When we hear about Japanese food what is the first thing come in our mind? Sushi ? yes it is. Surprisingly, believe it or not, Tokyo (the capital city of Japan) is the city that has the most Michelin starred restaurants than any other country in the world. Japanese food, it is often said, is to be eaten with eyes. The Japanese chef always respect the legacy of the elders which they call it “The art of Japanese food.” They not only concern about the taste, but they always take serious thought about the presentation. Have we ever seen a dish that is looked exactly like a piece of art? This is the reason why Japan is very famous compare to the other city. In 2015 Tokyo was named as the “ World’s best food city” by the Saveur magazine. Here is the five most luxurious Japanese food.
Fugu is the Japanese word for pufferfish and the dish prepared from it. The preparation of this food is controlled by law in Japan and several other countries, because of its poison, and only chefs who have qualified after three or more years of professional training are allowed to prepare the fish. A full-course fugu meal will start at $100 per person.
- Squared Watermelon
The practice of squared watermelon is very popular in Japan. Having its practical reason, space is tight everywhere especially Japanese refrigerator, make this fruit is extremely expensive. They are sold in special fruit store in Japan for around $200. In Moscow, wealthy Russian is buying this luxurious fruit for up to $800.
Toro is the fatty belly of the tuna and is commonly used for sushi. What makes this food become very expensive is the rareness of the blue fin tuna. An auction usually takes place in the Tsukiji market for this massive fish (500 – 1,000 pounds). True toro is only taken from blue fin tuna and is graded according to its marbling. The most valuable toro, known as otoro, which is a piece of fat belly that is taken from underside of the fish close to the head. A lesser grade, chutoro, comes from the belly in the middle and back of the fish. In 2013, Kiyoshi Kimura, the owner of a Japanese sushi restaurant chain, paid $1.76 million for the first Bluefin at Tsukiji, which weighed 489 pounds. But fear not ! farmed variants are available. Expect to pay at least $25 for a very thin silver slice.
- kaiseki cuisine
Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. The term also refers to the collection of skills and techniques that allow the preparation of such meals, and is analogous to Western haute cuisine. Kaiseki dinners at top traditional restaurants generally cost from $125 to $340 without drinks.
Suppon is the Japanese name for soft-shelled turtle. It is considered both power food and extravagant delicacy in Japan. The heart is often mixed with sake and egg are eaten raw. A fully suppon set meal is not cheap. Expect to pay over $100 USD to being able to have once in a lifetime experience.