If you like thinly sliced beef, then you may want to try Sukiyaki. It is cooked in a shallow iron pan along with vegetables, tofu, and konnyaku noodles. The seasoning typically consists of sugar, sake, and soy sauce. The resulting scents and smells are mouth-watering making this another popular type of Japanese cuisine. Historically, the Japanese only started eating beef after the Meiji Era. Sukiyaki is therefore one of the first dishes to use beef, and it has been popular ever since then. The word "Suki" stands for spade while "Yaki" means roast. It is widely believed that a metal spade was used to cook the beef and that's where it got its name. Japanese like to dip their sukiyaki into raw egg.