Learn Japanese onomatopoeia to describe food texture and flavors.
オノマトペ, or Japanese onomatopoeia, not only refers to sound symbolic words but also includes mimetic and sensory words.
Listen to the pronunciations in the video and learn sample phrases for each.
とろとろ (toro toro)
runny, melting (cheese, egg yolk)
とろとろ also means to drag, to be slow
とろとろ歩く = walk slowly, dragging one’s feet
ねばねば (neba neba)
gooey, slimy (natto, okura)
しゅわしゅわ (shuwa shuwa)
fizzy, bubbles rising
ふわふわ (fuwa fuwa)
もちもち (mochi mochi)
moist and springy, glutinous
ぷりぷり (puri puri)
plump, perky, bouncy
ぷるぷる (puru puru)
さくさく (saku saku)
light and crispy (deep-fried foods, crackers)
あつあつ (atsu atsu)
あつあつ also describes two people in love
あつあつのカップル = lovebirds
ほくほく (hoku hoku)
fluffy and crumbly (cooked starchy potatoes)
きんきん (kin kin)
しゃきしゃき (shaki shaki)
しゃきしゃき also means briskly
しゃきしゃき歩く = walk briskly
soft and moist (cake)
*しっとりしたお肌 = soft and moist skin
a light and refreshing flavor or feeling
*シャワーを浴びてさっぱりした = I took a shower and now I feel refreshed.
a rich soup, a heavy dish (tonkotsu ramen)
the burning sensation in your nose when you eat wasabi
the sensation when you get a brain freeze
Learn more Japanese onomatopoeia related to eating and drinking.
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