When you ask your Japanese friend what their favorite Western cuisine is, you may be surprised with his/her answer. Omu-rice? Croquette? Napolitan? Yoshoku, or Japanese-style Western cuisine, originated during the Meiji Restoration when the country opened its doors to Europe and America in the 1860’s. Western countries not only brought western law, weapons, and other restorations, but western food as well. Nowadays, most Japanese consider yoshoku to be Japanese. Here are some popular yoshoku dishes:
Curry: introduced through Western culture, although it originally comes from India. The curry is often sold in boxes as solids which you dissolve.
Hamburg/hambaagu: ground beef steak covered in demiglace sauce. Similar to a Salisbury steak
Omu-rice: ketchup flavored rice (with cut up vegetables) covered with an omelet on top
Napolitan spaghetti: stir-fried spaghetti and vegetables with ketchup
Gratin: baked dish usually made of vegetables, some sort of meat or fish, cheese, and white sauce.
Hayashi-rice: A demiglace sauce with tomato juice and hashed beef served over rice.
Ebi fry: deep fried, breaded shrimp
Croquette: deep fried, breaded ground beef/potatoes. Another popular version is the kani-cream croquette； filled with cream of crab instead of ground beef and potatoes.
Okosama lunch: A kids meal that consists of smaller portions of yoshoku such as Napolitan spaghetti, hamburg, and omu-rice with a minature flag on top.