Kiraku Ramen Shop – Torisawa, Yamanashi-ken

Kiraku Ramen Shop - Torisawa, Yamanashi-ken
  There is a non-descript ramen shop about 75 meters from JR Torisawa Station called Kiraku that specializes in cha-shu pork.  The thick chunks are extremely tasty and amazingly tender.  The ramen and fried rice is competent but nothing special.  The cha-shu pork is special.  Japanese Gourmet Navi entry is here.  The google maps street ...

Ueno Shoryu Gyoza Restaurant

Ueno Shoryu Gyoza Restaurant
There is a wonderful gyoza restaurant buried inside of the Ameyoko marketplace in Ueno.  You might walk by it a hundred times and never notice it.  The queues can be quite long during meal times because seating is very limited but it is well worth the wait.   Google search references are here.   Google ...

Nokke-don in Aomori

Nokke-don in Aomori
I visited the Aomori Gyosai Center and enjoyed Nokke-don which is a process where you have a do-it-yourself bowl of rice topped with fish and seafood of your choosing. There are numerous blogs describing this. Do a search like this and you will see many entries. The google maps street view is here   Very heavy snow ...

Tsunahachi Tempura Restaurant

Tsunahachi Tempura Restaurant
I visited the Tsunahachi tempura restaurant at the Daimaru food floor above Tokyo Station again but went there for dinner instead of lunch.  The price is a little higher than the lunch specials but well worth it.  I ordered one of the omakase seafood choices, about Y4000 plus beer and was not disappointed.  They have an ...

Deflation in Japan

Deflation in Japan
One menacing characteristic (from a macroeconomic viewpoint) of the Japanese economy now is deflation. It’s evident at izakaya (watering holes) everywhere in Japan. Y300 plates (or less). Food has really come down in price since the heady Bubble years and it is really nice to enjoy a few beers and tapas for a little bit ...

Tonkatsu at Sueyoshi

Tonkatsu at Sueyoshi
Day 11 PostNote: This is from a series of trip reports from my January 2010 Tokyo Trip. They are random musings about whatever seems interesting for that day. Seems like an annual event now but on day 11 I went to Akasaka to visit my second favorite tonkatsu restaurant in the world (Katsuretsu-an being my ...

Fresh Wasabi 2

Fresh Wasabi
Most people have not seen fresh wasabi.  It costs about US$21/lb wholesale so it’s not cheap.   Here is a picture of some at the wholesale market in Tsukiji.

Gyoza in Utsunomiya

Gyoza in Utsunomiya
I am one of the biggest suckers for venturing out to try something when I hear a place “is known for” or “specializes in” or “is the <choose food> capital of Japan” so I headed out to Utsunomiya one morning to try the gyoza there.  It was certainly delicious but not much different from any ...

JAL Executive Class Dinner (->USA)

JAL Executive Class Dinner (->USA)
The Japanese dinner offered in JAL Executive Class on flights leaving Japan is pretty good.  I starts out with eight courses of very delicious dishes followed up by an entree with rice and miso soup.

Kiraku Ramen Shop

Kiraku Ramen Shop
I don’t know how many ramen shops there are in Japan.  It must be in the thousands.  In the small town called Torisawa which is in Otsuki City in Yamanashi where my wife’s mother still lives there is a small ramen shop called Kiraku.  It is famous for the incredibly tasty chashu pork.  Here are some ...