Japanese food (NOT sushi!)

There’s a street in our neighborhood seems to be the epicenter of shady nightlife in the area. We just assumed it was only home to cheap back-alley strip clubs, until one night we noticed this:
A Japanese restaurant! It had lots of hand-written signs in Japanese, and looked like it was a little more authentic than a lot of the Japanese restaurants I see at home.   We decided to give it a try.  (Sorry Mike’s arm got in the way here…)

First up, of course, was some Asahi.

I like Asahi, but overall I’m getting a little tired of pale beer. I could go down to the Irish pub and get a pint of Guinness, but when you realize that a single pint costs more than you spend on food for two days, it just doesn’t seem like the smartest option.

Next was a block of cold tofu. I know that sounds less than appetizing, but it had grated fresh ginger, green onions, and some sesame oil. With a little soy sauce drizzled over the top, it was actually really good! The texture was a little more rustic than the silken tofu we get at home, but the flavor was more complex.
The gyoza was okay. It was a little greasy and not evenly fried, and I thought the wrappers were a little gummy. But of course I ate it anyway, because soy sauce and rice vinegar can make up for a lot.
I picked something at random from the menu, and had no idea what it was; I like to live dangerously. (Seriously, it can be dangerous in a place that loves serving liver and intestines.) What appeared before me was this giant yellow ball (and yes, that’s ketchup sliding down the side):
It was a thin layer of cooked egg, and inside were these delicious noodles! Now I just wish I had written down what it was called so I could find it again.
After finishing our food, Mike declared that we have to move to Japan immediately if not sooner. I wasn’t totally impressed by the food, but I wouldn’t mind a visit to Japan sometime in the near future.


4 Responses to “Japanese food (NOT sushi!)”

  1. 1 Brianna May 11, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    oh how I miss those omelets with the rice inside and gyoza and yakisoba! Those pictures are making my mouth water! we always found that the sketchiest-looking places always ended up being the most interesting (if not the best food). and yes, you DO need to go to Japan so we can compare travel stories! 🙂

    • 2 Brianna May 11, 2009 at 11:32 pm

      oh I forgot … the “giant yellow ball” is called “omuraisu” or “omelet rice.” Usually it’s made with a ketchup-y rice inside, but that yakisoba inside looks even better. my husband used to always order that!

  2. 3 Phil May 13, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Haven’t seen anything from you in almost a month….hope the Japanese food didn’t have anything to do with that.

  3. 4 Yohei November 14, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Hi. I just have found your blog by chance and found it very interesting.

    I’m a Japanese and living in Tokyo. I was surprised that you know so much about Japanese foods.

    The reason I’m posting this comment here, is because I’d like to let you know the name of the very yellow bowl that you enjoyed. It’s called “Omu-soba”. You may be able to guess that it’s a combination of the name of omelet and yakisoba.

    “Omu-soba” is usually served in “Okonomiyaki” places. If you’re not familiar with “Okonomiyaki”, come and visit Japan, especially the city of Osaka or Hiroshima where you can enjoy typical two kinds of the “Okonomiyaki”. Of course, you are very much welcome to come to Tokyo where you can enjoy every kind of Japanese foods.

    It was really fun to read articles in your blog and I’m looking forward to reading the rest from now on.

    Thanks for this opportunity!


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