29 Amazing Food And Drinks You Need To Try In Japan

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Unagi No Kabayaki

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Unagi is the Japanese word for fresh-water eel, and kabayaki is made by brushing the eel fillets with a sweetened soy sauce based kabayaki sauce and broiling them on a grill. It was popular during the Edo period ( 1603-1868) during the summer months to gain stamina. Kabayaki can be done with other types of fish like mackerel. But if you want to try the original, nothing beats unagi. And this is fresh water eel, as the saltwater kind (anago) are not used. But the eel is quite poisonous if not cooked, so even unagi sushi is never raw. The Japanese really won’t eat anything dangerous. Well except for the dreaded puffer fish. But that is not on this list anyway, so don’t worry.