians who also hate durian passionately ha ha ha!
Durian is nicknamed the King of fruits because he's hunky, thorny and extremely potent! You can smell him from a mile away.


Seb with D24 Durian in Penang Malaysia
Sebastien discovering the strong effects of the almighty durian fruit
In fact, durian is so potent that most hotels (and subway systems like in Singapore and Bangkok) ban them!

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

How to Grill a Burger – BBQ & Grilling Recipes 2020

It is undeniable that burgers are typical food for every grill parties or picnics. In every places, people have distinctive ways of making decent burgers which brings special tastes. However, how to grill a burger with the fully cooked inside is actually a big question. Today’s post will give you guide to grill burgers on gas grill with the best-ever recipe and technique.

How to Grill a Burger

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs of ground beef (preferably an 80/20 mix, 80% lean meat and 20% fat)
  • 3 tbsp of evaporated milk
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • ¾ cup of dry bread crumbs
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅛ tsp of cayenne pepper (or more if you’re fond of spicy food)
  • Burger buns

Equipment

  • Large bowl
  • Mixing spatula
  • Cooking oil (olive oil, vegetable oil, etc.)
  • Gas grill or any type of grill
  • A pair of tongs or a grill spatula

Preparation

The first thing you need to prepare is the patties. You’d better prepare hamburgers in order to remain the juiciness and control the taste of it, but if you don’t have much time, you can also buy frozen hamburgers from the supermarket.
Are you ready to hit the grill? Let’s follow our best grilled burger recipe with the super duper easy steps below:
Step 1. Put the ground beef into the fridge for a few hours until it get frozen. This step is essential because it helps to keep the fat unbroken in the meat which will make the burgers juicy.
Step 2. Mix all the patty ingredients prepared before in a large bowl to ensure everything mixed well so that each patty will have the same parts of each ingredient. In this stage, remember to keep the meat cold.
PRO TIP: Constantly sprinkling the ingredients is the best way to mix quickly.
Step 3. Pinch a small piece of your beef, spread it on your palm, then turn your palm upside down to test if the beef is completely mixed and avoid over-mixing the ingredients. Once you feel that the meat is sticky, it’s time to start grilling.
Step 4. Make the patties shaped into flat and circular pieces as fast as possible. If you need to serve a group of 8 people, the 2 pounds of beef is enough. Immersing your hands in cold water before forming the patties is the best tip because the temperature of your body will lead to melting the fat and separating from the lean meat. This will cause your burgers dried.
PRO TIP: 1-inch thick on the side and 1-inch larger than the hamburger bun is the best size for each patty. Forming it like a salad plate with rasied sides will help your burgers look more attractive.
ALTERNATIVE METHOD:
ALTERNATIVE METHOD:
How to keep the beef stays cold and moisturized when the weather is boiling hot? The way of putting an ice cube into the middle of the patty and keeping the meat with it can help you to solve this issue.

Optional burger glaze

Applying an optional glaze before the patties become totally cooked is a key if you want to keep your burgers juicy and flavorful.
Simmer the mixture of Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper for 20 minutes.
If you don’t want your burgers juiceless, remember not to apply the hamburger glaze too early to avoid burning it and create a cakey layer on your burgers.

Steps for the best way for How to Grill a Burger

Follow these tips mentioned below to grill the best hamburgers and find out the best way to know how to grill a burger, not only juicy but healthy:
  1. Put the patties with a small gaps from each one on the the warm and oiled grill. Remember not to press the patties because this will cause the lacking of moisture and fat.
  2. Keep the lid of the grill (if there’s any) closed and not open it till the next phase while the burgers are searing.
  3. Take a quick turn to grill the other side after 4 or 5 minutes of grilling the first side. Remind yourself not to press the patty.
  4. In this step, if the patties still do not turn golden brown, you need to re-flip it or cook longer (in case it is a thicker one).   
  5. The suitable time to apply the optional burger glaze is in a couple of minutes before the patty is cooked completely. If you are a cheese lover, at the last minute before taking the patties away from the grill, do not forget to add slices of cheese.
  6. Next, baking burger buns on the grill because this is the last stage of grilling the patties. We highly recommend you to butter your burger buns to make your every bite smoother.
  7. Everything seems to be done now. Turn all the knobs to the off position and put the burgers into the buns. To make your burgers more attractive and healthy, you should add tomato slices, lettuce, and your favorite fillings.
  8. Now, wait for a minute to let the burgers rest a bit. This will help the patties to be readjusted entirely with the juices which is the most important element to evaluate if your grilled burger is perfect. Otherwise, the juices will not distribute equally to each part of the burger (the juices will be only in the middle of a burger, this make the middle too wet, and other parts too dry and less delicious) if you eat it immediately.
You can still use the same steps as above to achieve the best burgers on other types of grill such as propane or electric one.

How long should your grill?

This is a commonly asked question. To answer this question, you need to ask yourself how done you want your hamburgers to be. The following information which is from our burger tempt chart, shows you a rough estimate.
RARE
Grill both sides of the hamburgers in 4 minutes totally with an internal temperature of 125F
MEDIUM-RARE
Grill the burgers in 5 minutes totally with an temperature of 135F
MEDIUM
Grill the burgers in 6 to 7 minutes totally with an internal temperature of 145F
WELL-DONE
Grill the burgers in 8 to 9 minutes totally with an internal temperature of 160F.
According to the strict advice of the USDA, to kill all the bacteria of the ground meat, it must be cooked at an internal temperature of 160F. Regardless of this rule, it definitely depends on your expected doneness. The only thing to be concerned that if the meat is fresh and prepared in a proper way.
Also, the thickness of frozen burgers and your grill’s heating setting decide the duration of grilling. Mostly, it need to be grilled for 5 minutes for each side. Take note that your burgers will be burned on the outside and still be red on the inside unless you let it melted on a warming rack first.
There is still another option for you to skip the step of making your frozen burgers become limber is to grill it immediately at a lower heating mode and flip frequently the burgers every 3 minutes till the desired doneness. You should use meat probes here to check the exact internal temperature.

Monday, 17 February 2020

Best Burger in Berlin!

Berlin Burger International all BBQFinding the best burger in Berlin can be a very difficult task.
New burger places are popping up every day in Berlin nowadays. 
Berliners love their good quality meat burgers with fresh ingredients.
So forget everything you thought you knew about burgers and fast food and get ready for a journey through Berlin’s best burger places.
To guide you through this journey I have put together a list of the best burger places in Berlin, which of course will be constantly updated.
Remember, new burger restaurants popping up in Berlin every day. But enough said let the burger journey through Berlin begin.

All Best Burger Places in Berlin at a Glance

Finding the best burger in Berlin can be a very difficult task.
New burger places are popping up every day

1. Tommi’s Burger Joint

Tommies Burger JointIf you ever are around Rosenthaler Platz and you feel like having one of the best burgers in Berlin then you need to head over to Tommi’s Burger Joint.
What’s funny we could not even tell you anything special about their burgers.
There are no fancy sauces, crazy toppings or anything similar that make Tommi’s such an amazing burger.
The use of only the best meats, a fantastic burger bun and grilled to perfection, it is just this combination that makes Tommi’s one of the best burgers we ever had in our lives.
On top of the great burgers, Tommi’s also offers fantastic sweet potato fries and a big variety of sauces.
Oh and have we mentioned that the guys (I think they are from Iceland) are very fun and love what they are doing, which you can taste.

2. Rembrandt Burger

Rembrandt BurgerWithout a doubt one of the best burgers I had so far in my life.
They offer just a limited choice of great burgers at Rembrandt, but each burger is the perfect combination of great juicy meat and the best toppings combined.
Our favorite pick so far is their Amsterdam Burger with 2 types of melted cheese, Cheddar and Gouda.
What sounds like a cheese overload is, in reality, one of the best things you will ever taste in your life.
And to top, it off goes for the mix of french fries, sweet potatoes, and normal fries, with the peanut sauce dip. It can’t get better than that.

3. The Bird

The Bird SteakhouseYou can call the Bird without hesitation a true Berlin burger institution.
Their focus on good quality meat, which is processed freshly, and their ridiculous sized burgers (small buns big patty, the way it should be) make a visit to The Bird unforgettable.
The first thought that comes in mind is “How am I supposed to eat this?”, but try to eat it with your hands (at least try, the cook will appreciate it).
All the sauce dripping of your burger also adds taste to your fries. Oh, the fries, hand-cut and also upgradeable to chili cheese fries.
Have I mentioned already that the meat is about 2-3 thumbs thick? And that it still has so much juice and taste inside that your taste sense will go crazy?
Truly The Bird is no secret tip anymore, as they already opened up new restaurants in Kreuzberg (currently closed), Hackescher Markt (focus on steaks), Schönhauser Allee (focus on BBQ) and even in Hamburg, but it is still worth to go.

4. BBI – Berlinburger International

Berlin Burger International BBI NeuköllnOpened in 2010 BBI – Berlinburger International has become one of the most famous burger places in Berlin.
Located close to Sonnenallee in the Berlin district of Neukölln, BBI serves some of the biggest and tastiest burgers you have ever seen.
Of course, the downside of being that famous and having a rather small venue is that you will most likely eat your burger standing around squeezed between other hungry faces, but believe me, it will be worth it.
BBI serves some classic burgers like BBQ Burger, Cheeseburger and co, but be on the lookout, as they always have a special burger on sale.
Oh have I mentioned the chili cheese fries already? No? Now I have, and they are fantastic.
5. Burgermeister
Burgermeister BurgerIf you want to eat awesome burgers in style make sure you pay Burgermeister a visit.
Located below the tracks of the U1 (a Berlin subway line, that most of the times run above the surface) Burgermeister serves some of the best burgers in Berlin.
Coming back to the unusual location, have I mentioned already that the place, where they now serve juicy burgers used to be a public toilet?
No kidding, I guess that is something that only happens in Berlin.
Yesterday the toilet house of a subway station Schlesisches Tor, today one of the best burger places in Berlin.
Burgermeister is more of a burger stand than a restaurant, as they only have some chairs to sit outside. And with chairs I mean some Rothaus beer boxes stuck together.
And with outside I mean right under the subway tracks.
But reducing the success of Burgermeister only to the unusual location would not be fair. Their freshly grilled burgers are delicious.
Compared to The Bird and BBI they are rather normal-sized, which means after eating one for lunch break you can still go back to work and not fall into a meat-overdose induced coma.
Unless you tried the Meister Aller Klassen Burger, then you did not deserve otherwise.
And again, they have fantastic chili cheese fries, fresh fries topped with minced meat and nice liquid American cheese.
And of course, as we are talking about a burger place in Kreuzberg they are open till around 3 to 4 a.m. (even on any given Sunday night).
Also, Burgermeister has opened a new restaurant due to the huge success of their first place, but we all agree here that as good as the new place might be it can’t beat the style and taste of the original location.

6. Bun Bao Burger

Bun Bao BerlinIf you are into trying something completely new then check out Bun Bao Burger.
They haven’t been around for too long, but they are already on top of many lists about the best burgers in Berlin.
I can only tell you about the Beef burger, as after trying that one you only want this exact same burger every time you eat at Bun Bao.
But I have heard from friends that the Tuna or the Veggie Burger are almost as good as the original. Either way, you will enjoy a very tasty and perfectly flavored burger.
You might ask what is so special about Bun Bao? Well, have you ever tried dumplings? If so then this is the closest I can compare the texture and the taste of the bun with.
You need to try this in order to understand how different but yet tasty a burger bun can be.

7. Burgeramt

Burger at Burgeramt FriedrichshainDo not mix up Burgeramt (great burgers) with Bürgeramt (where you hopefully registered after moving to Berlin) even though I suspect the similarity was not a coincidence.
What is also no coincidence is the fact that no matter which burger you will order, all of them just taste amazing thanks to freshest ingredients and a lot of love from the chef at the grill.
During peak hours you will probably end up eating your burger standing up as the place gets extremely busy. Great burgers in the heart of Friedrichshain, what else do you need?

8. Marienburgerie

Burger at MarienburgerWhat kind of restaurant would you open in a street already called Marienburger Straße?
Right, a burger restaurant. And it is not only this coincidence that Marienburgerie is worth a visit.
The basic burgers at Marienburgerie already taste fantastic, but if you go for the Neuland-meat-option these burgers will just blow your mind.
Our special tip is the famous Sophia Loren Burger with Gorgonzola creme and fresh rucola. Make sure to have some tissues close by.

9. Schiller Burger

Schiller Burger BerlinWhat happens if you offer good burgers and your place is always packed with hungry Berliners?
You start opening places all over town. This is what happened with Schiller Burger.
It feels like that within a couple of months they opened up places from Neukölln to Marzahn to Prenzlauer Berg and even Weissensee.
Burger Schiller BurgerBut hey, if you serve such tasty and juicy burgers, who can blame them?
If you don’t feel like going out you can also order them online. No, we are no lazy bastards, we did not order from our couch 😉
But if you feel like getting your butt off the couch it is really worth paying Schiller Burger a visit.
Usually, they have open kitchens which means you can watch them prepare your future awesome burger.
And also worth mentioning are their fries, both normal and sweet potatoes, are great sides for your juicy burger, which usually will be grilled well-done.

10. Five Guys Burger

Five Guys CheeseburgerYou will probably ask yourself how in God’s name did an American fast-food burger chain make it on this list of the best burgers in Berlin.
Before you condemn us please hear us out first. We also could not believe it when we first found ourselves in line at the Five Guys burger joint next to the Mercedes Benz Arena.
The music is way too loud and the poor guy yelling out the numbers for pickup did not make for a good first impression.
However, once you hold the cheeseburger with 2 juicy and well-seasoned patties in your hands all doubts are blown away.
If you ever asked me how a traditional American cheeseburger should taste like – well here is your answer.

11. Josper’s Burger

Jospers Burger BerlinOne of the most surprising new burgers we have tried lately is Josper’s Burger.
It is way too easy to pass by this little burger place located at the bustling Warschauer Strasse.
However, if you take your time and try one of their burgers you won’t be disappointed.
What makes these burgers so special is the way they spice up and season their meat patties.
We can’t even tell you what kind of spices they use (and yes, they are a bit spicy, but just the right amount) so you need to find out yourself. in Berlin nowadays. 
Berliners love their good quality meat burgers with fresh ingredients.
So forget everything you thought you knew about burgers and fast food and get ready for a journey through Berlin’s best burger places.
To guide you through this journey I have put together a list of the best burger places in Berlin, which of course will be constantly updated.
Remember, new burger restaurants popping up in Berlin every day. But enough said let the burger journey through Berlin begin.

Monday, 10 February 2020

The Top 10 Best Japanese Foods!

Here's the list of the top 10 dishes you need to try when you're travelling in Japan. Sushi being an obvious one, but there are so many other delicious dishes you need to taste while you're here. The best part is that each dish, more often than not, has its own regional twist. Which means that once you find a dish you like, you can try it in a different region for a delicious spin on what you tasted originally.

1. Gyoza


Gyoza

Gyozas are originally from China (called Jiaozi in Chinese) and are now hugely popular in Japan as well. They are recognized as a staple in Japanese homes. Gyozas are also called potstickers. They are usually made with garlic chives, Chinese chives and minced pork. They can be fried (yakigyoza 焼き餃子), boiled (suigyoza 水餃子) or deep fried (agegyoza 揚げ餃子), either way, they are delicious!

2. Sushi


Sushi

Sushi is typically raw fish over vinegared rice, but there are so many variations, such as the type of vinegar used red or white. You can have low-end places which serve "kaitenzushi" (conveyor belt sushi), standing sushi bars, or very high-end exclusive sushi bars. Sushi is definitely a must-try dish in Japan and is probably the first that comes to mind when people think of Japanese cuisine.

3. Ramen


Ramen

Although it is originally a Chinese dish, the dish was introduced to Japan and become a staple of Japanese cuisine. When Japan reopened its ports in 1859, Chinese restaurants started to set up in the port towns. As Japanese people became accustomed to the dish, they started to accommodate it to the local palate. The difference between Chinese and Japanese ramen is the soup stock. In Japan, it is made from five to forty ingredients!
Ramen itself is a noodle dish typically made with bamboo shoots, eggs, chashuu (pork), seawed and chives.

4. Okonomiyaki


okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is definitely a staple of Japanese cuisine and travellers really love trying it. If you've never had it, Japanese people tend to have a hard time explaining what it is; they call it a "Japanese pizza". But it's more of a mix between a pancake and an omelette, stuffed with all the ingredients you like. Hence the name お好み焼き "Okonomiyaki": cook what you like.

5. Tempura


Tempura_plate

Tempura (天ぷら/天麩羅) is a traditional Japanese dish made of ingredients such as vegetables and seafood covered in batter and then deep fried.
Tempura is actually brought from Portugal at the end of the 16th, when the Portuguese missionaries and merchants living in Nagasaki, a city in the south part of Japan, tried to make fritters. The method of using batter and frying ingredients got popularized first in Nagasaki, and then Edo (called Tokyo today). Especially in Edo, it became very common because of the abundant seafood in Tokyo Bay. Today's mainstream of tempura is based on the Tokyo style (Edo style), which was invented at the street food shop near a fish market. Edo is also the place that invented the dipping sauce for tempura.

6. Soba


soba_dinner

Soba is made with buckwheat flour and is a very healthy alternative to wheat flour. Soba restaurants offer different types of soba noodles, from 50% to 100% buckwheat flour.
Buckwheat flour is healthy because it is a good source of nutrients, such as thiamin, iron, fibre, protein, and manganese. It can be served hot or cold with "dashi" (fish stock).

7. Yakitori


Grilled_Yakitori

Yakitori 焼き鳥 (grilled skewered chicken) is a must-try in terms of Japanese cuisine. Usually served in small restaurants, you order many different types of skewers that you can share with your friends. In a convivial setting, sharing a few laughs with your neighbours, and having a few beers, yakitori is usually a fun experience.

8. Unagi


Unagi

Unagi is the Japanese word for soft water eel. It is a type of delicacy that has been really popular for centuries, and the cuisine has stayed very authentic. For a quintessential Japanese dining experience, you have got to try unagi. It is particularly popular in the summer because it is said to help with "natsubate" (being tired due to summer heat).

9. Yakiniku


yakiniku1

Yakiniku 焼肉 simply means grilled meat, but usually refers to beef grilled over a small BBQ placed at the centre of the table. It is a very fun group activity. You order many plates of meat, which arrives raw at your table and that you grill by yourself. Yakiniku is perfect with a nice cold beer, but some modern restaurants also pair it with red wine.

10. Shabu-Shabu


shabushabu

Shabu shabu しゃぶしゃぶ is a popular kind of Japanese hot pot dish. The unique name came from the way you eat the ingredients are submerged into the kelp based dashi soup. Its a kind of Japanese onomatopoeia.
The main Ingredient is thinly sliced meat, usually beef or pork, sometimes chicken as well. You can also have it with different types of vegetables and they come with several dipping sauces.