Well finally it’s time to talk about the most serious topic of all, food eh? (runs
Since this is a really budget tight trip, my food budget at Japan is also budget, my average food budget is around 800 yen. It won’t go above 1000 yen.
Please do take note that most of the shop. I believe is all, comes with free water/ocha refill. So it’s not like Malaysia where you have to order a teh-tarik or whatsoever. You could just grab yourself a cup of cold water or ocha as they provided for free. You have to looks check those yourself. Some shop provide those water for you.
I bet you heard a lot about the instance noodle at Japan. They said it taste better, bigger portion and more worth in Japan. So we have been purchasing stuff from the 100 yen convenient shop around our hostel for our breakfast every morning. Instance noodle is most of the stuff we ate.
So there’s tons of flavor but I picked this up . Mayo flavored. You must be wondering eh how the hell can it taste good. Well trust me it taste weird at first but after a few bite it taste quite okay.
It’s a bit of sweet, sour and spicy. Oh of course salty too. The noodle is around 105 yen (including tax) and well the price is okay for breakfast I suppose.
And yea the melonpan actually have a very very very light taste of melon in it. xD I can’t blame them since I bought it from a 100 yen convenient shop. Coated with sugar above it tasted sweet and normal. A bit try on some shop I bought but overall it was meh. Must have expected too much from anime.
Oh did I mentioned that I love to eat inari? doesn’t matter if it’s purchase from the convenient shop. xD
First let’s talk about this chain shop where you can select the food you wanted and pay through a vending machine in front of the shop. Checking back all my photo I realized I didn’t took the photo of the vending machine! How sad! Anyway they have a lot of selection of food on it, you could add in egg, raw, half boiled, with extra rice and so on. Pretty nice. But you need to choose before you go in front and pay cause there’ll be people waiting behind you. That’s if you go to eat during rush hour.
So I love to eat their curry rice since it’s not as spicy as Malaysian curry. Yes I can’t take spicy food. And this particular set I ordered comes with a set, soba with curry rice. You could choose the noodle either soba or udon. Soba is like thin noodle while udon is the thicker one.
The portion is pretty big for me since there’s noodle and rice. The hot soba pretty much warm my body for a while. The cost for this set is around 800 yen.
And this is the curry raisu I ordered from the same chain shop but different branch. If I remember correct this branch is at Nakako.
Oh did I mentioned that I also tried their tempura? It’s the same chain shop *yet again* yes as I said before this, this trip is very budget so the food is almost the same chain shop. Or I am just too lazy to explore more place xD. It’s like prawn coated in a layer of tempura powder and fried it. Well I have to say their sauce definitely made it taste better compared to the one I tasted in Malaysia.
Talking about Curry Raisu, I actually went to another family shop. It’s operated by an old couple, at least the way I look at it. It’s small and comfy. The whole set around 800 yen and comes with vegetable & miso soup.
They have a lot of onions in it and the pork they cook are medium rare, somehow it’s really nice & chewy. It actually taste different compared to those big chain restaurant. You should try it once a while. Although you might be expecting some potato in it, they didn’t actually put those in. Potato is one of my favorite so I am a bit sad when i found out they didn’t put them in. 🙁
Curry House Coco Curry Ichibanya
If you haven’t heard of it it’s one of the curry house chain shop in Japan. I believe it’s quite famous? Nevertheless, we decided to try it out @ Nakako. If you are interested please check out their official website for their branch and more information about it. You could ask for an english menu if you don’t read Japanese. You can customize your curry accourding to your taste, like how big portion is the rice how spicy you wanted it to be, what meat you wanted to put with them. If you think it’s a hassle to choose those of course there’s set that you could choose. I ordered one katsu don curry rice set.
The whole plate of curry rice looks big portion. I think the set actually comes with extra rice and curry. The spiciness I took is mild, like one level above the mildest they have. Yea I don’t eat spicy food T-T. Anyway the pork is fried well, and the curry doesn’t taste like generic-chain-shop taste. It have more herbs spice in it. Definitely. Compared to the one above that I went.
They have this special sauce that you could add to your curry and made it taste better. That’s what they said. And I tried it out. It’s actually taste sourish. I believe it’s like vinegar? Nevertheless it does taste nice like a change from the original flavor. The price for all those set, is around 900 yen.
Ever heard of this brand of Curry Rice? It seems world wide. So I decided to try this Go!Go!Curry since one of my friend recommended it at Akihabara. The first impression when they serve the set, I am like whao this is huge. Take note that I ordered a larger set of curry with rice only. And the way you eat the rice is unique. At least to me, they use this kind of utensil where you will use it to cut your cake I have no idea how to call it. The color of the curry look a bit darker than you expect it to be, and a bit more spicy than I expected. This is I think the lowest spicy level that you can choose from. But it still taste good, if you let me choose I would prefer Coco’s over this.
Oh side note, when I sat down on the Akiba’s branch of this shop, I noticed this particulars ticker on top of my table. I am honored! I am sorry but I will have to borrow your seat for a while. xD
Yea you heard me right I go to Japan to eat McDonald’s. First differences when you enter their McDonald compared to Malaysian, they are very polite. Well duh 90% of the shopkeepers are all polite. But I mean if you went into a McDonald you will expect a grumpy young teenagers where they are very reluctant to serve you.
So yea I ordered this double beef burger. I think it’s like what double cheese burger? Same as Malaysia, one set come one one medium size drink and a pack of fries. The taste, well same i guess? There’s not much differences.
The bun looks better compared to Malaysian version of bun. *somehow whenever I say it everything looks better in Japan compared to Malaysia* haha. Well in their menu there’s filet-o-fish, there’s the big mac and almost same choice compared to Malaysia’s.
And yes I went there and ate more than once. Their McDonalds’s are having a “theme” I suppose. It’s vintage theme where they setup and decorate their shop vintage style, like old school American style.
The trip to Japan won’t be fun if there’s no sushi involved right. So we have a friend over in Tokyo decided to bring us around Yokohama and to this certain Sushi shop. Well this is first time we visit a Sushi shop in Japan because of the price tag so we are a bit surprised when he told us that all the plate are attached with an electronic chip under to determine what have you eaten when you are doing your billing.
It’s too bad that I don’t actually took the whole table full of sushi that we ordered, I just took this salmon sushi that I ate, it’s really really really nice. How nice is it you asked, you have to try it yourself. Most of the food there is nice just some vegetable based sushi I can’t eat. If you wish to try this out brace yourself though the price tag is a bit expensive, it’s around 300 yen per plate. No address for this particular shop as I am too sick (coughing badly) that day to actually take a photo of their address.
So there’s these misc food/tidbit that I bought through out the journey. This is one of the snacks that our friend over in Japan brought us. It’s like a cracker and vegetable flavor. It taste like, a normal cracker you would imagine it to be, but honestly I think it’s a bit too salty.
When I walked around the chinatown, I found this… particular stuff which looks very familiar. For those who ate it I believe ya all know what it’s. It’s the stuff that we eat when we are small in Malaysia. I believe it’s imported from China.
Generally you will buy a lots of can drink, if you didn’t brought one yourself out when you are outside. The cheapest I can see is around 100 yen, and the most expensive is around 180 yen. You could use your PASMO or your Suica card to purchase the drink. Or just use token.
Because it’s winter when I visit Japan most of the drink I purchase is hot, and… since I don’t drink coffee the only choice I have is actually hot cocoa.
There’s more stuff on food actually but I didn’t manage to take photo of them so I guess the best thing you could do is walk around and explore! ha! The main objective of this trip is actually not for the food but to visit some of the places I wanted to visit. Feel free to check out my Flickr for more photo on Japan trip.