Good Eats in Tokyo

You may have been wondering…where are all those crazy, useless food pictures that Jenn usually wastes blog space to post?! Fear not, I have so many photos of the different types of food that I have tried, that I need a separate entry dedicated to food and only food.

Upon our arrival to Tokyo, our good friend, Iwao, and his son (Sean) picked us up in his rad Hummer and we went to a restaurant that serves Sean’s all-time favorite food, fried chicken.

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Fried garlic….you better not go on a hot date after eating these.

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The special in Kamakura (small fishies on top):

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Trying out Chinese food in the huge chinatown in Yokohama. Definitely a gimmicky tourist trap.

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Different types of noodles in small test try bowls from other countries at the Cup Noodle Museum:

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Daring some exquisite sashimi of various animals (don’t worry Dad, it was at a very safe and tried before place that our friend went to!)

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Steaming hot sweet potato with sweet potato ice cream on top

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Chicken cutlet with egg on top in rice bowl

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Really expensive unagi (eel) but one damn satisfied customer

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OK, break from Japanese food…must find ketchup. Mos Burger:

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Another Iwao special in his neighborhood, Ikebukuro. Raw organs (certified safe by our friend who has had this before!) and other cooked items

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Another break from raw anything and onto PIZZA!

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Snacks from a department store (Isetan) basement:

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Some udon noodle bowl with pork, bamboo shoots, raw egg, and other stuff. HUGE serving.

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Must buy from machine first, then give ticket to chef:

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Sashimi night with Iwao and family! Home cooked sushi rice, uni from different areas including Canada, mackerel, fish egg, squid, tuna, scallop, raw shrimp, some white fish

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And another break back to pasta in the traditionally cooked Japanese style of ketchup sauce.

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Wilton’s hamburger steak near his phone for size comparison

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A delightful home-cooked meal by Iwao

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Ok, so I caved in and did the McDonald’s thing because I really wanted the toy and they wouldn’t let me just buy it. At least I substituted for corn and veggie juice!

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Mexican food and cheese craving, check!

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Turkish food, plate full of chicken. Sauce was a nice spicy type of salsa.

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Thick, chewy udon noodle with soup to dip on the side. I added lots of vinegar, per usual.

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Tuna sashimi bowl

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Chicken Yakitori bowl, with a view! Unlimited appetizers and drinks too. Glazed sweet potato was yummy.

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Another amazing home-cooked, hot pot dinner with Iwao and family. Light, healthy, and cooked.

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Downgrade to PB&J since I don’t have a microwave, toaster oven, pots or pans in my new apartment yet. BUT I do have a fish grill that I decided to toast my bread in.

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Udon cod roe in cream sauce at the Cafeteria at work. Food is quite subsidized and affordable, ranging from $2 to $5 per meal.

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Another cafeteria item. Mainly selected because of all the salsa sauce it had on the top!

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Doraemon takiyaki from Iwao. So cute! 3 different flavors. Tasted like chocolate, vanilla, and maybe red bean

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My fav snack of chewy mochi-like balls and this time, there is a black sesame spread over it!

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Modern Indian food in Roppongi, Midtown Plaza

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This is random but saw this at a bar. There’s usually the drinks menu and maybe a non-alcoholic section. But for those of us who want to sort of be cool but can’t physically stomach it, you always have the LOW-alcoholic section:

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Summary of food in Tokyo thus far: very noodle or rice based. Almost every Japanese meal has some sort of carb heavy ingredient or side. My team looks at me funny when I just get the main dish of fish or hamburger steak but without a bowl of rice or onigiri (rice ball) on the side. I’m sure I’ve lost some potential friends for not having met the rice requirement during a meal. Also, food in Roppongi is way over-priced and bad quality even with the high price. And it’s mostly food geared towards foreigners and not as authentic Japanese. I’m glad I moved out of there.

 

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