Dear Food Diary:
Asakusa is one of the “must” for anyone visiting Tokyo. With tons of shops, side streets and alleys. The Kuminarimon temple gate, Nakamise traditional shopping street, Gojunoto five story pagoda and anything from sweets to savory. Plus, souvenirs for everyone on your list.
The first time I visited (5 years ago) was a complete visual overload and blur. This time around, I brought StalkerBoy (the pixelated version in the photo is the only one he allows to show) and as people visited us, like any good host, I went along. After a few visits, I compiled some of my favorites, from ramen to snacks.
Here’s a video of it all… there’s so many treats for the eye and tummy.
YOROIYA – Tsukemen Lunch
Cold tsukemen hits the spot during the summer months. The noodles were extra bouncy. The dip is a broth with soy and scallions. Puffs and spicy dried shrimp is also added. A little sweet and spicy. With braised pork and bamboo pieces on the bottom. A lot of umami but subtle enough you could drink the dip at the end by adding some of the noodle water.
Loud slurping is the proper way to eat ramen in Japan, sound and all. I obviously failed. I suggest watching the folks around the counter – monkey see, monkey do.
There’s a really good pudding at Testa Rossa cafe. Really creamy, rich and silky. They come in a variety of flavors too. I like the original.
Karin Coron – snacks to take home
This is located across the street from the Yoroiya, a great stop after having tsukemen.
The Asakusa inspired paper used for their packaging is really pretty. I’ve used them as gift wrap. The quality is really good and it has a matte, textured finish. The snacks range for $3-$5 a pack, I think just the unique paper itself makes it worth while, it just so happens that the snacks are really good too. Win-win.
Wasabi fava bean is my favorite. Has a sweet finish, a little savory with a punch of wake-me-up burst from the wasabi.
Roasted Peanut is wrapped inside this melt in your mouth tofu and black sesame ball. Very fragrant and unique.
A little savory, a little sweet and a ton of umami from a little peanut.
Assorted fava bean pack has a good variety of curry, seaweed and cod roe flavors.
At this cute little shop, the Japanese twist on macarons come in flavors like milky sea salt, green tea, black sesame, brown sugar, strawberry.
I loved how my salted one came with what resembled a heart. Right? The perfect balance of milky, sweet and a touch of salt.
Black sesame desserts are always winners in my book, this was no exception. Their macarons have another layer of meringue like on top flavored accordingly. Inside the crumbly yet moist cookies are filled with a creamy base that’s loaded with flavor. Not overly sweet, just the way I like them. I ate the whole box in one sitting, to my defense, these babies need to be eaten asap after purchasing (the lady at the shop told me so).
Don’t miss visiting one last time during night time. When all the stalls are closed, there’s a calmness. And it’s lit beautifully. Great way to take a walk at night.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this “short” post. Just too many things to share.