Ramen (Japanese noodles)

Oh Ramen! So good, so, so good. You have probably tried it in your home country, but until you have actually come to Japan and had a proper Ramen, you haven’t had the real experience. Ramen is basically noodles in a soup or broth, and is especially great in the winter or on a coldContinue reading “Ramen (Japanese noodles)”

Yakisoba (Fried Noodles)

Most people have already tried Japanese noodles, Yakisoba, before in their home country, but they are a little different in Japan. They make for a very cheap meal, and with all the vegetables can be reasonably healthy. Yakisoba is basically stir-fried noodles with pork, plus vegetables such as cabbage, carrot or bean sprouts. You canContinue reading “Yakisoba (Fried Noodles)”

Chahan (Fried Rice)

Known as Japanese fried rice in the west, Chahan is a super simple and super cheap dish. Chahan usually contains pork, egg and some vegetables, and most restaurants have slightly different types of Chahan. It is often served in a discount set with Gyoza dumplings or Ramen. Price: From 220 yen (about $2) Name inContinue reading “Chahan (Fried Rice)”

Curry Rice

Japanese curry. Some love it (me!), for some nothing to write home about. But it’s something that has to be tried and is one of the cheapest lunch and dinner options for budget travellers in Japan. The sauce is probably sweeter than most foreigners are used to, and the standard options are not too spicy.Continue reading “Curry Rice”

Gyudon – Japan’s essential budget meal

Gyudon is to Japanese people what the burger is to Americans. Or what a fish and chips are to the British. Cheap, fatty and quick, they make for great food for those on the go who don’t want to spend too much. Gyudon, sometimes known in English as beef bowl, is a simple Japanese bowlContinue reading “Gyudon – Japan’s essential budget meal”

Top 5 Places for a Cheap Bento

A great way to cheaply try lots of different types of Japanese food is to visit a bento (Japanese lunch box) shop.  Avoid the expensive train station bento shops, and try these!  You will find the below in almost any area of Japan. 5. Tenya 天丼てんや Tenya offers a wide selection of cheap tempura (deep-fried fishContinue reading “Top 5 Places for a Cheap Bento”