Tokyo food fads come and go faster than you can say Oishi! (delicious!), but some traditional dishes are always in style. Here are eight with a touch of innovationsilky stir-fried noodles, crisp pork cutlets, spicy beef and broccoliinspired by the city's hyperhip department-store food halls.
For the following recipes, opt for Japanese soy sauce (shoyu), which is widely available at supermarkets. Shoyu is sweeter and less salty than Chinese soy sauce. The other Japanese ingredients called formiso paste, pickled ginger, bonito (dried fish) flakes, shiso leaves, mirin, panko bread crumbs, chuka soba noodles and nori (seaweed) flakesare sold at many large supermarkets, as well as specialty shops and Asian markets.