Japan has become one of the top holiday destinations in Asia for many Singaporeans in recent years, with Tokyo being possibly the most frequented.
Many tourists, however, still have the misconception that eating in Tokyo is expensive, even at roadside quick-eat stalls. With the slow but sure boom of visitors, Tokyo has its fair share of delicious yet very reasonably priced dishes that are sure to leave you wanting more. Here are some of our recommendations!
1. Gyutan (Cow’s tongue)
This part of the cow’s anatomy can be an extremely delicious treat, especially when it is cooked just right. The Japanese have perfected the art of grilling this otherwise discarded part of the animal. The result? A soft, tender, melt-in-your-mouth piece of flesh that is easy to eat and super flavourful.
You can find this in many barbecue and Yakiniku establishments but the best one for me so far is at chain restaurant Negishi.
They grill your order ala minute and you can see the chefs at work behind the glass panels. Customers can choose from red or white meat (front or back of the tongue), or a mixture of both.
I personally like the white meat as it is more tender towards the back. Served with a bowl of steaming white rice (refillable), grated yam and soup, this makes for a nice warm meal at the end of a hectic shopping day.
2. Omelette souffle
Getting a souffle done right is difficult enough. Getting an omelette souffle done so right, it makes people want to travel all the way back to Tokyo just to have it is another accomplishment altogether.
Imagine a creamy, bouncy, light-as-air omelette souffle atop tomato rice or pasta. The place I highly recommend is Tamago to Watashi in Shibuya. Located just five minutes away from Hachiko exit, this quaint little cafe is situated on the sixth floor of a plain looking building which can identify it by all the food displays.
If you haven’t already heard of these cheese tarts, you are so missing out.
These cheese tarts come in three different doneness – firm, medium, oozing. And yes, the centre of the tart literally oozes with soft flowy cheese for the oozing one.
The tart crust is buttery and melt-in-your-mouth and complements the awesome cheese filling so well. Suitable for those who do not fancy strong cheesy tastes and smells too. Yes, they are that good.
If you have been to Tokyo a few times, you will often see many young people having crepes as they shop or stroll along the streets.
While you may be thinking this isn’t something special, let me just tell you this. I have not had any crepes better than the ones I have had in Tokyo. And the one that stands out the most for me has to be Marion Crepes situated right smack in the middle of Takeshita dori in Harajuku.
The crepes are made ala minute (of course), and you can choose from a wide variety of savoury and sweet options.
It gets better if you have it in winter when the weather is cold and the crepe reaches your hand all toasty and oiishi smelling. All the ingredients are fresh and this is such an awesome anytime-of-the-day treat.
5.Thick broth ramen
There is only one place in my mind that you can a fantastic taste of this and it is at Tenkai Ippin. Another chain restaurant located throughout Japan, Tenkai Ippin originated from Kyoto and is famous for their thick chicken broth ramen which borders on being gelatinous almost.
But don’t let this put you off! The soup is super fragrant and tasty, with pieces of succulent char siew and springy ramen noodles that is perfect for a chilly day.
You can choose to order it in a set that can come with a side of juicy gyoza or a bowl of very well-seasoned fried rice, and a bowl of soup. They also have clear soup options if you prefer something a little lighter.
6. Corn dog or “Conbini”
Or America Dog as they call it in Japan. This common American deep fried snack has obviously being perfected by the Japanese once again as the Japanese version is really delicious, crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside with a meaty, tasty sausage in the middle.
It’s easily available at most 7-11s around Tokyo and kept in heated glass containers to maintain the crispiness.If you are ever in Tokyo, you must, must make this the first thing you try.
I, for one, cannot resist these irresistible dogs and buy them the moment I get to my living quarters, regardless of whether I am about to go have a meal or after I am done with one and am full to the brim.
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