So many great foods in Japan, so little time! Tried my best to sample as much as I could over about seven days. What did I miss?
Homemade thin-pulled soba noodles with katsuobushi soup at OOO cafe in Bunkyo, Tokyo
Tonkotsu style Ramen: creamy, oily broth with pork slices, tender pork belly, mushrooms and pickled bits. So good. At Kyushu Jangara in Shibuya, Tokyo.
Pan-fried dumplings, original pork and pork and garlic, at Harajuku Gyoz Ro in Shibuya, Tokyo
Big boiling pot of deliciousness at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo
Sushi for breakfast = the best. The 30-minute line outside Daiwa Sushi was totally worth the wait.
Fresh tempura at the famous Tsunahachi, the original location in Shinjuku
Awesome Udon and eggies at Kinowa Cafe in Minowa, Tokyo
Fried chicken! Delicious, crispy skin at Kinowa Cafe, in Minowa, Tokyo
Micro bars along Nonbei Yokocho (aka “drunken alley”) have bartenders who double as sushi chefs
Chef making veggie tempura at Tsunahachi
Random red bean ball from a bakery in the Bunkyo neighborhood of Tokyo
Famous Kawabata Zenzai red bean soup, with glutinous rice dumplings and pickled ginger
Oily, delicious ramen with succulent pork and perfectly cooked eggs in Fukuoka at a hole-in-the-wall in the Kawabata Arcade
Mmm Umegae mochi, in Daizafu, a rice cake that’s filled with red bean paste
Signature red-bean filled dumplings in Kumamoto
These little chicks are ready for hotpotting
A huge Japanese hotpot meal at Quercus Restaurant in Oita
The makings of a crispy cookie in Oita
Freshly baked cookies sprinkled with flower petals at Goemon bakery in Oita
Juicy and savory bacon-wrapped tomato Yakitori in Nakasu Yatai, open air food stalls along the river
Amazing teppanyaki in the basement of Fukuoka’s Hakata Station