Japan day 11: food bucket list

Yesterday I talked about a food bucket list and a reader asked what else there is on my list. The list didn’t exist (yet) on black and white, only in my head. So here is my food bucket list for Japan.

To eat:

– good sushi, tuna sashimi, salmon sashimi [✓ ate today]
– desserts from Dominique Ansel Bakery Japan
– tempura, fried stuff
– yakitori, meat on a stick [✓ ate today]
– chicken wings from Yamachan
– natto on rice, fermented soy beans

Already ate:

– Kobe beef
– onigiri from 7eleven
– flan from 7eleven
– curry bang
– ramen
– okonomiyaki
– takoyaki
– meat over rice, beef don
– udon
– shabu shabu, hotpot
– Coco curry
– Kura Sushi, win a toy
– ekiban, lunch box in the train

Good sushi

Today we finally ate sushi. It was at a small store near Nijo castle. When we arrived no one was there yet. So I have been able to film some sushi action. I will make a video about the restaurant, because the experiences were so pleasant.

Inside there were three old chefs. One chef could speak some English, so he took our order. Luckily the menu had photos. We picked a sushi set with tempura and one with a mini hot pot. Two chefs skillfully started making the sushi in front of us. And in the back the third chef was preparing the hot stuff.

The sushi was just perfect. Soft tuna with fluffy, light flavoured rice. Every sushi piece had the perfect mouthfeel and taste. There was a small bowl of rice with egg pancake slices, fish eggs, unagi and fish meat. The taste was so well balanced. Every bite was perfectly flavoured. The hot pot soup was also very good, sweet and salty. This has been one of my favorite food experience here in Japan. One chef also advised us how to eat the sushi, which sushi not to dip in the soysauce and how to eat the hotpot. Very nice of him to teach us some food culture.

Yakitori, meat on a stick

For dinner we had stick food. It was not that mind blowing. Just okay sticks. The chicken+leek was the best. I think we need to go to a better place to eat yakitori. So my food bucket list for Japan is almost done. Still 4 things I want to try.

Tomorrow: back to Tokyo. More ekiban on the train!

Japan day 10: Kobe beef

So today we ate Kobe beef. This was on my food bucket list. Check ✔, also done. So how did it taste?

Soft, squishy, a little vain, but sweet beef. *Squish squish* with every chew. It’s like eating the fat part, but not that greasy. From a lot of YouTube videos I heard: “melts in your mouth”. But for me it’s not really melting on your tongue, but just very soft, creamy and squishy. The texture doesn’t really feel meat-like. The taste is really nice combined with on of the three sauces: soy sauce, Himalaya salt and their special miso sauce. But it doesn’t have the biggest beef flavor, more of a subtle beef taste.

The bill? € 210,- per person. Yes, that’s a lot of money. Ate it all. We had a menu set with a beef starter, oxtail soup, salad, 100g Kobe beef, veggies, desserts and an after drink. Is it worth it?

Meh, not really. Other (sous vide) beef is also very good. This is just an eat-experience you can’t create yourself. So if you are a fan of meat, you should have tried this once. Also, the service of the restaurant was excellent. Very attentive and thorough. You also pay for that experience.

We went to Bifteck Kawamura in Kobe, the Sannomiya branch. I might write a more extensive story about the place (or not).

Kobe beef at home?

Can prepare Kobe beef yourself? If you buy the Kobe beef.. I wonder if you can easily buy it if you are not a restaurant. Let’s Google this..

Omg! It’s hard to find Kobe beef outside of Japan. But lately they are exporting cows to Europe. You can buy Kobe beef in the Netherlands according to this list. Larry Olmsted talks about eating Kobe beef outside of Japan, but you have to be careful, it might be not the real deal. It’s an interesting article…

So, would I want to eat it again? No, not really, it’s too expensive. And I prefer the meat texture and beef taste of a sous vide steak. One day, Lazy Penguin will show you how to make it.