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What is “yōshoku”? (About Japanese “Western Food” | Ichimon Japan 60

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On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: What is yōshoku?

Topics Discussed

  • What yōshoku is?
  • About Japanese style Western food is
  • What qualifies as yōshoku
  • When yōshoku emerged
  • The history of yōshoku
  • The supposed origin of tempura
  • How Japan began adopting more foreign ingredients and cuisine during the Meiji Period
  • About Japan’s first yōshoku restaurant in Nagasaki
  • Examples of yōshoku
  • About the Japanese dish curry rice
  • About omuraisu
  • About korokke
  • About hamburg/hamburg steak
  • About hayashi rice
  • About tonkatsu
  • The peculiar way Edokko supposedly eat tonkatsu
  • And much more!

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Japanese Vocabulary List

Most episodes feature at least one or two interesting Japanese words or phrases. Here’s some of the ones that came up on this episode. All information is from Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC.

  • Yōshoku
    • 洋食 【ようしょく】 (n) (1) (See 和食) Western food; Western dish; Western cooking; (n) (2) Japanized Western cuisine

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