Is Japanese food REALLY that good? What foods do foreigners recommend?
Shrimp Whopper, and you would never ever find that anywhere else. It’s fresh always, in japan. – Kalake
– Oh..? – Karage!
– Right! Hey guys, it’s Cathy Cat! Today we’re going to ask foreigners about Japanese food. There might be some nice food recommendations in there for you So be sure to watch it right to the end and don’t forget! We are also a channel that uploads quite frequently so don’t forget to subscribe so you, don’t, miss any of the future videos that that we put up here on the Ask Japanese channel. So now let’s go on the streets of Tokyo and ask foreigners in Japan! Okay, where you from? I am from the United States of America. I’m from Indiana. But yeah, Columbus India. Very small town, in Columbus. And that’s where we met originally, in there, visiting. Yeah, their first time in japan Well for me, I just came to Japan. Four, four days ago, for the first time. It is great, it’s interesting. Maybe it’s like, just like spices and the combination of things is interesting. Like to me, that there’s such thing here at Burger King. As a… Shrimp Whopper, and you would never ever find that anywhere else. You, would not find that in the United States, where I’m from. But… Yeah, to me that’s definitely one of the things that makes it interesting. You can’t find things like that anywhere else in the world. At least , not that I know of. But… Definitely the way things are put together. You, the way they put things together and you think… Who?! Who did that? What’s that about? But a lot of times it works. Then you’re like… What was your like, “who does that?!” kind of moment? Well, initially when I got here it was a shrimp burger… Now it’s like… Desserts they have. Like… I’ve had like, a tomato jelly as a dessert which is interesting. And a lot of times… You know, whether it’s bean paste or something that’s really not… what I think of as a dessert. So that’s interesting to me, are the… the desserts and what they think of as a sweet treat versus what i would describe as a dessert. Very different. Mentioning that, what’s your favorite Japanese food? I love, Sushi. I’m a Sushi lover. I haven’t had a lot, cause I’m pregnant But… Yeah. So sushi is probably, my top my go-to. Well, I don’t know if this is actually Japanese. I went to Coco’s carry… CURRY, the other day and it was very good! I also had like, real Ramen actual Ramen for the first time ever, recently at lunch today and it was very good! What’s your opinion on ramen? Just the spices and the flavors that were in it. It was very interesting. And it had like, bamboo in it. And I didn’t knew it was bamboo, I thought it was chicken. And that was another thing that was interesting, didn’t expect to find me doing that. But it was pretty good! Yeah, we had Ramen for lunch today it’s very good. And I think, we in America, think of Ramen is the little instant packages of noodles that cost like, you know… 30 cents and… Very different! Ramen here is much more complicated and much much more delicious! So, you know have like Ramen stores? Like.. Like here in japan, do you have that in America? You have like, you can buy like, Ramen by the box in a grocery store. The idea is to get a lot of food, for not a lot of money. So it’s very cheap, but the quality is not great. But a lot of people eat it! Yeah… You can find multiple packages for under a dollar, yeah… So very very inexpensive option. Very different, didn’t know about that. Right! I just had the image that like a couple of Japanese people moved over to America to open like, their own Noodle shop but… Than not so much… In a lot of more like, Sushi restaurants they will have a Ramen soup. But I’ve never had Ramen in America anywhere like here. Yeah, I’ve had you know There’s tempura, and there’s very similar soups. Like, we have Udon more, I feel like in America than we do Ramen. In my experience, yeah. Actual Ramen. Ramen is actually generally unflavored. But there’s not actually anything in it. I think. I believe… So there is beef flavored or there is shrimp flavored I mean chicken flavored but it doesn’t actually have anything in it, it’s just the Noodles. In here there’s lots of stuff in it which was an interesting surprise it is way different than… They’re called the same thing but the perspectives could not be more different. Hey! Where you’re from? I’m French and he’s Australian, and we live in Madrid. That is so international! First time in Japan? Yes it is! Everyone says Japanese food is so good. What exactly do you think is so good about Japanese food? Well, I like the variety and like the Ramen, Sushi, and the curry… But… For me it’s like, my favorite food so I’m happy with the Wagyu beef with the raw fish, raw salmon… So i really like it. But like, the vision we have about Sushi… Like, westernised. It’s quite… different. Because I am used to it. Like, the California Roll and here I cannot find it anywhere. I haven’t found it yet. So… So I think the vision we have is a bit difference of what it really is but, still very interesting and very good. So what exactly do you think is so good about the food? Like, what do you personally like about the food? I think it’s very fresh. Like, when you talk about the fish. Like it’s, you can eat raw fish and then be fine about it. In every places here. About the flavors as well. If you have… Like a Ramen or a soup or salad, there’s more like lots of herbs. Coriander flavours, yeah… So that’s what I like. What about him, maybe. So what’s so unique about Japanese food? What’s good about it? Well I’ll have to copy here and say the freshness, definitely. And I think also the quality, because people here don’t seem to settle for second-best. Even on the street food. I think it’s still good quality, so. Definitely. Quality, how do you feel that? How do i feel? Yeah, as I said. I think it’s just good it’s just good quality and it’s… You don’t seem to get scraps anywhere it’s all prime cuts etc. So… Couple of other people we talked to had mentioned Ramen. So, is there Ramen in your country and if so, is a different from the Ramen here in Japan? So, you said you were from…? Russia. – And you?
– Russia. – We’re both.
– Right! Comparing your food here and with Japanese food, people say Japanese food is very nice. What do you personally think is good about Japanese food? You’re gonna have a lot of a variety of the same foods. You just eat it and it’s cheap like hell. I don’t know, so… Yes, and Russia is has nothing. And ah! And it’s fresh, always in Japan. And all the sweet things… I don´t know, I just love to eat it. That´s why I… – Came to Japan?
– Yes. I almost weight especially for Japan to gain and to gain in Japan. – Eat all the food.
– Yes! What, like what’s good? Is there anything you like about it? Like you know, taste the looks of it, anything? Melon pan. And… This is my passion and my profession I think. Right! Melonpan is your passion and your profession. So Melonpan is your favorite, what’s your favorite? It’s hard to choose from. Okonomiyaki, Udon, Ramen… We’re you’re from? I’m from Hong Kong, nice to meet you guys! And you watch Ask Japanese, thank you! I think maybe because of appearance and the atmosphere and the store interior, they merge together and you feel relaxed and enjoy. When the food comes, it looks very nice. And it looks yummy. And… It’s so good. The visual, everything. Everything you see. Everything, they match together. And the atmosphere, they match together. And when you taste the food… Wow! It’s so nice, yeah. What’s your favorite Japanese food then? – Kalage?
– Oh…? – Karage!
– Right! Ramen… But isn’t there good Ramen in Hong Kong? Yeah, Ichiran Ramen. They also… We can enjoy, Ichiran Ramen in Hong Kong and other Ramen. From Hong Kong people and from Japanese people they have Ramen restaurants in Hong Kong. Now I’m really curious. What’s the difference between you know, Hong Kong Ramen and Japanese Ramen? What… Does it taste different? I think the biggest difference is When you’re in Hong Kong and you taste Japanese Ramen it’s totally different when you taste Japanese Ramen, in Japan. The atmosphere. The surroundings. Makes you feel… Your taste, it stays better. In Japan than Hong Kong because if atmosphere. And you feel relaxed because you’re travelling. So, if I… Do people local… Is there like a, like Hong Kong type of Ramen. Like noodle soup or something? Cause I heard that Ramen originally comes from China. Yeah, yeah, yeah. In Hong Kong, we have so called – Wonton noodle.
– Yeah, yeah! – Do you know that?
– Ah, yes! It’s so famous in Hong Kong. Have you tried it before? Erm… I only know the Wonton, like the little pouches. Dumpling? So if you guys have time to travel to Hong Kong. Please try Wonton Noodles. I don’t know how to say… Wonton Ramen, Wonton Noodles. It’s good to try. Yeah. Right! So it’s not the Wonton dumpling it’s actually noodles out of Wonton? It’s Wonton with noodles. Imagine if they… They combine it together. You have Wonton and noodles. Good! Now we’ve got a food recommendation there as well if you go to Hong Kong, that’s all the things you to to try! – Thank you very much!
– Thank you so much! So guys, some of the most amazing food I’ve ever tried I actually did try in Japan. Seriously I had foods that I didn’t even thought existed. Things that I wasn’t even sure you could eat and actually we’ve done a couple of videos on the Ask Japanese channel as well where we talk about different types of food or where we had the pleasure to try food. So. Oh, and we do a couple of food challenges as well. So if you don’t want to miss these food challenges be sure to check out. We’re going to put a couple of videos links at the end of the video. And if you’re new to this channel, don’t forget to subscribe. So guys, that is the most tastiest food in your country? I’d like to know. Please leave us comments so we can, maybe check out some future nice foods. Thank you very much for watching and I’ll catch you soon. Bye!