Medium spicy mapo tofu (Tsukiji)

Lots of tasty lunch spots are around my office.
Fresh seafoods, broiled or grilled fishes and noodles can be eaten at anytime.
But there’s one thing that I feel dissatisfied.

That is…. there is no restaurants that serve very spicy foods.

Of course, they have some medium spicy foods.

But I want to eat extremely hot foods like mapo tofu with plenty of sichuan peppers !

I’ve been work there more than 10 years, but recently I heard there’s one izakaya that serve severe spicy mapo tofu.

And that izakaya is … When I go to Hajime Sengyo-ten, every time I go through in front of that izakaya.
This simple izakaya that is named Tabenba
Appearance, Tabenba (Tsukiji)

Certainly, menu have the word “Sichuan-style Mapo tofu”

Umm… this izakaya never seemed to serve so spicy foods for me… :(
But anyway, I tried it.

They serve mapo tofu, Daddan rice noodles, deep fried oysters in season, grilled salted saury, and young sardines bowl, leftover meat of tuna bowl special to Tsukiji, etc at lunchtime.
What is the specialty of the shop !?????
(Well, they say they are Chinese-style izakaya :P)

Surely ! I ordered a Sichuan mapo tofu set (本格四川麻婆豆腐, 850 yen) !
Sichuan Mapo tofu set, Tabenba (Tsukiji)

I took no notice to the shop until that day. Over 10 years.
If it was an extremely spicy mapo tofu indeed, I would curse myself. But…

Sichuan Mapo tofu on the rice, Tabenba (Tsukiji)

I wan’t satisfied with the level of spiciness all the same.
And also it was thicken liquid because of containing potato starch and it wasn’t my taste. But it was rather tasty.

And, in plenty.

Sichuan Mapo tofu, Tabenba (Tsukiji)

By the way,,, this dish… it was similar to premiums that were offered by Yamazaki Baking :P

We can ordere another lunch sets with small portion of mapo tofu as side dish. In that case, we have to pay another 50 yen.
So, if you want, you can order your tuna bowl with small portion of mapo tofu. That must be seen at Tsukiji only.

On the way I was eating, the waitress put it on my table. Iced coffee.
Iced coffee, Tabenba (Tsukiji)
I didn’t know. I was surprised. The menu didn’t say the sets have drink.
Oh,,,, beef mug…. :P

Tabenba (たべんば)
7-16-9 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Open – 11:30 to 14:00, 17:00 to 24:00
Holiday – Saturdays, Sundays and another nationalholidays

This season has come this year, too ! (Hirai)

Now winter season has set in. The best season for Hotpot is here!
Though now I eat hotpot even in summer.
But, there’s precious hotpot that can be eaten only in winter !

I was waiting this season for a year !

That hotpot can be eaten here !
Toyotaya !
Appearance, Toyotaya (Hirai)

So small and narrow izakaya and it was entirely packed.
And …
The wonderful hotpots are on the menus !
Monkfish liver hotpot, Monkfish and monkfish liver hotpot, Soft roe hotpot, Oysters hotpot….Dainty hotpots !
Interior, Toyotaya (Hirai)

At first, we ordered our drinks. I ordered my drink a Highball with dried plum (梅干しハイボール, 320 yen)
Highball with dried plum, Toyotaya (Hirai)
This dried plum was tasty … ;)

Vinegared mackerel (しめさば, 580 yen)
This izakaya is popular as the hotpots, but this vinegared mackerel is great, too. Basically, I don’t like vinegared mackerel, but I welcome such a tasty vinegared mackerel !

Grilled eel’s innards (うなぎの肝焼き, 440 yen * 2)
Grilled eel's innards, Toyotaya (Hirai)
Its bitterness was awesome !

Well, our hotpot came.
Two portion of Soft roe hotpot (1900 yen * 2), one portion of monkfish hotpot (1800 yen) and one portion of monkfish liver hotpot (1900 yen) all together in the big pot :)
Soft roe1 and 1monkfish and 1 monkfish liver, Toyotaya (Hirai)
It is attractive picture for us, who love it.
But it is only a grotesque picture for people who hate it ,,,
Which do you feel ? ;)

It took much time to cook the hotpot, and some foods came another the hotpot. So, we waited the hotpot being cooked over eating another foods.

Simmered beef and tofu (牛煮込み, 400 yen)
Simmered beef and tofu, Toyotaya (Hirai)
Simmered beef was tasty and the tofu dressed with its fat and taste :)

Ham steak (ハムステーキ, 530 yen)
Ham steak, Toyotaya (Hirai)
So thick ham ! It went with the homemade onion dressing !

Deep fried oysters (カキフライ, 480 yen)
Deep fried oysters, Toyotaya (Hirai)

Sardines tempura (イワシ天ぷら, 450 yen)
Deep fried sardines, Toyotaya (Hirai)

Just a bit more ….
Cooking, Toyotaya (Hirai)
Basically, the staff cook it lest those are uncooked.

We had a second helping. The soft roe got smaller than expected and we weren’t satisfied.
One portion of Oyster hotpot (1400 yen) and soft roe hotpot each.
1Soft roe and 1Oyster, Toyotaya (Hirai)

Last, we put udon into the pot. Two portions of udon.
This udon was expanding in the  soup !
Udon, Toyotaya (Hirai)

That time was like dream. And I wanna go there again soon, within this year !

Toyotaya (豊田屋)
6-15-23 Hirai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
Open – from 16:30 to 23:30
Holiday – Sundays

Past articles about Toyotaya
* Feb 12nd, 2014 Soft roe, monkfish liver gathering in a hot pot (Hirai)

Eating tour on one Thursday 3/3 (Mikawashima)

We got off at a calm station that is named “Mikawashima”.
It is within a walking distance from Nippori, but contrary to busy Nippori, Mikawashima is quiet.

And Yamadaya stand along a quiet street, a little far from the calm station.
Appearance, Yamadaya (Mikawashima)
They are good at Yakiniku, especially innards of pigs & cows.

Interior, Yamadaya (Mikawashima)

At first my friend and I drunk a toast.
My drink was ginger highball (ジンジャーハイボール, 430 yen) that have a large slice of ginger.
Ginger high ball, Yamadaya (Mikawashima)
Whether I should eat the ginger or not is hard to decide :P (I didn’t eat after all)

At first, we ordered steamed beef tail (牛テール蒸し, 950 yen) that is very popular among guests.
Steamed beef tail, Yamadaya (Mikawashima)
It’s mass of collagen !!!

And pig’s liver sashimi (豚刺し, ? yen).
We might not be able to eat it before long in Japan. Already serving cow’s liver sashimi is restricted by law and some of people that serve cow’s liver as raw in restaurants were arrested. Not only the owners but also part-time workers. Incredible…
So owners are very nervous. Also Yamadaya didn’t show it on the menu, though pig’s liver sashimi is not restricted yet. I couldn’t know its price. They called it “Pig’s sashimi” and they never used the word, “liver”.
Pork liver sashimi, Yamadaya (Mikawashima)
It’s so tasty all the same.

Steamed fatty pork tongue (豚タントロ蒸し, 650 yen)
Steamed fatty pork tungue , Yamadaya (Mikawashima)
I ate much tongues that day :P Pig’s tongue was good, too. As you see, so fatty :D

After that another friend arrived at the shop. So, I ordered a coke (コーラ, 240 yen) and drunk a toast again.
Coke, Yamadaya (Mikawashima)
I need coke while eating yakiniku,

We ordered a second helping of steamed beef tail, but it was already sold out :(
Alas, I wanted to eat more :O

Uterus sashimi (コブクロ刺し, 670 yen)
Uterus sashimi, Yamadaya (Mikawashima)
Its texture was funny. And it was fresh and tasty. Lots of green onions and ponzu went with the uterus very well.

After that we started to eat yakiniku.

Thickly sliced beef tongue (厚切り牛タン, ? yen)
Thickly sliced beef tongue, Yamadaya (Mikawashima)

Good smell …..
Grilling beef tongue, Yamadaya (Mikawashima)
Though it was thick, it was easy to chew ! And so fatty !

Aged-beef (熟成肉, ? yen)
Aged beef, Yamadaya (Mikawashima)
It was not on the regular menu. The name was hanged on the wall as special. So I forgot its price.
The staff said it is aged for 60 days, so I think it must be expensive. Though it is not good expression, aged-beef is just before rotten.
As you see, those didn’t have good color partly. But the more it was chewed, the tastier it became.

Deluxe sirloin (上ロース, 1450 yen)
Deluxe Sirloin, Yamadaya (Mikawashima)
The menu not says it is aged-beef, but it looked like long aged-beef and tasted great.

Beef large intestine (テッチャン, 800 yen)
Beef large intestine, Yamadaya (Mikawashima)
That’s mass of fat !
We are thirties and forties, so it’s hard to eat the mass of fats up :(
When we were in teenagers, we must have eaten it greedily…

Kkakdugi (カクテキ, 400 yen)
Kkakdugi, Yamadaya (Mikawashima)
Much fatty meats made the inside of our mouth sticky, so we ordered a kimchi.

Simmered giblets with salt (牛塩もつ煮込み, 530 yen)
Simmered giblets with salt, Yamadaya (Mikawashima)

And, Yamadaya’s special assorted beef innards (山田屋ホルモンミックス)
Yamadaya's special assorted beef innards, Yamadaya (Mikawashima)
Some parts of cows’ innards were on the dish randomly.

Beef spleen sashimi (チレ刺し, 670 yen)
Beef spleen sashimi, Yamadaya (Mikawashima)
Beef spleen and reticulum were mixed together.We had to eat soon because the water of the reticulum got out of it sooner.

Gomguk soup (コムタンスープ, 1050 yen)
Gomguk Soup, Yamadaya (Mikawashima)
It’s a beef tail soup.

Yamadaya (山田屋)
3-18-10 Higashi-Nippori, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo
Open – 12:00 to 14:00, 17:30 to 22:00
Saturdays – 12:00 to 14:00, 17:00 to 22:00
Holiday – Sundays, Mondays

Eating tour on one Thursday 2/3 (Kita-Senjyu)

After got out of Tankiyo, we tried walking to Kita-Senjyu.
But it was very hot that day and we gave up walking at Minami-Senjyu.
We got a subway train there. We were at only a few stations till Kita-Senjyu.
But still we couldn’t.

I think this’s the first time to visit Kita-Senjyu. It was busy shopping street.

A few minutes walk later, we arrived at a cafe that is named Chaka popular as pancake.
Apperance, Chaka (Kita-senjyu)

It was just a lunchtime (We already finished eating, though :P), so there was no
vacant seat and we had to wait a minutes at the chairs outside.
But we could enter the cafe earlier than expected.

The inside was cute, too.
Interior, Chaka (Kita-senjyu)

Because we were full with beef tongue stew, so we decided to share one pancake.
My drink was hot coffee. Plain pancake and drink set cost 900 yen.

After 10 minutes or so, our pancake came.
Pancake, Chaka (Kita-senjyu)
The brand was lovely  !

Maple syrup was in the heart-shaped container !
Brand, Chaka (Kita-senjyu)

It’s more soufflé than pancake.

The creme seemed to be sandwiched between the doughs.

It had a natural sweetness and was enough tasty without maple syrup and butter.

I want to visit Kita-senjyu again, with my empty stomach :)

By the way, pancake became popular a few years ago but I thought it would go out
within half a year.
But those are still popular.
Cafe Kaila in Harajuku still have soooo many people waiting everyday.

After that we killed time at the street and Kita-senjyu Lumine and at five p.m.
we went to Mikawashima for our dinner.

Chaka (茶香)
1-24-8 Kita-Senjyu, Adachi-ku, Tokyo
Open – from 11:00 to Last order 18:00
Saturdays, Sundays and another national holidays – from 11:00 to Last order 17:30
Holiday – Mondays
HP –
(in Japanese only)

Celebrating myself with salmon roe (Tsukiji)

I intended to post about the sequel of Tankiyo, but I completely recovered from poor health today(Maybe some foods disagreed with me)
I refrained from eating raw fishes until I got better.
So I went to Hajime Sengyo-ten to eat such a fresh raw seafood today’s lunchtime !

Horse mackerel and salmon roe bowl, Hajime Sengyo-ten (Tsukiji)

He, he :D

Today’s lunch sets were …
*Horse mackerel and wild tuna bowl 1000 yen
*Horse mackerel and marinated salmon roe (their own cooking) bowl 1000 yen
*Boiled young sardines and salmon roe bowl 1000 yen
Though I wanted to eat sea urchin, unfortunately (or fortunately ?) they didn’t have sea urchin today.

Yes ! Their own cooking marinated salmon roe ! It more attracted me than sea urchin ! I ordered a Boiled young sardines and salmon roe bowl !
Salmon roe, Hajime Sengyo-ten (Tsukiji)

Those surfaces were so soft and easily broke by shock and heat of rice.
But the rice with those contents were so tasty :)

Of course, the fresh horse mackerel was perfect. But today, the salmon roe was far better. Extremely good.
Horse mackerel side, Hajime Sengyo-ten (Tsukiji)

Hajime Sengyo-ten serve so tasty seafood at lunchtime, but we can’t know the menu until we get to there.
And it’s stand-up-eating izakaya. There’re no chair. Still, I have no choice but go to there for tasty foods.

Today’s Hajime Sengyo-ten was great, too :)
Appearance, Hajime Sengyo-ten (Tsukiji)

Hajime Sengyo-ten (はじめ鮮魚店)
7-16-14 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Open – from 11:30 to 22:00
Holiday – Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays

Eating tour on one Thursday 1/3 (Akihabara)

I took a day off for eating beef tongue stew at Tankiyo in Akihabara the other Thursday.
Tankiyo is so popular yakiniku restaurants as serving so thick slices of beef tongues and serve beef tongue stew at lunchtime on some Thursdays.
But we can’t know whether it is held or not until the Mondays
And I have to apply for leave before two weeks.
So, I was very anxious until I found it was going to be held on the Thursday on twitter.

But they said they’re going to be open on the day on twitter !
I was so happy at the news !

We thought we should go there before 30 minutes before the opening time to be sure. But my friend said the previous day that we should arrived at there at least one hour before the opening time.
So, we went to there one hour before but there were already a minimum of 10 people waiting !
Wooow … !!!!!

40 minuites before the restaurant opened, at least 40 people were already there.
And 20 minutes before the opening time, the staff started to hand numbered tickets out lest people cut into the line.

Entrance, Tankiyo (Akihabara)

A little past 11 a.m., we could enter the restaurant. The restaurant was small and lots of tables and chairs were packed. We had to share the tables.
Only we had to do is returning your numbered ticket to the staff,sitting and waiting until our foods come because they serve beef tongue stew set only at lunchtime.
Just if you want large portion of rice, you have to say “large portion please”.

I had never seen such a still restaurant. All were silent solemnly.

Everyone waited in calm.

What were they waiting so calmly. Why were they concentrating ?

Beef tongue stew set (タンシチュー定食 ,1000 yen)
beef tongue stew set, Tankiyo (Akihabara)

It is not a ordinary stew.
beef tongue stew, Tankiyo (Akihabara)

Hey !
beef tongue, Tankiyo (Akihabara)

Look ! Look !
Lots of pieces of beef tongue, Tankiyo (Akihabara)

Lots of lumps of beef tongue were in the bowl !!!!!
Simmered beef tongue until those getting soft !
Extremely good ! Gorgeous ! And so valuable !
That’s natural that people waiting from one hour before !

Everyone ate in silent.Seriously. Everyone couldn’t see anything else but their foods.

By the way, this food’s name is beef tongue “stew”, but it’s more simmered beef tongue than stew.
The soup was light and we could drink it up.

It was far better than I had expected. I feel like going there again soon, but I can’t take a day off so frequently.

When we got out of the restaurant (around 12:00), they already stopped accepting.
Close, Tankiyo (Akihabara)
Maybe they prepare about 50 sets. Amazing….

But I want to go there again :)

After that we went toward Kita-senjyu by walk.

Tankiyo (たん清)
Lions mansion Akihabara building B1F, 45 Kanda Neribei-choi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Open – from 17:30 to 22:30
Irregulary thursdays – from 11:30 to 12:30 (Beef tongue stew only)
Holiday – Sundays and another national holidays
HP –
(in Japanese only)

Omotesando – Harajuku at weekend

I went to Omotesando for shopping at the weekend.
Omotesando was so crowded and it astonished me.

I wanted some clothes for this autumn and winter, though, I couldn’t find something attract me.

Though I couldn’t buy something, I felt hungry because I walked too much. So, I moved to Harajuku area.
My target was here.

Appearance, Minoringo (Harajuku)

I knew they serve qeema curry with plenty of cheese melting on it by TV. It really attracted me.I intended to eat it. But !
I saw the menu and I felt like eating not only qeema curry but also another curry.

This. I ordered a Minoringo Special (みのりんごスペシャル, 1300 yen) that have both qeema curry with onsen tamago and chicken curry !
Minoringo Special, Minoringo (Harajuku)

To my disappointment, the chicken curry is too mild for me. I love spicy foods. The more spicy, the better :P
Keema, Minoringo (Harajuku)

But this qeema curry had so juicy minced meat and it was so spicy. I like it :D
And this qeema curry was spicer than I had thought and the chicke curry refreshed my mouth moderately.

I thought it don’t need cheese.

But I’m interested in the taste of the keema with cheese, too ;) I want to try it next time.

After that I walked through Takeshita street to Omotesando. But Takeshita street was overcrowded. There was no space to stand in ! I felt scared !
I was entirely tired but I bought some goods at some shops, I walk around Cat Street and then I went toward a kissaten that someday I had wanted to go.
But to my great sorrow ! It was holiday ! And regular holiday ! Silly me ! I could kick myself !

Still I found a cafe its building and decided to have a coffee at the cafe.

Appearance, Lattest (Omotesando)

I knew later, it was also a popular cafe. It was stylish and clean.
There were lots of people, and many of them have something Apple’s products. Iphone, laptop or ipad :P
It seems anything but a Apple’s showroom :)

Cafe latte, Lattest (Omotesando)

Afterall I couldn’t buy some clothes at Omotesando and Harajuku. And I was exhausted. But Omotesando after a long long absence was so fun :)
I want to go there again soon.

Minoringo (みのりんご)
West building 1st floor, 1-22-7 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open – from 11:30 to 15:00, from 19:00 to 21:30
Saturdays, Sundays and another national holidays – from 11:00 to 19:00
Closed – Mondays (in case it is holidays, it is open)
HP –
(in Japanese only)

LATTEST (ラテスト)
1st floor, 3-5-2 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open – from 10:00 to 19:00
Saturdays, Sundays and another national holidays – from 12:00 to 19:00
Closed – no holidays
HP –