If you asking Thai people about their favourite food from foreign countries, they may answer you “Japanese Food” for sure. Thais like Japanese food so much so that there are many restaurants from Japan opened in Thailand, and it is easily to find the Japanese restaurants in department stores and Japanese areas such Silom, Sukhumvit, etc.
Example of Popular Japanese Food in Thailand
Ramen is a wheat noodle dish that has the name varied by its soup, for example, Shoyu Ramen (soy sauce based soup), Miso Ramen (Miso paste soup), Shio Ramen (salt based soup), Tonkotsu Ramen (milky pork-bone broth). For the meat and other ingredients for ramen are called Topping which usually consist of Chashu (slices of grilled pork), boiled egg, seaweed, onion, mushroom, corn, etc.
Sushi is cooked vinegared rice served with Shuyu (Soy sause) and Wasabi. There are many types of sushi and usually combined with varied ingredients such as sweet grilled egg, salmon, tuna, roasted freshwater eel, squid, shrimp, roe, etc. The prices of Sushi in Thailand start from 5 THB (It can be found at street food shops) to over 100THB.
Sashimi is made from raw fish sliced into thin pieces such as salmon, tuna, saba and other raw meat such as squid, shrimp, scallop, sea urchin, etc. Normally, Sashimi is served with Shuyu and Wasabi as same as Sushi.
Tempura is deep fried meat and vegetables. It is commonly served with cooked rice and dipping sauce made from soy sauce and mashed radish. There are various ingredients of Tempura, for example, shrimp, squid, spinach, eggplant, pumpkin, sweet pepper and mushrooms.
Donburi is a rice bowl dish and usually served in round bowl. The sample menus of Donburi are Kyudon (meat), Katsudon (deep-fried pork cutlets), Tendo (Tempura), Tamagodon (scrambled egg), Unadon (grilled eel), etc.
Karei is Curry in English. It can be served with cooked rice or Udon (Japanese thick noodle). The common ingredients of Karei are beef or pork, potato, carrot, onion, etc. Besides, it can be eaten with deep-fried chicken, shrimp, pork cutlets as well as Omurice (omelette with fried rice).
Bento in Japan is a takeout rice box meal, while in Thailand, it is a set of Japanese meal in a box-shaped container, consisting of rice, meat or fish, pickled vegetables. Bento are usually served in Japanese restaurant in Thailand and has quite high price comparing with other a la cart menu.
Yakiniku is grilling meat such as beef, pork, seafood on the charcoal brazier like barbecue in Western. In Thailand, there are a lot of buffet-style Yakiniku restaurants which have a wide range of price depending on the menu and quality of meet in the set.
Shabu Shabu is a hotpot-style meal which consists of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in soup and eaten with dipping-sauce. This is one of popular Japanese food in Thailand, and most Shabu Shabu restaurants are buffet-style as same as Yakiniku.