I’ve just got back from a Japan trip, and instead of starting a new topic, I’ve decided to just follow up on the many Japan posts I have on-site.
In Japanese yoshoku restaurants, there’s a popular dish called Hayashi Rice. While going on a deep dive, I randomly came across Hayashi Rice’s origin, nestled in my favorite Tokyo neighborhood of Nihonbashi.
Just two decades ago, beer options in Hawaii were pretty limited. Nowadays, an abundance of great local craft beers and imports are well within reach. If you’re ready to learn where to get your hands on some “Good Beer”, look no further.
You may have heard Momofuku’s David Chang wax poetic about convenience store fried chicken in Japan and I’d have to wholeheartedly agree. If you haven’t tried fried chicken at a convenience store in Japan, you’re seriously missing out. In this post, I’ll not only list my favorites, but I’ll have some info about when to go, along with some tips on selecting a good branch.
If you’re planning out your first trip, or even if you’ve been to Tokyo many times. There’s a small neighborhood not recommended in any guidebook that you should definitely look into, the old downtown Edo neighborhood of Ningyocho.
It’s been almost 20 years since the original Iron Chef series was televised on the Food Network. Since then, trying the cuisine from each of those chefs has been on my bucket list. Just last month, I went to finish my personal “Iron Chef Grand Slam” at Masahiko Kobe’s Ristorante Massa located in Ebisu. Allez Cuisine!
If you’re traveling to Japan and planning to eat ramen, Hong Kong to eat dim sum, or Taiwan to eat some beef noodle, don’t start your research with an English-language publication or review website (like Yelp). These article writers and travelers most likely had the regional food just a handful of times in their lifetime. Instead, crowdsource millions of people that eat that type of food every day by simply using their country’s version of ‘Yelp’.
Hawaii is probably one of the best states in the US to partake in East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine. In part three of the tourist’s guide, we cover Japanese food types that you are less likely to get in your hometown.
So you’ve been to Hawaii before, or you’re staying for longer than a small handful of days. In part two of the Tourists’ guide, we start the intermediate course and cover food topics for the slightly more experienced Hawaii traveler.
In early 2018, the food documentary Ramen Heads (ラーメンヘッズ) was released in Japan and the US. Being the over-prepared travel planner that I am, I decided to map out all of the locations from the documentary so I could potentially hit up a couple of these locations the next time I’m jonesing for some good ramen in the Tokyo Area. Listed below are the names and addresses of the places shown in the movie, with a google map at the end so you can easily find your way to these places as well.