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10 top ingredients in Japanese cuisine

Japanese cuisine is a reflection of its culture. It could be defined as simple, elegant, healthy and full of contrasts, a perfect minimalism that conquers even the most demanding palates. 

Rice is one of the most frequent and representative ingredients, timing and types of cooking are also very important and are used to enhance the flavors. For example: there are steamed, fried or grilled dishes. In addition to this characteristic, it is very common to play with textures to add a final touch to the dishes. 

These are the 10 ingredients that should be in most classic dishes or in your kitchen if you want to prepare some Japanese recipes. 


Rice is short grain, slightly sweet tasting and slightly sticky so it can be eaten with chopsticks. 

Rice vinegar

A vinegar made from fermented rice and much less acidic than conventional vinegars. Rice vinegar has become popular as a staple in the preparation of sushi rice, although it’s also used in various sauces and for seasoning salads.

Soy sauce

Natural soy is a staple for cooking, seasoning or even used as salt. It’s used for sushi rolls, bows and many other dishes.

Nori seaweed

It’s a type of something used for onigiri or makis, it has a salty taste and soft texture. 


Panko is Japanese breadcrumbs, used for "breading" other foods such as meat or vegetables. It’s a little thicker and crunchier than western breadcrumbs.


Miso is made from fermented soybeans. To obtain a paste, it’s mixed with salt and rice. Miso paste is the basis of the well-known miso soup, but it’s also used to flavor various dishes, such as meats.

10 top ingredients in Japanese cuisine


Tofu can be used in different ways depending on the dish. It is low in calories, high in protein and calcium, and has a soft texture.


It’s a sweet sake especially used for cooking. With a 50% sugar content, it’s used to sweeten dishes, reduce the odor of fish and give a glazed appearance to certain vegetables and sauces.


One of the most contrasting ingredients in Japanese cuisine, wasabi is a spicy root with a particular flavor that is often used as an accompaniment to fish dishes. 

Wakame seaweed

It is one of the most popular seaweeds in Japanese cuisine. It is often used in soups and salads. 

If you want to visit one of the best Japanese restaurants in Cancun and discover all the combinations and variables of these ingredients, come to Tora. Tora is a culinary jewel located in Bohemian Square, the new complex of Grupo RosaNegra.

Si deseas conocer uno de los mejores restaurantes japoneses en Cancún y descubrir todas las combinaciones y variables de estos ingredientes, visita Tora. Tora es una joya culinaria ubicada en Bohemian Square, el novedoso complejo de  Grupo RosaNegra.


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