I’ve seen drool-worthy instragram posts on gyukatsu but the 45 minute waiting time just doesn’t appeal to me. Also, the beef is fried for less than a minute so it’s not suitable for the little girl.
However, when I met up with Kim and her husband on my own (gasp! Without Little A! ), we ended up eating at Gyukatsu Motomura 牛かつもと村。We were in line for 1.5 hours though but we made do and caught up with stories while in line.
We were just walking around a random neighborhood (Koenji) and chanced upon a matsuri aka festival. Japan is peppered with various events during this time.
Before anything else, you would need to change your money for their festival money. I guess this eliminates having to account for sales per booth.
You use it to pay for food, drinks and games.
This is a very popular festival game. Fishing for balloons and balls.
And fish. There are prizes inside the fish bags.
You can also learn origami from this guy
Ooops blurry! Or sit here and have these ladies draw your portrait. Some of them are really good! Some are still learning. DrG’s theory is that these ladies are from the art school near this shotengai.
Staple festival food- yakisoba!
Hotdog on sticks, fried goodies and sweets.
It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon! Walk around and you might see one yourself!
This is a tiny place in Shin-nakano that can only sit 16 people. 谷川 is run by an elderly couple. The man is the chef and the woman serves as the host, waitress, cashier. They’re quite an amazing team.
Lunch time menu. Not the most exquisite freshwater grilled eels but they offer value for money! 1500 for unagi don. Regular prices would be at least twice the price.
These were grilled perfectly. Little A ate half of this bowl.
I ordered this for Little A but she prefered my unagi. Next time, she’s getting her own bowl!
With limited seats and good food and service, it’s best to get there early.
4 Chome-29-2 Honcho, Nakano, Tokyo 164-0012
After an afternoon of water play, we looked for a shop that makes ramen burger in Nakano.
Tita Sil was the one who found this restaurant!
The Original Burger made with 100% angus beef patty smoothered with their secret sauce (onion based) with a side of tortilla chips (780yen)
The Works is the original burger that comes with bacon, egg and cheese (1100yen)
I liked The Works better because…bacon. Kidding aside, the patty is very flavorful and juicy albeit thin. You can order double patties if you want though. The noodle buns are packed so it won’t disentangle on you when you bite into the burger.
I’m not sure if it is something I would keep going back for but it does make for an interesting snack. For a smallish burger, it is more expensive than your regular fastfood fare.
It’s located at 2-28-8 Jiraigen Building, 2F
Opens at 11am
Eat in, Take out ok.
It has been raining on and off this week. To entertain Little A, we baked some goodies!
I saw the recipe below and figured we could do this easily. I didn’t have some ingredients on hand but I suppose it would be alright to substitute whatever we had on our pantry.
Vanilla Almond Milk = Soy Milk
Shredded Coconut = Ground Flaxseed
Dates = Prunes
Almond Butter = regular unsalted butter
Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies (recipe from the link)
- 1½ Tablespoons chia seeds
- ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- ¾ cup old fashioned oats
- ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup chopped dates
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chunks or carob chips
- 1 Tablespoon creamy almond butter
- large pinch of cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In a small bowl, stir together the chia seeds and almond milk and let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes, or until the chia seeds have created a nice gel-like consistency.
- Pour the chia seed gel into a medium sized mixing bowl and add in the mashed bananas, oats, coconut, almond butter and cinnamon until well combined.
- Gently stir in the dates and chocolate chunks.
- Scoop out dough (about 1-2 tablespoons worth) onto a baking stone or a greased cookie sheet and use a fork to press the dough down a little to make more of a cookie shape. You should get about 15 cookies.
- Place in oven and bake for 17-20 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookies have browned a tiny bit.
- Take them out, let cool and enjoy.
It turned out really great! She had fun mashing the bananas, measuring the ingredients and mixing everything together. She even ate some of the chopped prunes before she dropped them into the bowl.
Little A ate three cookies right after we baked them.
There were more food that came! Here are some snippets…
Masuki’s Original Mami. An old family favorite even if the place is old and stinky!
Carmen’s Best Ice cream. Very popular nowadays but it is hard to beat the Hokkaido ice cream here in Japan.
Fruits like mangoes and sineguelas! Cannot find them here!
Bananaque! Sweet and sweet! I have missed this fried saba goodness!
Dimsum breakfasts at King Chef and Causeway Bay (pictured)
Make your own pizza at Project Pie
Bizu’s cakes. Oh Japan, you’ve ruined me!
Brown butter’s black sesame with mango cake. Worth the trouble and calories…
Aristocrat’s palabok is still good
And so is their boneless chicken barbeque
I’ll just add this Flying Saucer to the list. Yummy! It is really simple to make but they do it well!
Oedo’s chirashi. Sad! And expensive!
Cafe Shibuya’s Ferrero Toast 🙂
Bibingka at Pamana, Tagaytay. Really good Filipino food!
Hotpot Buffet at 4 Seasons!
Sisig at Abe
As usual, the vacation flew quickly by. Truly enjoyed the time spent with family and friends. Until next time! 🙂
Sometimes, we wake up early enough to have breakfast outside.
I like this place because they serve comfy foods. Reminds me of lazy Sunday breakfasts when we were young– everyday can be lazy Sundays mornings!
Galette with 3 kinds of sausages
Omelette with sausages
Homemade corned beef on fried rice with eggs
Hot chocolate for me.
It’s good if you’re near Teacher’s Village. If you have to travel far and wide to get there, I suggest you find other breakfast places in the metro. They’re a-plenty!