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Japan is very popular with its traditional street food vendors, also known as yatai. These street vendors offer a variety of food from sweet to savory snacks.

People often travel to Japan to visit their street market that occurs quite often. Some Japanese street markets open early in the morning and some are operating at night.

These markets offer a vast selection of food that even Japanese salarymen would go there to grab lunch or dinner.

These dishes are not sold by regular restaurants, however, it is not uncommon that restaurants also serving it.

We are going to explore several Japanese street foods, such as Yakitori, Karaage, Korokke, and Edamame.

1. Yakitori

Yakitori is grilled chicken skewers made from bite-sized pieces of meat from all different parts of the chicken.

It is a very famous Japanese dish. Its popularity has reached to Western countries, such as the US and Europe.

It can be served salty or sweet with teriyaki sauce, depending on people’s preference. Yakitori is a type of kushiyaki (grilled or skewered food).

Yakitori is prepared with skewering the meat into a type of skewer typically made of steel, bamboo, or similar materials. Afterward, they are grilled over a charcoal fire and then typically seasoned with sauce or salt during or after cooking.

2. Karaage

Chicken Karaage

Karaage is cooked through the Japanese cooking method of dry-frying. This method of cooking makes the meat succulent on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Karage can be used for frying various meats and fish, but the most common ingredients are with chicken.

Karaage can be prepared for an appetizer or main course. As an appetizer, Karaage usually comes with several pieces of meat at the beginning of the course. As the main course, Karage usually comes with rice or salad.

3. Korokke

Korokke is the Japanese name for croquette, which is a French deep fry dish. It is usually made from mixing chopped veggies with meat and mashed potatoes.

This dish is very famous in Japan and can be found in almost every supermarket and convenience store in Japan.

There are many varieties of korokke, such as potato korokke, meat korokke, tuna korokke, vegetable korokke, curry korokke, ham and cheese korokke, and many more.

4. Edamame


Edamame is a form of immature soybeans. It is referred to as vegetable type soybeans. Soybeans are one of the world’s most popular and versatile food.

It is traditionally eaten in Asia but is gaining popularity in Western countries.

Edamame beans are usually sold still encased in their pods. These edamame pods are not to be eaten.

Edamame is popular because they are easy to heat up and very durable. It is usually sold as frozen food and only requires 2 to 3 minutes of heating time.

Traditionally, edamame is added into the stew, soup, and noodle dishes. However, these days people are eating edamame as snacks or finger food.

Check out here for more information on the health benefit of edamame.

These are only several popular dishes that can be found in Yatai or Japanese Street Market. If you want to try some of this food, check out our Yatai page on Moku Coffee website. Moku Coffee now can deliver Japanese street food to your doorsteps.

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