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Yoshoku: A Western Twist on Japanese Food

July 11, 2016

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The Familiar Taste of Yoshoku

For visitors to Japan, yoshoku is practically unknown, since it is rarely served in Japanese eating establishments abroad. Most visitors want to try the traditional dishes such as sushi, yakitori, udon or even okonomiyaki when they're in Japan, but sometimes by chance they'll stumble upon a family restaurant or a cafe which serves yoshoku. Some visitors can actually find comfort in the familiar taste of yoshoku, especially if they're just getting acquainted with Japanese food and want a taste of home.

In the recent years, yoshoku has experienced a fashionable comeback, thanks to the wave of nostalgia associated to all things related to the Showa era (1926-1989). Some Japanese celebrity chefs even re-introduced contemporary versions of classics. A fixture of daily life and home cooked meals in Japan, yoshoku dishes also make up the majority of the menus at Japan's largest chain diners. In other words, it's safe to say yoshoku is always a favorite, and is here to stay!

Text: Vivian Morelli

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