When you think of Japanese food, pizza probably isn't the first thing on your radar. Maybe it should be! Pizza Hut is one of the biggest pizza chains in the United States, opening its first restaurant in 1958. Naturally, with the success of Pizza Hut in the States and other international markets, the corporation wanted to try its hand at the Japanese market.
The first Pizza Hut in Japan opened in 1973, and the chain has only continued to grow since then. Like many other American restaurants have done in the past, the menu at Pizza Hut Japan was revised and tailored for its consumer-base, which resulted in some amazing pies and other menu items not found in the US. If you want to learn what cool items are only available at Japanese Pizza Huts, keep scrolling!
What's better than pizza? Pizza and wine! Pizza Huts in Japan have a selection of both beer and wine for your drinking pleasure, including Franzia White Wine, Franzia Dark Red Wine, and three Kirin beers of various flavors.
It looks as if these different alcohol options can be purchased for online order as well, so we consider that a big win for Pizza Hut Japan!
9 Shrimp Gratin
We all know that Pizza Hut in America has the typical pasta fare, but Pizaa Hut Japan amps up the variety by also carrying gratins, or dishes that feature breadcrumbs and melted cheese. If it sounds good, that's because it is!
Their take on Shrimp Gratin includes decadent ingredients like shrimp, squid, broccoli, and of course, mounds of cheese and crunch breadcrumbs. Even though its a departure from Pizza Hut's usuals, it looks like a tasty companion to the pizza we know and love.
8 Grilled Teriyaki Mayo Chicken Pizza
The toppings and sauces on Pizza Hut's Japanese offerings seem to be far more diverse than the counterparts in the States. On this delectable offering, Pizza Hut Japan loads on the things we most love--chicken, teriyaki sauce, and of course, a mayonnaise-based sauce. There are also strips of seaweed on the pizza to add an extra dose of flavor.
Remarkably, this is not the only pizza on the menu that features a mayo-based sauce. Though it looks interesting to try, it seems like copious amounts of mayonnaise would be something more popular in the United States!
7 Koku-Uma Grill Pizza
If you're looking for a pizza that will unite veggie and meat lovers together, consider trying the Koku-Uma Grill Pizza. This unique combination of flavors features asparagus, bacon, and bolgogi, with Pizza Hut's signature cheese.
Bolgogi, translates to mean "fire meat" in English. It is a Korean barbecue made of thinly sliced beef or pork, usually prepared atop a griddle, a barbecue, or even sometimes a pan for stir-frying. Atop a pizza, though, it definitely translates to delicious!
6 Cod Roe Cream Pasta
Wafu style pasta, or literally "Japanese style pasta," is a fusion blend of cooking styles that combines Japanese ingredients with Italian techniques. Cod roe pasta is easily one of the staples of these type of cooking, so it's not a surprise that Pizza Hut decided to add this dish to their menu.
Their take on cod roe cream pasta includes squid and mentaiko sauce. Mentaiko is a spicy cod roe sauce, which is usually made by brining cod roe sacks and then seasoning with powdered chilies. Though the sauce can be prepared without spicy ingredients added, mentaiko usually refers to the spicy version.
5 Charcoal Grilled Beef Rib Pizza
Pizza Hut's Japanese customer base seems to be fond of beef toppings on pizzas! This savory pizza includes yakiniku, a style of Japanese barbecue in which thin slices of beef are cooked at one's table and dipped in a soy-based sauce.
The pizza also has green peppers, onions, garlic, and chili pepper. If you're a fan of Supreme pizzas but vie for the meat, this pie might be right for you.
4 Tuna Mild Pizza
A popular choice on the Pizza Hut value menu, the Tuna Mild contains exactly what you would picture--chunks of cooked tuna. The Japanese consume large amounts of fresh tuna, and whether raw or cooked, it seems like it's a large commodity in the country.
The pizza also contains corn, onions, and even bacon, so the possibilities are endless. It seems to be a favorite, as it has been on the menu for at least a decade!
3 Quattro Formaggi Pizza
Do you like cheese? Well, this pizza is definitely for you! Pizza Hut Japan serves up a different take on classic cheese pizza with its Quattro Formaggi variety. It includes camembert cheese, which is similar to brie, cream cheese, and mozzarella cheese. This combination of cheese is perfect for palettes who desire creaminess and richness.
The pizza is also topped with honey maple syrup, a topping that pairs quite well with savory camembert cheese. The mix of savory and sweet flavors will satisfy lovers of cheese pizza and decadent meals!
2 EbiMayoMentai Seafood Pizza
One of the most popular items on the Pizza Hut Japan menu, this pie has some unorthodox ingredients, but seems to be a crowd-pleaser overseas. What does this pie contain?
Located on the top of this Pizza Hut combination pie pictured, the EbiMayoMentai has a mayonnaise sauce that acts as the base, and then a mixture of shrimp, squid, corn, and parsley that sits atop. Finally, the pie is finished off with a spicy cod roe sauce. Though the idea of mayo on pizza might be off-putting for some, reviews cite the pizza's bold flavor and cohesive ingredients.
1 Idaho Style Potato & Mayo Sausage Pizza
Is this what the Japanese think Americans eat? The Pizza Hut Japan online menu touts this recipe as a classic, and we're inclined to agree when we take a look at the list of toppings!
Potato pizzas (and potato anything, for that matter!) are not uncommon in the US, though they usually are modeled after the flavor palette of a baked potato loaded with sour cream, cheese, chives, and butter. This take on a potato pizza abandons that tradition, opting for a mayo-based sauce and what looks to be a German-style sausage. Of course, this potato pie wouldn't be complete without some of Idaho's finest spuds, bathed in a hot layer of cheese! Itadakimasu indeed!