There is something you need to understand if you plan on coming to Japan… When it comes to the food scene nobody does it better than the Japanese. At 226 Michelin-starred restaurants, Tokyo sits as one of the top cities in the world for food. Crazy thing about it is it’s not all about fine dining either. Tokyo also offers other goodies that can be found throughout it’s city streets. Your trip will not be complete unless you try some authentic local cuisine. Don’t believe me? Check out what I grubbed on :
- Kobe Beef
I did the most by taking a one hour trip from Kyoto to Kobe just to try the world famous Kobe beef. This was probably my most expensive yet most delicious meal during my time in Japan. Cutting down onto the meat was like butter and the taste was something out of this world.
One does not go all the way to Japan without trying Ramen. Problem is ramen is prepared and served in so many different styles that it’s hard to determine what is the top ramen establishment. For the sake of my strong craving for bomb ramen I visited the popular Fire Ramen restaurant in Kyoto. It was a long wait until I got seated but it’s all worth it after seeing a cool presentation and being served some savory noodles.
There’s crepe bars located all over Tokyo and they offer both sweet or savory. I’m more of a sweet person and this strawberry crepe was heaven on Earth for me.
Pastries in Japan make pastries in the U.S. look like garbage. The quality and flavor is just something I’m not used to and I really wish I could reach across the globe to grab another piece of strawberry cake.
Yakisoba is a Japanese dish of fried noodles, veggies, meat, and it’s served with a thick sweetish sauce. Very fulfilling and cheap depending where you get it.
Yakitori is a Japanese type of skewered chicken that can be mixed with other meats or veggies. Simple street food but yet crucial to try out if you pass by one of these stands.
Tonkatsu is a popular Japanese dish which is deep fried pork coated in breadcrumbs. The meal usually includes cabbage and a side of miso soup.
- Japanese Beer
I love me a smooth ice cold beer and you can’t go wrong with any brand. My personal favorite is Kirin Ichiban and it pairs well with any Japanese dish.
- Green Tea EVERYTHING
I didn’t realize how serious Green Tea was until wondering through the city and seeing the flavor being slapped on every type of edible or drink.
- Vending machines
Vending machines are found everywhere so it’s a nice thing to have around when you’re on the go and don’t have time to wait in line of a store. and yes… they have beer vending machines as well.
- Pocky Sticks
Pocky sticks come in different flavors and they make for a good snack.
- Coffee shops
Coffee shops are just as huge as crepe bars so I would advise all my coffee lovers to check out the local spots. Perfect thing to do before starting your day of venturing out to the city life.
Damn, hardest thing about writing these posts is that I build a huge appetite. (sigh) Oh well, hope you enjoyed drooling as you read along.