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Yoshoku (Japanese-style Western Food) 洋食

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Yoshoku (洋食)
is western food adapted to the Japanese palate. This style of cuisine started in the Meiji restoration period, 1868-1012, when, after centuries of isolation, Japanese citizens began traveling to  other countries and learning about the cuisine outside of Japan. So, Yoshoku also means uniquely developed Japanese-style western dishes.

The classic Yoshoku dishes includes curry rice, ebi fry (fried shrimp), and Korokke (croquette made with potatoes and meat). Some of these influences are reflected in the popularity in Japan, of sauces such as ketchup or Worcestershire, as well as bread.

Yoshoku has a special appeal of nostalgia to the Japanese. It is an icon of the Showa period, and the never-changing taste of the classic dishes bring back people’s memories. A great place to feel the nostalgia is authentic Koshoku restaurants called “Yoshoku ya” (洋食屋) or “Yoshoku ten” (洋食店).

You can αlso eat Yoshoku dishes in other places, too. Family restaurants called “Famiresu” are casual and inexpensive chain restaurants. Okosama lunch is a popular item at famiresu. It is a plate of selected Koshoku dishes specially made for children. Some of the Japanese-style cafes called “Kissaten” (喫茶店) serve yoshoku dishes too.

Most Yoshoku dishes will be eaten with silverware instead of chopsticks, rice at Yoshoku restaurant is served on a plate instead of in a rice bowl.

Popular Yoshoku menu items:

Furai(フライ)Breaded and deep-fried items such as shrimp, scallops, fish, oysters

Napolitan (ナポリタン ) Spaghetti with ketchup based sauce

Omuraisu(オムライス) An omelet willed with ketchup-flavored rice

Other Yoshoku menu items:

Hamba-gu(ハンバーグ)A meatloaf-like burger served with demi-glace sauce, but without a bun

Kare-raisu (カレーライス) Curry with rice

Korokke (コロッケ) Creamy croquettes, sometimes filled with seafood such as crab

Menchi Katsu(メンチカツ) Breaded and deep-fried hamburger to which chopped onions have been added

Omuretsu(オムレツ) Omelet

Guratan(グラタン)Gratin dishes often macaroni or seafood in cream sauce with cheese

Doria (ドリア) Rice casserole with a white sauce

Hayashi raise (ハヤシライス) Beef stew in a demi-glace sauce

Bi-fu shichu (ビーフシチュー) Beef stew

Bi-fu sute-ki(ビーフステーキ) Beef steak

Roru kyabettsu(ロールキャベツ)Cabbage rolls with tomato sauce


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* Reference of this article : Food Sake Tokyo (The Terroir Guides) , 外国人がいちばん食べたい和食90選

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