5. Vegetable and Seafood Tempura
10. Tamago gohan
What is it? Thick, wheat flour noodles.
Think of these as the rigatoni of the Japanese noodle world — they're heartier and chewier than Chinese-style ramen noodles, and surprisingly easy to make on your own. Recipe here.
What is it? A log of rolled, cooked egg.
This side dish elevates the humble egg into a layered, savory creation slightly sweetened with mirin (sweet rice wine) and sugar. Though most traditional recipes use a rectangular tamagoyaki pan to achieve the classic log shape, you can use a 9- to 10-inch pan for a similar result. Recipe here.
What is it? Noodles stir-fried with vegetables and pork.
Curly ramen-style noodles and semi-sweet yakisoba sauce are basically the only prerequisites for this dish — feel free to vary the recipe with your own choice of beef, seafood, or tofu, and vegetables like snow peas and broccoli. Recipe here.
What is it? Japanese-style deep-fried croquettes.
What's there not to love about deep-fried mashed potatoes? Recipe here.