BUT MOSTLY EATING IN JAPAN

!!!!! IT'S HERE. IT'S TIME. IT'S IN ALL CAPS.

Folks, I hope you're not hungry (jk I hope you ARE hungry) because this post is about to get real. Japanese food is amazing. Like, duh. But truly: I didn't have a single meal in Japan that I didn't like. Everything was spectacular, inexpensive, and a foodie's (ew) heaven.

Grab your chopsticks and let's dive in!


P.S. If you thought my other posts were photo-heavy... I have bad news for you.

I'm not really sure what the best way to organize this post is so I'm just going to post a bunch of pictures in no particular order, but grouped by type of food, and explain below. Sound good? (You have no choice.)

SUSHI

FUN FACT: Aside from imitation crab California rolls, I had never had sushi ever before in my life before going to Japan. Obviously, I knew I was going to have to try it when I got over there, but I was sooo nervous. (I hadn't had fish in years. Like, literal years.)

I used to make fun of people who were like "my last meal would be sushi!" and now... I get it, and I'm sorry.


My one true love: salmon sushi rolls with mayo and avocado. OMG getting so hungry just thinking about it!

This was at Uobei Sushi, which was a conveyer belt sushi restaurant! You sit next to each other facing an iPad and order off of that. Then the plate zooms out and stops right in front of you. It's awesome and dangerous. Because you order one plate at a time, you can eat a lot more sushi than you originally intended. Then when you're ready to leave, they come to count the different colored plates that are all different prices. I think here I got like 6-7 plates of sushi and it cost me less than $10.


 

  

The sushi on the left was my first sushi of the trip in Tokyo (on day one, lol)! I walked past a ton of restaurants looking for "something better," but suddenly found myself in a more residential neighborhood and away from restaurants. I vowed that I would go to the next restaurant that I have... and low and behold, it was a sushi restaurant. I got salmon because it translates to "salmon" in English and Japanese. WIN-WIN-WIN.

Lightly boiled shrimp is underrated and delicious. I was nervous because of the poop vein (lol) but it was very clean and good.


On the train from Hiroshima to Tokyo ๐Ÿ˜ข One last sushi and beer meal for the road.

NOODLES

The one thing you can always find no matter where you are in Japan is a noodle house. You might not have any clue what's in your bowl, but I promise you, it's all delicious. From ramen to udon to soba... you just can't go wrong.

You eat the noodles with chopsticks and a spoon, and slurping is not only encouraged, but not slurping is frowned upon! Hence everyone slouched over their bowls eating like noisy maniacs.


The above bowl was my first meal in Japan! It was at a noodle house around the corner from my hostel and SO GOOD. (Plot twist though: the egg was cold? And came in the shell. I was so nervous that they gave me a raw egg, haha. But it was amazing!) I almost went twice because daaaaang, it was so good.


 

The ramen on the left came out of a vending machine! (Sort of.) You place your order on the machine after following a very loosely translated English map, hand your ticket to the chef behind the counter, and BAM. Bowl of ramen in front of you. 

The soba on the left is from (wait for it...) 7/11! There's a 7/11 on every corner in Tokyo with everything from sushi to edamame to soba noodles! While the group I was with got curry, I went to the 7/11 and picked this up. They headed it up for me and it was soo good. We should def adopt this in America.

 

I still dream about the udon on the left. It was so hot and I 100% burned my tongue on it but WOW, was it worth it. It was actually the only udon bowl I had while I was in Japan, which seems crazy but ramen is just too good. 

The bowl on the right was from the Kyoto Ramen Factory. I got salt and pepper ramen with chicken thighs... WOW. Delicious. (Are we sensing a theme here?)


These are the noodles I dipped into my soup... ๐Ÿคจ Again, no idea if that was right... but if it was wrong, maybe I don't want to be right?

  

These are Hiroshima style noodles! It was so good. Also with a vending machine... hence why I ordered green onions even though those already came with the dish. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผ‍♀️ I got an egg on the side (not pictured) and even though I'm pretty sure I ate it totally wrong, it was still tasty! And spicy.


Although these came with directions, when I left I think the staff was laughing at me. YOLO. (Also... please note the missed translation of "bowl")

 

My last meal in Japan ๐Ÿ˜ญ I ate at a ramen bar in the train station and guess what? It was another amazing meal. I ate it all because I was so sad to leave and also starving and also ramen is just amazing.

(I feel like I need to share that while there's no shortage of "real" ramen in Japan, I saw PLENTY of grocery stores with cup o noodles and .99 cent ramen packets, so get out of here with that nonsense!)

OKONOMIYAKI

A food so exquisite it gets its own category! Enter: okonomiyaki (pronounced exactly how it's spelled). This restaurant in Hiroshima always had a line outside, so on my second night there I decided to just go for it. 

(If you're walking from the Peace Park to the shopping district it's right across the bridge on the right - you can't miss it!)


Okonomiyaki is an egg and noodle pancake with various fillings and toppings. I got the garlic version with soba noodles (they told me soba would crisp up vs. udon, which would be soggier). It was SO GOOD and so filling! I couldn't eat it all, but luckily I made a friend sitting next to me and he helped me out.

 

MISC (lol)


I had no idea how big "beer culture" is in Japan, but it's everywhere! Kyoto and Tokyo both had several craft breweries throughout the cities, and EVERYONE drinks beer. Beer with sushi. Beer with ramen. Beer on the trains. Beer everywhere!


...like I said, beer everywhere. Japan has open container laws, so it wasn't uncommon to see beer vending machines in urban areas. (Vending machines, in general, are all over Japan, even in residential neighborhoods.) Imagine this in America though, how chaotic.


A savory edamame and cheese pastry? I mean, sounds weird but whatevz.

 

I got the bento box on the left for my train ride to Kyoto. Honestly, it was the worst thing I ate in Japan. I didn't finish it, haha. I should've just gotten sushi instead, but oh well.

Luckily I also got this grilled salmon triangle (wrapped in seaweed and rice). So tasty!


Wrapping up this food post with Japanese sweet potato! These sell in America for like $4 a potato, so when I saw them in Kyoto for $1/cup I had to get some. They were coated in sugar and very delicious.

Annnnd fin. Thanks for reading this long and rambly post again! Tomorrow is the end of Japan week, and I'll be talking about all of my expectation vs. reality moments. ☺️

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