What to Eat in Tokyo, June 2019

I unexpectedly found myself in Tokyo in June 2019.

So of course I had to eat for the glory of my country.

I had so many things to eat in Tokyo, but so little time.

In the end, these were what made the cut.

Enjoy.

Ichiran Ramen


My first meal in Tokyo was none other than Ichiran. One of my favourite tonkotsu ramen places, AND the interior design is a major love for me.

Not seeing your wait staff's face, OR seeing other customers' faces, can be such great joy to this introvert as she dines outside but NOT really.

I love this so much, I ate it twice it a week.

Not only is the ramen great, the interior design just adds all kinds of plus points to it. People should really make more restaurants like this, I'm sure it's not just me who wants to dine alone outside and not have to see or talk to people.

Gyukatsu Motomura



There are plenty of tonkatsu places in Kuala Lumpur. I have yet to find a gyukatsu place yet, however.

So when I'm back in Tokyo, gyukatsu it is.

Listen. That miso soup? Perfectly warm. That rice? So fluffy. That cabbage and I believe potato salad? Yum.

THAT BEEF KATSU? It's like 101 ways to eat in a heavenly manner, thank you very much.

You can have it on its own immediately, grill it even more, have it with salt, have it with soy sauce, sesame sauce, have it with rice, AND ALL METHODS OF EATING IT IS STILL DELICIOUS.

I certify this dish as "perfection" and I don't care what you think.

Tonkatsu Maisen




Seeing this picture makes me drool again, and crave for tonkatsu.

Maybe tomorrow...

I ordered the rosu-katsu and all that juiciness was just amazing with the rice. Beef cutlets, pork cutlets - I love them both in Japan.

I always gain weight in Japan.

I assume that you know why three pictures in.

The weight gainage continues.

Family Mart Famichiki and Suntory Peach Chuhai


When I start to feel poor in Japan... actually, I'm always poor in Japan, but there are poor days and then there are POOR days... I often turn to the convenience stores when I'm hungry but can't afford anything above 600 yen or so.

Particularly, Family Mart's fried chicken accompanied by the Suntory Peach Chuhai.

This is my favourite combination and also probably why it's a good thing I don't actually live in Japan. My face would break out like crazy.

HOWEVER, IT'S ALSO SO GOOD.

The struggle never ends.

Karaage (Fried Chicken)


Oh look, more fried chicken, only of the more expensive variety.

This one came from Yotsuya's Imaiya Honten.

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I promise I do eat pretty healthily on a day-to-day basis. Greens and oranges and reds are involved, okay?

Okonomiyaki 


Cheesy pork okonomiyaki.

That's it.

What else is there to say?

Om nom nom.

I still prefer the Hiroshima-yaki, but when in Tokyo, make do with what you have.

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Now, onwards to something that deserves FOUR pictures!

*drumrolls*

Kamakura Matsubara-an Keyaki




This super hidden on a high floor soba restaurant had a line when we got there. The lunch set was also at least ‎¥‎2,2000. There was an aura of "you're usually too poor for this".

That aura is right.

What I ate here in 45 minutes, I used to take 10 hours to earn as a fresh graduate employee back in the day.

Excuse me while I go tear up remembering all the blood, sweat, and tears that led me to this meal.


I had the lunch set with 4 appetisers (including duck, tofu, potato, and something), AND TEMPURA soba.

The tempura was just... pretty much the best way to get me to eat my greens, and also calamari.

Also, yes. Some people have questioned me asking, "can you really eat this much?", especially when they know how much I usually eat on a normal day-to-day basis.

Uh, yeah.

Even though I don't usually eat this much, Japan just has this way of making me actually complete everything on my plate no matter the portion.

Of course it could be because that I remember every meal I have costs like a day of my salary back in the day, so my appetite miraculously opens up in alignment with how my wallet opens up too.

Ahem.

Shake Shack at Shinjuku Terrace



You know, I really like Shake Shack in Japan. I had it for the first time in 2017, and was super impressed by:

a) crunchy fries at the right degree of saltiness,
b) juicy meat patty with soft buns, and
c) always down for a milkshake.

I like Shake Shack so much, I purposely made the trek towards this Shake Shack branch in Shinjuku, walking all the way from Shinjuku Station IN THE RAIN. 

Yes, just for the burger.

I was prepared - SO PREPARED - to enjoy my meal. 

I did enjoy my meal. It was very good.

What I did not enjoy was the Asian couple who sat in my vicinity, arguing in English. 

I won't bore you guys with the details, but basically, they argued at growing volumes as I was eating my burger.

IT WENT ON FOR HALF AN HOUR.


The longer it went on, the more I wanted to walk over and say: "hi, let me tell you guys the conclusion of this, your relationship won't survive this trip, okay done, seriously, shut up."  

If you want to argue in public, at least take it somewhere where you won't bother other people.

In the end, my long-awaited Shake Shack moment was kinda ruined by this. 

THANKS FOR NOTHING.  

Udon at Haneda International Airport, 3F



Well, I already had ramen, and soba. I might as well also get udon to complete the noodle trifecta before I went back home.

Yay to more fried vegetables, basically (kakiage is love).

All other meals were either onigiri or sandwiches from convenience stores, or too ugly to be photographed.

This concludes my June 2019 edition of What to Eat in Tokyo. Well, really, What I Ate in Tokyo, certified with love.

May you never run into loud arguing couples while eating outside.

I hope I made my country proud.

Unlike that couple.

Hmmph.

Bonus: Starbucks Drinks

I don't normally drink Starbucks too, but in Japan...

I don't even go to Starbucks for the coffee. I only drink their Frappuccino. I especially appreciate how Starbucks Japan is like with LIMITED EDITION SEASONAL DRINKS. Pumpkin Spice? Puh-lease. Starbucks Japan has drinks like Strawberry Very Much Frappuccino Red and Soy Honey Granola Frappuccino, usually for just one season.

Summer time in Japan called for refreshing drinks, and so a new round of Frappuccinos came out.

Some of their drinks also appear only in select locations, like this Minty Chocolate Tea Frappuccino that is only available in Roppongi Hills.



Unfortunately, it wasn't as amazing as I hoped. I had pretty high hopes to begin with, considering that I've always liked Starbucks Japan's limited-edition frappes (the ones in autumn are amazing), but...

Oh well.

However, I loved the next one!



The Lemon Yoghurt Hakka (Fermentation) Frappuccino.

There were bits of biscuits in it, and were so good on a hot and humid day.

I had it again on a rainy day, however, and it didn't taste as amazing as when I was dehydrated on a hot and humid day.

I would still have this if I could, though, unlike the mint chocolate drink. So thank you, Lemon Yoghurt Hakka Frappuccino, for restoring my faith in Starbucks Japan.

I know coffee snobs don't get the appeal of Starbucks, but in Japan, it's not even about the coffee there. It's just... Starbucks Japan and the limited-edition drinks to most of us. đŸ˜‚ I miss this drink already.

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