sugared black beans. They were not bad, but definitely different.
steamed buns. So yummy. I have a recipe I can’t wait to try.
First few drink experiments: The pouch is actually jello in a pouch. They’re really into jello-y things. The melon shake was good, but very thin. The aloe peach drink was good, but very sugary.
This one, though: melon cream soda. It’s delicious.
Okonomiyaki. I’ve had this two times and it was different both times. The first time it was cabbage, egg, sweet potato, mayonnaise, and the filling (garlic and cheese that time). The second I had tuna and leek as my filling but they didn’t use sweet potato and instead used noodles. It was still good with noodles, but I didn’t like it as much, and with the sweet potato it was a favorite. Once cooked you top them with chuno sauce and fish flakes. YUUUUM.
Matcha ice cream swirled with purple sweet potato ice cream. The matcha is good and I’d had it before, but the sweet potato ice cream was just sweet, not much flavor.
Coco’s curry with some friends. The “fast food” curry. It was still really good, though!
*Something* at a fish festival. I thought it was going to be fish inside… but it wasn’t. Still yummy!
I don’t know what these are called, but they’re sweet dough with fillings like pumpkin, sweet potato, caramel, chocolate, and red bean. I liked sweet potato best.
Grape soda with bits of jello and something else… it was definitely different… and we probably won’t have it again.
At an all-you-can-eat Yakiniku and shabu shabu place. The yakiniku is grilled and the shabu shabu goes in water and boils. You pick your meat and then cook it yourself.
Leftovers are roughly $2/100 grams, so eat up!
wagashi – what they traditionally serve with tea. This one was made with beans and sweet potatoes.
Very tasty lunch: miso soup, rice, some pickles, tea, and then we each had a different kind of meat with veggies in our bowl. The manager talked with us a lot and helped us know how to eat it all properly. 😉
We followed a sign and a line to these tasty, hot sweet breads.
A sampling of ice cream. 😉 They like ice cream and they like displaying models of their food.
If you like Frozen you’ll like this whipped cream.
Ramen and gyoza
This has ice cream, but it is not an ice cream cone: it’s a crepe with cream, a brownie, and matcha ice cream. They’re all over the place here. It was a neat idea, but the cream was kind of gross. We want to try to make this ourselves.
Grapefruit soda. Very refreshing.
Rice cracker with sugar and sesame.
Onigiri – shaped rice with fillings, wrapped in seaweed, but in such a way that the seaweed stays crisp.
I was told McDonalds is higher quality over here, so we tried it. Not recommended.
But they do have interesting choices, like breaded pork with black sesame paste.
Not caramel… “peanuts cream.” VERY sweet peanut butter.
Lest you think we eat out all the time… fruit from a shopping trip. It’s expensive, but very good. And we finally found figs, after searching for a year in San Diego.
And we try to copy what we eat out at home. This is Japanese curry and it was a lot of work, but so good!
Overall the food so far is very tasty, though sometimes quite different. I’m glad we’re adventurous eaters and like to try new things because there is so much good stuff out there!