Things I miss about Japan – Food! (part1)
28 Feb, 2011
Japan has a lot to offer, including delicious food! The Japanese cuisine offers a large variety of dishes. A lot to talk about! Let’s start this topic of with some Japanese fast food!
Anyone who’s been in Japan knows that there’s a lot of different fast-food chains, and I’m not just talking about the junkfood places like McDonalds or Burger King. These are shops with typical Japanese food. The food is cheap, it’s healthier than junk food and it’s fast! On average the waiting time is about 5 minutes until it’s served. Also, most of the shops are open 24/7! So it’s perfect after a night of clubbing. You don’t have to search long to find one, just like convenient stores…they’re everywhere!
This is one of my favorite fast-food dishes. The カツ丼, katsudon, a bowl of rice topped with a deep fried pork cutlet served with miso soup. This costs about 400 円 in total (€3,56)! It doesn’t look like much, but after this I’m always stuffed. Most of the time I can’t even finish it!
This shop is specialized in 海鮮丼, kaisendon. It’s basically a sashimi rice bowl; rice topped with raw fish.. Of course, any type a seafood dish in Japan is especially fresh and tastes amazing. You usually eat it with some soy sauce and wasabi, yummy.
This is Gyudon, a bowl of rice topped with onion and beef. This is very popular and inexpensive type of fast food. The most common dish served in these low-price fast food restaurants (like yoshinoya and sukiya). In my opinion the first few times is ok to eat, but after a while it’s just not that great anymore. It gets boring very easily. But I have to say, Remi still loves it even after so many times… And compared to the crappy fast food we get here in Holland, I’m secretly also craving for some Gyudon!
Miso soup, pork, coleslaw and “black” rise. Supposedly it’s very healthy (the rice). Another set meal for a very reasonable price, about 680 円.
Another カツ丼, katsudon set meal, my fave. Always with a salad set to get enough veggies.
One of Remi’s favorite set meals at Sukiya. Maguro, shredded raw tuna with rice. Eat it like sushi, with soy sauce and wasabi. This place was a 2-minute walk from our house in Tokyo. Very convenient for those lazy I-don’t-want-to-cook-days.
My set meal at Sukiya, pork, rice, salad and soup. Cheap, fast, good!
Being away from home made me miss Chinese food a lot! So every now and then we went looking for our favorite Chinese food. This time we went to a food court in a department store in Shibuya. There is a restaurant which specializes in Chinese (Cantonese) food. When I saw this dish on the menu I had to order it! It’s rice porridge with 1000 yr old egg. It was pretty good!
Remi ordered his favourite Wonton-noodles.
On this picture we’re having diner in China Town, Yokohama. China Town is pretty big in Yokohama, which means there are a lot of different restaurants. But they all sell about the same food. Usually they offer set meals for about 2.000円 to 3.000 円 per person, which contains about 3 different dishes + soup + desert. And like always they serve too much food!
This restaurant was near our school at Suidobashi. We biked by this place on our way to school, and every time we pass this it’s always PACKED during the lunch break. So one time we went here during diner time to see what the fuss was all about. The food was pretty cheap and quality was ok.
I was also craving for dim-sum for quit some time, but I just couldn’t find a place to eat dim-sum in Tokyo. And this restaurant had something resembling dim-sum!! The sesame-balls on the top left corner of the picture I just had to order, it was the closest to dim-sum I could get. :)
We ate this dish at one of our regular (cheap) ramen places. It looks like a Chinese dish, with crispy noodles and vegetables with pork. Really nice!
Moving on to…Curry! Usually I wasn’t a big fan of curry dishes. I only ate the curry at 明治大学 (meji daigaku), a university near our school. During my first semester (when I still had morning classes) we used to go to 明治大学 for lunch. The restaurant for students was located on the 19th floor (if I remember correctly..). So besides cheap-ass food we also had an awesome view of Tokyo.
This picture was taken at CoCo Curry house, read our review on CoCo Curry.
One time our friend Ninja took us to eat curry, we just thought it was normal curry but this was totally different! The restaurant had a type of Arabic + hippie style vibe to it. The type of curry they serve was a soup base curry with rice on the side. With chicken and veggies in the soup. Just dip your spoon with rice in the soup and eat. It was nothing I had tasted before, so different from normal curry. Kind of a fresh taste, and so damn good! There were different levels of spiciness, just like CoCo Curry. I, of course, had the non spicy curry, because I don’t like spicy food.
To be continued! In the next “episode”… ramen, udon, sushi and more!!