Sunday, June 17, 2007 8comments No tags Permalink 0

6:00 am, Tuesday morning: Tsukiji!

Oh yes, there was enough eye candy for us all!

Next to the market are rows of barracks housing restaurants and stores, look at all this tamago one guy was selling!

It’s mind boggling how many people wait in line for sushi at 7:00 in the morning!

Our omakase was an incredibly good deal at $38. I’m not going to comment on every piece, as there are plenty more posts I wanted to share with you, and the trip to Bangkok! So forgive me, but pictures do tell a thousand words and then some :)

My favorite was the uni, so cold and buttery, the texture resembling chilled soft cream on the verge of melting. We were allowed to select one more item at the end, and I went with another piece of uni (my parents had the fatty tuna).

A second after taking this pictures, the clam literally jumped off the rice. And the guy next to me shuddered out loud. Man, he was missing out.

At first I thought that there was nothing on the rice, but look closely and you’ll see dozens of tiny shrimp.

Oh that full feeling of satisfaction!

On the way back to the station, I passed a stand selling squid ink soft serve.

I stood there for a good minute, debating whether I should give it a try, but what the heck, how do you know whether you like it or not till you taste it?

Ohohoh, it was strange. I didn’t dislike it, nor did I like it very much. A little sweet, but more salty, it left a very bitter, oh so bitter aftertaste. It won’t satisfy any dessert cravings. Not will it curb salty cravings. It’s one of those curious in-between things. My tongue and lips were totally black after finishing it.

It’s hard to stop eating, because no matter where you go, even if it’s just walking back to the station, good food is screaming everywhere. And they make it easy for you to eat by selling food from stands or just inside a street shop. Oh man the temptation! While waiting for my sister to get a bottle of water, I spotted a lady selling mochi. And so what did I do?

Get one! But this time, I shared of course! It was a simple round of matcha flavored mochi filled with azuki bean and dusted in kinako, but as I reconfirmed on this trip, the best things are simple.

And just when I thought I was done with dessert (I don’t usually have so much sushi, then soft serve, then mochi before 10am!) I found more mochi!

And the worst part is that my mom loves mochi even more than me, so she was urging me to get it, “when’s the next time you’re coming back here?!” she insisted. Sometimes my mom is like the devil’s food advocate.

But you should always listen to mom! I could find no difference in flavor between the pink and white mochi, but these were significantly chewier and less sweet than the ones I grew up eating at home.

The majority of mochi I’ve encountered here are either plain or filled with azuki bean paste, but I wish they would do something more interesting like blend black sesame paste into the mochi, or fill it with mashed taro. Just a wish though…no complaints! :)

  • anonymous
    June 17, 2007

    Wow…squid ink ice cream??? I think I would be just as curious as you, but I’m glad you tried it first because I’m not sure how much I would like bitter and salty ice cream…..interesting. I’ve been seeing a lot of authentic Italian places turning out dishes using squid ink, like Cafe Sistina, and it sounds interesting and strange.

  • Robyn
    June 18, 2007

    I’d totally try that squid ink ice cream too. YAAY!!And omg mochi. Mochi galore. GALOOORE. Fab. I’d much rather eat that then sushi, hehe…would love to visit the fish market someday though!

  • elmomonster
    June 18, 2007

    craaaazy! squid ink soft serve. man, what an eating adventure! i’m salivating at every one of your posts.i like your line about your mom being a ‘devil’s food advocate’

  • anonymous
    June 19, 2007

    Tsukiji was one of the highlights of a trip to Tokyo several years ago. The sights, sounds and smells are burned into my memory like yesterday. We too lined up for sushi at 7:00am. (The crab brain was my favorite at the time.)I’m living vicariously through your travelogue. Please keep the Japan/Thailand posts coming.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    June 19, 2007

    Hey Anuhea!I sent you an email over the weekend, were you able to get it? Cafe Sistina is my favorite Italian restaurant in Honolulu, oh man, his rissottosssss! :)Robyn!There was like mochi every corner you turned, in all the supermarkets, department stores, and even 7-11! Hey Elmo!haha, sometimes my mom says, “oh that’s so unhealthy, you really shouldn’t” when I’m have a bad craving for sweets. But then on the occasions I don’t want it, she’ll say, “well we might not come back here!” sigh. what can you do?? :)Hey Alan!I’m glad your enjoying my posts, I’ll keep them coming! :) Tsukiji was simply amazing – all that energy and good food going on in the early morning, it was like another world!

  • Chubbypanda
    July 18, 2007

    Sometimes I think the Japanese stay so thin because they walk everywhere. Public transit and walking. Helps burn calories.

  • anonymous
    February 21, 2008

    different from what you had back home (808) because everything here in hawaii is SWEET, HEAVY, and FATTENING. hahaha i’m kama’aina too, but i don’t think i have ever gotten used to local food. i always feel gross after eating out anywhere. [my mom came from japan, my dad was local… but you know, we ate AUTHENTIC japanese all the time thx to mom!]

  • anonymous
    February 21, 2008

    i grew up in japan.and let me tell ya, never have i realized such a craze for “mochis” (as it is often pluralized in america…) back at home, it was so normal. here in america, it seems like mochi this, mochi that.. and the mochi isn’t even the same! and what’s with all the butter mochi, and chocolate mochi? blech. another thing that’s annoying? when people call short-grain japanese rice “sushi rice”. so wrong! haha sushi rice= japanese rice that has been seasoned with mirin, salt, and sugar. anyway, not sure if you’re still in japan, but if you traveled to southern part of tokyo, there you can find lavender ice cream. that is, ice cream made from lavenders. it’s like heaven in a cone. the best ever. the flavor, the creaminess…. ohh, it beats Bubbie’s if you know what I mean!

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