Fabulous food in Japan

It’s been over a week since my last meal in Japan, but I can still taste it. It was that good. In fact, all the meals I enjoyed were fantastic. The most uninspiring meal I had all day (and this is saying something) was my breakfast: a bowl of freshly cut grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and mango. Usually accompanied by a freshly made waffle with Canadian maple syrup. It was a great meal, but nothing in comparison to the new experiences that waited throughout the week.

The first night I arrived, dinner was Korean Style Barbecue. I enjoyed beef short ribs (which I have told you I love!), beef tongue, and pork belly as the meats. An assortment of veggies arrived too, but my favourite was the kimchi. The flavour was unlike any I’d tried before.

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This was a lunch I had at a swanky restaurant in the Ginza district. I enjoyed the most heavenly Tekago-Bento Box full of treats, and of course miso soup and rice.

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A sensational meal experience was had at the Moritaya Restaurant on the 35th floor of a highrise in downtown Tokyo. Check out this crazy view!

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The view of course was stunning, but the meal was epic. It was a traditional Sukiaki meal. This involves their local Kobe beef sliced like it was prosciutto and cooked in soy sauce and sugar in a cast iron skillet on the table. Veggies were added to this and then served in a bowl with a raw egg. It was heaven.

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This was dessert. How pretty is this?!

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Another sensational meal was a sushi dinner. I enjoy sushi. Very rarely do I eat the raw fish variety. I ate & loved everything put in front of me, raw fish and all. The only exception was the sea urchin, eww.

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I also got to experience a Shabu-Shabu meal. Thin slices of beef and pork come on large trays, a platter of veggies arrives, all are cooked quickly in a broth simmering at the centre of the table. It was beyond tasty. What I enjoyed about cooking while you ate was the pace. More time for conversation between bites.

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My final meal was an Udon noodle lunch. This was so beautifully presented and tasted equally as good. I really love how every meal I enjoyed was first enjoyed by the eyes in a very deliberate and delightful way. It definitely added to the eating experience.

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And while this isn’t a meal, it will (and has already) be a part of many meals at home. My souvenir from Japan I bought in the Kappabashi district, also known as the kitchen district. I bought the most fabulous knife and got my name engraved in Japanese characters on it!
I’m in love.

Here it is getting engraved.

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And finally, my precious.

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4 Comments

  1. by Christine on March 18, 2013  1:21 am Reply

    Oh my gosh, Heather! I'm bookmarking this post! LOVE IT!!! All of the meals you posted make me miss my 2 yrs in Japan! Now I'm hungry!

    P.S. Love your blog!

    • by Heather on March 18, 2013  1:03 pm Reply

      thanks Christine! it was SUCH yummy food:)

  2. by Julia on March 18, 2013  1:40 am Reply

    Seeing this post makes me eager to visit Japan, if only for the food. Thank you for sharing.

    • by Heather on March 18, 2013  1:03 pm Reply

      thanks for reading Julia!

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