Traveling is a way to experience new cultures and gain new perspectives, but it is nothing without food. My trip to Tokyo would definitely have not been anything without their delicate cuisine. Tasting the local cuisine can give you insight to the culture of different countries and it truly feeds your soul.
Tokyo has a lot of different dishes that I was able to taste for myself. I tried everything from traditional ramen, yakitori, and sushi. However, I do have to say that my favorite dishes of all were the desserts. Everything and anything matcha flavored were my go-to choices!
Green tea soft serve in a cone was comforting to me even in the cold weather.
Green tea cheese tarts from Pablo Omotesando in Harajuku was a delightful surprise. I heard the phrase cheese tarts and automatically thought cheesecake, but it’s nothing like that. Once you crack into a cheese tart some heavenly goodness oozes out of the tart. We tried all the flavors available to us!
The ramen from Ichiran in Harajuku, Tokyo was pretty tasty with a clear broth that had a distinct pork taste to it. I added a some chili flakes and I satisfied my ramen craving.
The yakitori was probably my favorite meal in Tokyo as I like exploring and eating innards. This specific restaurant hidden somewhere in Shibuya required that we take off our shoes before we go to our table. I was expecting to sit on the floor like the other customers, but for some reason we were giving a regular table.
The most unique experience in Tokyo was a sushi dinner. Everyone had their own iPads where they can order from and within minutes your food would miraculously arrive in a moving skateboard type of machine. I was able to try Uni for the first time and it just melted in my mouth. Up until last year, I was allergic to all seafood, so I’ve been venturing out to see what I’ve been missing all these years. Needless to say it has been a wonderful food adventure.
Last but not least, my family and I stumbled upon a food court in one of Shibuya’s malls. It was filled with an assortment of food, however, there was nowhere to really sit and eat. So we just sat on the only bench we could find as strangers looked at us like we were crazy. I didn’t care though. I was extremely hungry! I was able to take a picture of my food as I was in a rush to eat it, but here is a picture of one of the stalls my mom enjoyed buying food from.
Oh and here’s a picture with my favorite snack in Tokyo: seaweed chips. I have an obsession with chips, as well as, the bread bar at the hotel I was staying in. Two of my guilty pleasures.
I hope you enjoyed my food tour around Tokyo. I recommend finding hole in the wall places around Shibuya and Harajuku. Some of the best places are in the subway stations of these areas!
Comment and let me know what your favorite Japanese dishes are!