Known as “Tokyo’s Kitchen”, Tsukiji Market is not just a place for shopping, but also for eating tasty food. It has rows upon rows of famous restaurants! Each dining spot here has a long history, and pays special attention to their distinct flavors. Below are 10 recommended shops out of the myriad of establishments in the market. Choose their bestsellers and experience authentic, delicious dishes!
Edomae Sushi, Donburi, Soba... Simple Japanese Dishes in Tsukiji
If you go to Tsukiji, you’d definitely want to taste Edomae Sushi. At Ichiba Sushi – a restaurant that specializes in Hon-maguro (Pacific bluefin tuna) caught in coastal waters – order the Omakase Nigiri (the chef chooses the sushi that will be served to you). You must try the Jotoro, which is between Chutoro (medium-fatty tuna) and Otoro (fatty tuna). It has a superb amount of fat, and it’s so delicious that you’ll almost unconsciously sigh the moment it enters your mouth!
Chicken lovers have a high regard for the Bonjiri Ontama-don (rice bowl with chicken tail and a soft-boiled egg on top) from Toritoh. It is directly run by the well-established chicken wholesaler, Toritoh, which is located at the Tsukiji Outer Market. This restaurant inside the market takes pride in its quality-guaranteed branded chicken. With soft, delicious meat, and strongly-flavored chicken tail, this is a superb donburi (rice bowl with toppings).
If you prefer seafood for your donburi, then go for the Ebidon from Odayasu. The impressive ebi (prawns) on top of the rice are large, tender, and really fresh! Stuff your cheeks with this delicious dish, and your mouth will be flooded with exquisite flavors, filling you with an indescribable emotion.
People who are picky about their sushi should be appeased by the omakase course of the well-established restaurant, Sushibun. It was founded around 170 years ago, back when Tsukiji Market was known as the Nihonbashi Fish Market. The sauce that comes with the anago (conger eel) is still made based on the original recipe from when the shop first opened, meaning it has an authentic Edomae flavor. The aji (horse mackerel) and anago are particularly delicious, so be sure to try them!
If you love soba (buckwheat noodles), then head on over to Fujimiya – the only soba shop inside Tsukiji Market. Here, the famous dish is Kamo Seiro. It combines the finest kind of duck sourced from the chicken wholesaler at Tsukiji Outer Market, Toritoh, with chewy and thin soba noodles. Order the Tenzaru (chilled soba with tempura) (1,300 JPY) with fresh prawns from the fish market, and enjoy flavors that are unique to Tsukiji!
One of the real pleasures of being in Tsukiji Market is walking while eating. For your snack, grab the old-fashioned yakidango (grilled dumplings made from rice flour) from Mosuke Dango, which started in 1898. The top-grade rice flour used for the dumplings comes from Koshihikari rice (a popular variety of rice). Whether you put an (red bean paste) on top, or grill the rice dumplings with soy sauce, you are guaranteed to enjoy deep, refined flavors!
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If you feel hungry, then don’t think twice about going for the Char Siu Egg Teishoku (barbecued pork and egg set) from Tonkatsu Yachiyo! Instead of ham, you will get three slices of roasted pork. Take a bite to enjoy superb roasted pork that will melt in your mouth. You might need lots of rice for this!
You should also take a look at the special set menu offered by Senri-ken, which is tremendously popular among people who work at Tsukiji. Known as the standard breakfast of Tsukiji, this set comes with cream stew that has a soft-boiled egg, toast, fresh vegetables, and coffee or tea. You can even have the stew to go!
For those who prefer curry, you have to try the Aburi Char Siu Curry (curry with flame-grilled pork) from Nakaei. The recipe for this spicy Japanese-style curry has remained the same since 1955. The roasted pork shoulder and rib meat that comes with this curry are really heavy and filling. Mix the shredded cabbage with the curry sauce to make the taste milder!
There will probably come a time when you’ll want to eat ketchup-flavored spaghetti to bring back old memories. Try the Naporitan spaghetti from Iwata, which is known to taste like what cafes from the Showa era used to make. This shop’s menu is filled with many other affordable and filling dishes as well, such as Shogayaki (ginger fried pork) (550 JPY). No wonder it has a lot of regular customers!
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 29.09.2017]
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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