5 Recommended Shops to Buy Foods You Can Eat and Walk With at Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street
Tokyo's longest shopping street is Togoshi Ginza Shoutengai (shopping street). This 1.3km long street has plenty of eating establishments! Here are 5 particularly recommended shops that offer gourmet foods that you can eat while walking.
Katabami Butcher is a shop beloved by the locals, and is famous for its potato croquette (90 JPY (incl. tax)). At Japanese butchers that are on shopping streets, you can buy not just meat but also side dishes, and among them potato croquettes are particularly popular products. Potato croquettes are boiled mashed potatoes mixed with ground meat, rolled into a ball, covered in panko breadcrumbs, and fried. It's one of Japan's standard home cooking dishes. Katabami Butcher's potato croquette is known for being crisp on the outside and so soft it seems like it will melt on the inside. It's slightly sweet, and the potato's deliciousness is properly condensed in the food so if you try it once you'll be addicted! If you want to add sauce, please ask an employee. For people who like deep flavors, they'll add sauce, and for those of you that like lighter flavors you can eat it without sauce and enjoy it fresh out the fryer! When you eat it freshly made, please be careful to not burn your mouth!
1. Katabami Butcher
Gotou Kamabokoten is a store that mostly carries "neri seihin," or fish-paste products. Minced whitefish that's steamed, grilled, boiled, fried, etc. fall under neri seihin. You can eat it as-is, or it can also be used in various Japanese meals or oden. Oden uses neri seihin as well as daikon radishes, eggs, potatoes, and other ingredients stewed in a broth made from bonito flakes and kombu seaweed and flavored with ingredients like soy sauce. Neri seihin aren't good for souvenirs because they damage easily, but you should definitely try this shop's oden. You can choose your favorite ingredients from around 40 offerings, and they start from 80 JPY so it's very reasonably priced and you can easily try it. There's an eat-in space as well so it's recommended that you sit and enjoy it with liquor. Also, their oden croquette (70 JPY (incl. tax)) is often featured on TV so it's a popular product. Definitely check it out if you're interested!
Yakitori Ebisu is synonymous with yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) in Togoshi Ginza Shoutengai. It's a shop where the employees grill the meat with liveliness, and you can feel an atmosphere befitting the shopping street. There are various skewers available from 120 JPY, including torinegi (chicken and leek), tsukune (chicken meatballs), torireba (chicken liver), and more. Their secret, slightly sweet sauce matches well with their perfectly grilled chicken. You can take freshly-made skewers to eat and walk with, but if you have time, why not take a break and eat some yakitori in their eat-in space? They have a small drink menu that includes beer, sake, wine, and more, so it feels like a casual izakaya drinking establishment. The interior is an open space you can enjoy yakitori while feeling the energy of the street! It's a popular shop so it gets slightly crowded on Saturdays and Sundays, but please stop by!
3. Yakitori Ebisu
Nakatsu Karaage Kei is a fried chicken specialty shop. It's an influential shop that's been featured in various media, so on the weekends there's often a line. They have a varied menu, including items like boneless thigh (260 JPY (incl. tax) for 100g), tartar kaarage (500 JPY (incl. tax) for 4 pieces) in which the chicken is covered in tartar sauce, fried gizzards (230 JPY (incl. tax) for 6 pieces), and more. Among them, the popular boneless thigh is sold by weight so it's great that you can buy just a little bit! The chicken is cut into big pieces, and the marinate really soaks into the meat for supreme juiciness. The outside coating is crisp, so you'll definitely grow addicted to it! For people who want to eat fried chicken until they're completely satisfied, why not try the voluminous Kin no Toubako set (950 JPY (incl. tax)) that comes with fried boneless thighs, wings, and gizzards?
4. Nakatsu Karaage Kei
Floresta is a national doughnut chain. The concept is delicious doughnuts that are easy on the body, so their distinguishing characteristic is their use of as many natural and additive-free ingredients as possible and that each doughnut is handmade in each branch. Their charm is that they have a variety of doughnuts, from standard doughnuts, seasonal flavors, doughnuts shaped like cute animals, and more. Their menu includes their simple Nature doughnut (130 JPY), as well as organic cinnamon (150 JPY), chocolate (160 JPY), Earl Gray (160 JPY), and more. Their animal doughnuts (around 300 JPY) come in shapes like cats and bunnies and their irresistible cuteness makes them often sell-out. The crisp doughnuts have simple flavors, so if you buy a lot you'll end up eating them all! Have some as dessert after a meal!
In Japan, eating and walking is usually frowned upon as a breach of manners, but in places like festivals, stores that sell food specifically for eating and walking, and shopping streets that endorse it, you can enjoy it specially. Please remember not to litter, and enjoy these dishes perfect for eating and walking!
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