Trip to Tokyo, Japan. Part I | We Ate Horse, Whale, and Chicken Raw

Konnichiwa! im back from asia finally!

our 1st stop was tokyo japan. we flew with ANA japanese airlines. the food was ok on the plane. probably no one is traveling at this time of the year, the plane was super empty. the flight attendants made each one of us candy bag thingy.
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we took the NEX express train from the airport to the city. around-trip costs about $100 and an hour ride.
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shinjuku
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i LOVE japanese convenience stores.
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have u played the video game yakuza? its based herejap4

ramen and cigarettes vending machines and hippo kinder. I LOVE KINDERS!
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this time in japan, our mission was to find basashi (raw horse meat). i did my research and found a few restaurants to check out from http://tabelog.com/. with the limited japanese pork belly speaks and no 3g, we couldnt find any of the restaurants hahaha. we just looked for restaurants closeby that sells basashi. and we found one!

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yuzu cocktail and beer
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not only they had basashi, they also had raw whale meat served with ginger, scallions, and garlic puree! i believe japan is the only place you can get whale meat. cant remember what it tasted like specifically, but it did taste firmer than other fish.
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BASASHI! 馬刺し combo also served with ginger, scallions, and garlic puree. it was delicious. very tender and not gamey at all.
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raw chicken marinated in their special sauce. this wasnt my 1st time eating raw chicken. it was even more delicious than i remembered. it tasted more like fish than chicken.
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whale bacon
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chicken yakitori
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a lot restaurants in tokyo open late and some are 24 hours.
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i want everything!
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we stopped by another restaurant for basashi. you order food on this screen next to your table. i think i would enjoy living in japan because a lot of things are self-serve or sold by vending machines and less human interactions. i hate talking to humans.
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what i also like about japan is they are pretty big on secluded spaces in public areas.
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they give you these edamames once you are seated and charge you $5 per person! wtf
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BASASHI! 馬刺し again. they tasted even better than the last one.
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Don Quixote. its like a discounted store sells everything from grocery, makeup, school girl uniforms, gucci, chanel, electronics, to alcohol, kitchenwares. they are many locations and open super late if not 24/7
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asian girls are desperate for double eyelids
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Takoyaki makers
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there are SO MANY ramen shops in tokyo, probably every 3 steps, there’s a ramen shop. how to find good ramen? i’d like to believe there is a rule of thumb: good ramen shops usually only offer one or two types of ramen/broth. like this ramen shop i visited, they only offer Hakata-style ramen.
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spicy mustard greens, sesame seeds, crisp and sweet pickled ginger
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the broth hakata-style ramen is primarily made with pork bone that are cooked for a long time over high heat so the bone marrow can release into the broth which gives richness and depth. the noodles that used in hakata-style ramen are usually thin and white but firm in texture. popular toppings are chashu, kikurage (wood-ear mushroom), and negi (green onions) like in my ramen below.
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oh boy did it smell good! the broth had mind-blowing depth, richness, and flavor. add some spicy mustard greens and sesame seed, you, my friend, are in pork heaven. altho the noodles were thin, they were al dente and cooked to perfection. the kikurage was crunchy which added an interesting texture overall.
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shibuya crossing, one of the busiest crossing in the world.
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Hachikō statue. have you seen the movie? Hachi? thats the statue of the dog. i cried to death when i watched it.
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denny’s restaurant in japan
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bubble tea
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red bean cake
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to be continued.

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26 thoughts on “Trip to Tokyo, Japan. Part I | We Ate Horse, Whale, and Chicken Raw

  1. Travel to Iceland where you can get whale meat, horse meat, puffin meat and our infamous rotten shark to try out. Also whales are not fish they are mammals which is why their meat is so good.

  2. You’re so adventurous! I’ve never had horse meat or whale before. Love the photos. Also, I can’t believe how classy Denny’s is in Japan. Can’t wait to see more posts soon.

  3. Yup, ANA is the way to go when flying to Japan. Nothing comes close.

    My favorite part of this post: “…because a lot of things are self-serve or sold by vending machines and less human interactions. i hate talking to humans.i hate talking to humans” – I couldn’t agree more!

    Great photos, but they REALLY make me miss Japan. 😦 We love the convenience stores and vending machines too!

  4. whoa… i didn’t know people eat raw chicken. that’s some risk taking there! uncooked chicken has potential for all kinds of illnesses. how did you feel afterwards? I’m guessing ok cause i assume you’d write about it afterward!

    this ramen you write about here looks soooo good!
    and also, i have seen hachi and i cried during the entire movie! ugh!

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