Next time you are looking for a culinary experience in Tokyo, I suggest this one. This restaurant in Asakusa is specialized in Dojo, a cute Continue reading Dojo fish in Asakusa
Rainy days in Tokyo are better spent inside museums. Thats why we went to the Yebisu beer museum. The museum explains the history of Yebisu beer. Some beer tasting is included in the (paid) guided tour. There is also a souvenir shop with a lot of Yebisu beer products, as well as a snack bar.
Continue reading Yebisu beer museum
If you are a big fan of Miso like I am, you don’t want to miss this museum while in Nagoya where they explain how the famous fermented soy-been paste is made. The museum is run by the Hatcho Miso company which is quite famous in Aichi prefecture. A famous kind of miso in Aichi is the red miso which is quite sweet and usually served on top of pork cutlets. A miso tasting experience is included at the end of the visit, and of course, a vast selection of miso based products are offered in the souvenir shop.
While walking toward Angel rock, Ayako and I observed many locals with feet and hands in the water looking for something. I wanted Ayako to ask them what it was but she thought I had to do some effort if I wanted to know! So I asked the one guy : “kore wa nani desu ka? (What is this thing?). And he told me it was Asari, a small type of shellfish. Later that evening, we went to the local Isakaya to taste the delicious Asari no Sakamushi (Asari steamed in sake)!
If you love soy sauce like I do and you want to know how it is made, you should head to the Marukin soy sauce factory museum on Shodoshima island. The visit is very cheap and informative on the method to make soy sauce from wheat and soy-beans. On top of that a free sample bottle of Marukin soy sauce is given at the end of the visit. Soy sauce ice cream is also sold on site, oishi!
Dotonbori street is the main attraction in Osaka. The street, which follows the Dotonbori canal is filled with shops and restaurant. The region around Dotonbori itself is filled with shopping opportunities. A unique feeling to Dtonbori are the many brightly lit displays and mechanized signs. Some of them include the giant crab (Kani Doraku restaurant), the hanging Fugu fish (Zubora-ya restaurant). Famous landmarks include Glico Man runner sign, Kuidaore Taro the drum playing clown. Looking for those landmark while walking on Dotonbori street is quite a lot of fun.
Akashiyaki are similar to Takoyaki (Octopus inside a dough ball) except they are not accompanied by any sauce. They come served well aligned on a wooden plank and are dipped in soup before eating. This dish gets its name from the city of Akashi in Hyogo prefecture. I used to call them Kobe Takoyaki soup before I did my education (check this blog to learn about awesome food from Osaka Kobe and Kyoto). Here Ayako and friends demonstrate how to eat Akashiyaki, best served with a large glass of Japanese beer!
The Tsukiji fish market is probably one of the biggest fish markets in the world, where millions of dollars are spent everyday on high quality sushi-grade fish. The major “auctions” are usually done early in the morning and not accessible to the public but visitors can still wander around between rows of fish sellers. There are also some small sushi and sashimi restaurants on site for the freshest raw fish experience!