If there’s one place that will never fail in providing good food, it is Japan. I cannot think of anywhere I’ve been to in this country where I’ve had a bad food experience. Not even convenience stores. I look forward to eating in this lovely country every summer when I come back. Of course I look forward to other things that this country has to offer but I don’t think anything beats the food scene here. I’ve tried taking pictures of almost everything I’ve eaten here so far. So here we go.
First night, we went to a 居酒屋. Kind of like a bar but you don’t have to be of age and they serve lots of food there, and not just drinks.
Japanese-style pulled pork with poached egg and radish
This was at an Italian restaurant. But nowhere on the menu will you find dishes with 384229 calories, slathered in cheese and heavy sauce. Simple, refreshing, and just the right amount of food,
Seafood risotto in tomato-cream sauce
Asakusa, a neighborhood in Tokyo, has many vendors selling 人形焼(ningyouyaki) - sweet red bean paste inside a kind of sponge-cake. These were hot and fresh off the 人形焼-maker. Mmmmmm.
Went to a buffet. They had Chinese, Japanese, and Western food (which is pretty much American food)
Round 1 (Bean sprouts flavored in sesame oil, shrimp in chili paste, dumplings, chicken stir fried with veggies…They had a line and even ropes to form the line for the roast beef…)
Round 2 (tempura, quiche, salmon, oven baked fish, shumai, duck, some sort of sausage stew..)
Round 3 (I wanted to try Japanese pizza to see if it was any different. Umm I had another helping of some salmon. And some katsudon. And a bowl of corn cream soup.)
And of course, dessert. (Matcha cake, peach mousse cake, sponge cake with fruits and whip cream, dango with sweet red bean paste)
7/29 - For lunch today, we had monjayaki. Tokyo is where this dish originated from, so of course we had to have some here.
You get to pick your toppings, and we chose mochi, cheese, and babystar ramen. Sounds weird? Yeah. Tastes awesome? Hell yeah. One of the ladies at the restaurant made it for us at our table, and we use a tiny little spatula to scoop some up from the hot pan.
We went to a traditional Japanese restaurant for dinner tonight. Everything was so. GOOD. And the presentation was so beautiful.
Crab and cabbage salad
Octopus and taro root stewed in soy sauce broth
Boiled asparagus with miso and mayo sauce - simple but amazingly delicious
Smashed taro root and crab, fried
Sponge roll cake with matcha chocolate - cd;oina;wenfaroj so good.
Tokyo, you’ve treated me well with your good food. Next stop - Oita, my hometown. On to the next one…