The food in Japan was pretty unique, even their version of western food surprised me.
While in Tokyo Disneyland of course I had to try all the Mickey shaped foods.
We tried local specialties, like Okonomiyaki on Miyajima Island in Hiroshima, my personal favourite, its basically just savoury crepes with anything you want in between, cabbage, noodles, oysters, vegetables, egg and smothered in sauce.
and in Osaka we tried Takoyaki, aka Octopus Balls.
It wouldn’t surprise anyone to find out that I bought anything cute, regardless of taste or price.
For Christmas breakfast I hit up Tulley’s (best coffee in Japan) for some pancakes.
One thing that I noticed in Japan is restaurants like to specialise in one type of food and do that really well. Eggcellent in Repongi Hills was one of the best meals I had, OK it’s not traditional Japanese by any means but damn it was amazing! I highly recommend you head there if you ever visit Reppongi.
A lot of budget restaurants have vending machines out the front, you place your order and insert the money then take the receipt into the store and hand it over, take a seat and wait for your meal. This was pretty fun for us because we never knew quite what we were getting, we would try to match up the prices with the pictures but sometimes you just never knew. My travel buddy was particularity amused when I had to try and eat breakfast with chopsticks and worked up the courage to ask for a “forku” not surprisingly the place didn’t have any… I struggled for a good 20 minutes before I noticed other dinners were just dumping everything into bowls of rice and eating it that way… duh!
One of the first foods I got to eat in Osaka was Onigiri. I have seen these rice balls in anime for so long and wondered what they were like and they didn’t disappoint, especially for around 100 yen! It’s basically a cold rice ball with fillings like tuna or tofu or … unknown and they are served in seaweed, cheap and cheerful.
In Hiroshima we tried this amazing restaurant that served me sesame seeds to grind myself, they were so good!
I couldn’t leave Japan without trying fast food, even the MacDonalds here tasted exactly the same but was it perfect, no messy burgers and squashed fries here. It looked exactly like it does on the menu board, the perfect example of how the Japanese take pride in everything they do, even if they are just making cheeseburgers. Mos burger was a favourite, especially the rice burgers that replace the bread buns with rice patties, sounds weird but it was delicious.
So where is the sushi? um, well that’s what I wanted to know! While it was around it wasn’t as popular as I thought and I realised the sushi I’m used to eating is very very westernised, not shocking really but I wasn’t quite prepared for the sushi in Japan. Its literally just fish served on rice with maybe a smear or wassabi and although I tried a few places, it never exactly looked or smelled hygienic… To put it bluntly I often left my frind sitting alone while I hurried out for fresh air. This is one occasion where I’m more then happy to say I prefer Aussie sushi. I like rolls with Japanese mayo and dammit! I like to be able to eat food without wondering if I can keep it down, give me Suhsi Rio any day!