CuisinePosted on 16.10.2018

Our Top 5 Japanese Dishes That Aren’t Sushi

It’s hard to imagine Japanese cuisine without thinking of sushi – it’s become incredibly popular with so many variations and is a perfect healthy treat for any day of the week in our eyes. However, it’s also important to explore the many other dishes that the Japanese cuisine offers! So with that in mind, Just Eat has put together our top 5 Japanese dishes that aren’t sushi – so now you can suggest dishes for that one friend who doesn’t want to order food from the Japanese restaurant because they don’t like sushi!

Yaki Udon

This is one of our favourite dishes full stop. Japanese or not, this is definitely a must try dish! Yaki Udon, in essence, is a stir-fry dish that has a hearty base of thick udon noodles cooked with pork (typically), and vegetables in a soy-based sauce. It’s incredibly popular all over Japan because of its simplicity and consumed as a late night snack there. We don’t know about you but it sounds like the perfect dish to curl up with on a cold Autumn night from Takura.


If you haven’t heard of Mochi – then boy is today your lucky day! Mochi is life. It’s also a delicious Japanese rice cake – the rice is pounded into a paste and then molded into small circles. It can be served in both savory and sweet formats but the sweet versions are very popular for holidays in Japan – most prominently around New Year celebrations. Some popular flavours of sweet mochi include coconut, sweet red bean, vanilla, sweet pumpkin and so many more. We don’t even know why you’re still reading this! Go get some mochi from KuRaudo this instant!


A pretty popular Japanese dish, but if you’re looking to change up your order from sushi, then this is definitely a good option. Chinese wheat noodles are served in a soy/miso broth and have a wide range of toppings depending on your order but traditionally it includes, sliced pork, seaweed, menma, and green onions. The broth by itself is perfect but it all together makes for one mean meal! A perfect choice for the upcoming winter nights. Wagamama has a pretty epic selection of Ramen dishes that are pretty much all winners in our eyes.

Japanese Curry

All in all, this is a fairly simple dish! Curry was introduced to Japan by the British (I know, right) and since then it’s skyrocketed in popularity. Like most curries, a wide variety of meats and vegetables are used to create a different version of a Japanese curry. The basic additions are carrot, onion, and potato. Whereas meat options tend to be most commonly chicken, beef or pork. All variations of this dish are served with rice. And that’s it! Simple and tasty – just what we need.


This dish is a great choice, should you come across it. A dish that is becoming increasingly popular in Japan, the dish is made up of a bowl of rice topped with a deep-fried pork cutlet, egg, vegetables, and seasoning of your choice. The dish is also rather popular with Japanese students as the dishes name ‘Katsu’ means, to win or be victorious, so maybe it’s something to consider if you have an exam coming up this semester in college!

Want to know more about Japanese cuisine near you? You can discover all of the Japanese dishes that are just a tap away from being delivered to your door tonight with Just Eat – it’s that simple!