Ramen is an extremely popular dish in Japan as well as in America, probably because of the well-known Naruto (whose favorite dish is ramen). It is usually cheap, but the taste is irresistible! In restaurants, ramen is served along with various meats and vegetables to ensure a healthy and refreshing meal, which has been a concern in America lately.
In Japan, ramen’s broth is used different among regions. It can come with miso or soy sauce, but the most popular broth is a salt-based broth. Beside ramen restaurants, you can get a cup of ramen in almost every Asian convenience store. They also have free hot water ready for a quick meal on-the-go.
Sushi is pressed rice mixed with vinegar and served with thin slices of raw fish. The fish can be served lying on top of a small rectangle piece of rice or rolled into a tube and covered with seaweed (then they cut it into small bite size circles). There is also sushi made with fresh vegetables and hard-boiled eggs (or maybe fried eggs), as well as cooked seafood. Sushi’s so famous that no more word is needed!
Onigiri is known as lunch box dish in Japan, which is really popular. You can find onigiri in every Japanese convenience store in the States and have it for a quick meal. Onigiri is a ball of pressed rice with a little bit of fish (or plum) in the center. The whole onigiri is then covered with seaweed. Normally onigiri is pressed into a triangle shape and filled with salmon, which is sometimes replaced with tuna.
Chahan is known as fried rice served with various distinctive ingredients. The traditional Chahan consists of rice, fried egg and onion (maybe with a touch of soy sauce). You can sure find some Chahan with different seasoning packets in many Asian stores (especially those selling Japanese goodies) and then make fried rice with your favorite flavors (shrimp and salmon flavor are among the most popular).