Just a little recap of more highlights from traveling in Japan! I aimed to seek out a few of my favorite things–taste a little bit of home, too–in both Osaka and Tokyo.
All Day Coffee was a tiny nook in Osaka Station that looked like something you’d see in the US–advertising some pretentious flair with mellow wooden accents and a sleek pourover that tasted smooth and rich on my tongue.
No trip to Jiro, y’all. But I still ate heartily! My palate for sushi is far from refined, but after this trip I developed a fondness for fatty tuna (but as lean as you can get), salmon, and unagi (eel). I’d dip the fish in a pool of soy sauce, and the salty tang mixed with fresh seafood flavors were followed by a refreshing sting of wasabi. The conveyor belt destinations kept trundling out plates and plates, so no doubt I ate well. Particularly at Tokyo’s Sushi Zanmai located right in the hub of the famous Tsujiki Fish Market (pictured here).
Ramen is sort of like the Japanese version of “meat and potatoes”–a heap of noodles and slices of meat floating in a rich, savory broth glimmering with oil. So delicious and hearty, yet a task to tackle the entire bowl. This tonkotsu creation was found in Tokyo’s Ramen Street, a popular tourist destination.
This Japanese dessert is basically a waffle pressed in the shape of a sea bream fish and stuffed chock full of azumi bean paste. The place in Osaka I went to is quite venerable–it’s been open since 1910 and still serves top-notch quality in these iconic confections.