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Popular Japanese Spicy Foods

If you’re looking for a culinary adventure, then you can’t go wrong with exploring the popular spicy foods of Japan. Japanese cuisine is renowned for its variety, and the country’s love of spicy flavors is no exception. From traditional dishes to modern creations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of the most popular Japanese spicy foods that you should try.


Takoyaki: Takoyaki is a popular street food in Japan. It is a ball-shaped snack made from batter and filled with diced octopus, tempura scraps, pickled ginger, and green onion. The snack is then cooked in a special pan and brushed with a special takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise. The final product is a savory and spicy snack.


Yakitori: Yakitori is a type of skewered chicken that is grilled over charcoal. It is usually seasoned with a sweet and spicy teriyaki sauce. The chicken is usually served with a side of shichimi togarashi, which is a blend of spices including red chili pepper, black sesame seeds, and orange peel.

Karashi Mentaiko: Karashi Mentaiko is a popular condiment in Japan. It is made from marinated pollock roe that is mixed with chili pepper and other spices. It is usually served as a topping for rice or used as a dip for vegetables.


Udon: Udon is a type of thick Japanese noodle that is usually served in a spicy broth. The broth is made from soy sauce, mirin, and chili pepper. Udon is usually served with a variety of toppings such as tempura, vegetables, and fish cake.

Shichimi Togarashi: Shichimi Togarashi is a popular Japanese spice blend that is made from seven different ingredients, including red chili pepper, black sesame seeds, and orange peel. It is used to add a spicy kick to many dishes including ramen, udon, and yakitori.

These are just a few of the popular spicy foods of Japan. Whether you’re looking for a savory snack or a spicy condiment, Japan has something for everyone. So why not explore the country’s delicious spicy flavors and add some heat to your next meal?

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