Kumamoto is the city of wealth and fresh cuisines, delicious foods, diversity of taste in foods. All thanks to Kumamoto natural ground water resource which makes Kumamoto “Japan No.1 tasty ground water city”. Thus a fruitful producer of delicious vegetables, Jersey milk products of Mount Aso, Amakusa seafood.
You may have experienced various Japanese dishes all across the world but never tasted like Kumamoto food. Here are top 5 best dishes for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, fish-lovers, meat-lovers.
Basashi (Horse Meat):
Basashi is a raw horse meat. Eating horse meat may be awkward for some countries but, it is the most famous local food in Kumamoto. Many restaurants and supermarkets serve fresh and delicious raw horse meat. The local people said pay high, get good and quality taste.
How to eat : Dipped in vinegar sauce or soy sauce mixed with ginger. If you can eat WASABI (hot and spicy taste), then try it with WASABI also!
Dangojiru (Vegetable Soup):
Dangojiru is best for the vegetarians. Dango means “ball” and jiru means “soup”. The test is just yummy because the Kumamoto’s local vegetables. It is the most satisfied cuisine for veg-lovers and best options in winter season.
Japanese people love seasonally vegetables to have the greatest flavor and high nutrition. The ingredients are noodles made from floors, vegetables such as mushrooms, spring onion, carrot, reddish, burdock roots and more..
Sushi and Sashimi (Raw Fish):
Sushi and Sashmi are a raw fish and the most popular food in Japan. The difference between Sushi and Sashimi is Sushi is placed on the rice and Sashimi doesn’t. There are various sushi and sashimi restaurants in Japan but, Kumamoto’s Sushi/Sashimi are one of the most fresh as well as delicious sushi in Japan because of Amakuasa.
It is the most satisfied cuisine for fish-lovers and great for high nutrition. Grilling, boiling, deep frying are the other way to have the various taste.
How to eat: The best way to eat with vinegar sauce, mustered paste. If you can eat WASABI (hot and spicy taste), then try it with WASABI also!
Yakiniku (Grilled beef):
Yakiniku is literally a grilled beef. But all the restaurants also serve grilled pork, chicken because of customers demands. Thanks to Mount Aso and Kumamoto that blessed with most delicious Wagyu meet.
Wagyu means a limited brands of meat like Japanese Brown, Japanese Black, Japanese Shorthorn etc.. The unique of wagyu meat includes soft and juicy texture also delicious taste. It is the most satisfied cuisine for meat-lovers.
How to eat: Grilled the meat and dipped into vinegar sauce or soy sauce, then eat. Some restaurants also serves their own flavored sauce.
Donburi (Mix of Meat & Fish):
Donburi is a rice bowl with roast red wagyu beef, pork, seafood. There are verity of donburi dishes. The best part is that, you can choose the ingredients as per your own choice. Such as rice with fish and other seafood; rice with beef; rice with pork,
Other mix ingredients are egg, spring onion sauce, vinegar sauce, Japanese sake, carrot, reddish, burdock roots, green leaves and more..
How to eat: Mix vinegar sauce, soy sauce, sesame flavored dressing, ginger then eat. Some restaurants also serves their own flavored sauce.
Kumamoto Ramen (Japanese Noodles):
Ramen is a Japanese noodles made by floor. The base is pork soup. The noodles used in Kumamoto ramen is thin and chewy. It has a strong and rich taste.
The ingredients are noodles made from floors, roast pork slice, miso, garlic chips, ginger, bean sprout, spring onion, leek etc.. It is the most satisfied cuisine for noodle-lovers and strong taste-lovers.
Eating raw meat or fish are always a controversial. Does it safe or not? Does it tasty or not? Let you know that, Kumamoto is blessed with its natural ground water resource which makes Kumamoto “Japan No.1 tasty ground water city”. So, all the cuisines have their natural taste and very fresh.
Non-vegetarian or meat-lovers can taste Yakitori. Such as, grilled beef/pork/chicken, roast-beef (Donburi). Fish lovers- sushi or sashimi can taste either raw or boil or either grilled or deep fried.
On the other hand, vegetarian can try Dangojiru. If you can, once try Basashi just for the taste. Hope it will help you to find your own choose of foods.