5 Japanese Street Food Recipes

Japan is a vibrant country with interesting shops and many delicacies, but even though you aren't in Japan at the moment you can try out these 5 Japanese street food recipes at home. You may need to visit Asian grocery stores for specific ingredients.

Japanese Gyozas

Gyozas, also referred to as potstickers, are one of the simplest Japanese street foods to make.  

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cabbage
  • 1/4 cup green onion
  • 1/2 pound round pork
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. ginger juice
  • 15 gyoza wrappings
  1. Mix all the ingredients (minus the gyoza wrappings) with your hands and roll them into small balls. Place the mixture into the wrappings and gently squeeze the opening to form a dumpling.  
  2. Heat up the oil in a frying pan and cook the gyozas until they turn golden.

Takoyaki

Takoyaki is a type of Japanese octopus balls.

Ingredients:

  • 1 2/3 cup of flour
  • 2 1/2 dashi soup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 lbs. bite-sized boiled octopus
  • 1/4 cup dried red shrimp
  • Dried bonito flakes
  • Seaweed powder
  • Takoyaki sauce
  • Mayonnaise
  1. Whisk the flour, dashi soup and eggs together to make a batter.
  2. To make this popular Japanese street food, you will need a special taroyaki pan to mold the mixture into balls. Pour the batter into the individual taroyaki cups and add the octopus and shrimp on top.
  3. Grill the taroyaki, turning over each ball with a toothpick.
  4. After the balls are cooked, add dried bonito flakes, seaweed powder, takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise.  

Okonomiyaki

Do not be intimidated by the complicated appearance of okonomiyaki. This famous Japanese street food is very easy to make.  

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour 
  • 4 cups cabbage
  • 6 strips bacon
  • 1 cup shrimp
  1. Whisk the water, eggs and flour together. Add the cabbage and diced shrimp into the mixture.
  2. Mold the mixture into small pancakes and cook on a griddle.
  3. Add the bacon strips on top. 

Fried Potato Balls

Fried potato balls is one Japanese street food that is extremely easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 4 potatoes
  • 3 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups corn starch 
  1. Oil boil the potatoes until softened. Mash potatoes together with minced pork. 
  2. Roll the mixture into balls and then dip them in corn starch, followed by the egg, followed by the panko bread crumbs. 
  3. Deep fry the balls and you will have created one of the most famous Japanese street foods.

Chicken Tatsuta

These deep fried chicken nuggets are not difficult to make.  

Ingredients:

  • 4 diced chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. sake
  • 2 tsp. ginger juice
  • 1 tbsp. Mirin
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  1. Marinate the chicken with ginger, soy sauce, Mirin and sake.  
  2. Preheat oil in a frying pan until it reaches 330 degrees.
  3. Fry the chicken nuggets until golden. 

 

 

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