Its been a while since I’ve written a blog post.. Mostly because I am just uninspired and lazy. Partially because I forgot I had a blog.
Well~~~~ I’m back and I’ve got some photos from Tsukiji I want to share! I can’t believe it was my first time to come here even though I have lived in Tokyo over a year… Fail.
So getting there isn’t too bad. Since it is in Tokyo and it is a tourist attraction, there are going to be tons of signs in English as well as Japanese. I took the train to Tsukiji station and just followed the signs to “Tsukiji Market”. To be honest, just follow the crowds…. everyone else is also headed there to buy fresh seafood or stuff their faces like me!
So I don’t know if this is like an entrance.. but it was where all the people were going so.. LET’S GO! It was so crowded.. I went at around 11 AM on a Wednesday morning (12/28) but I feel like it is part of the experience of Tsukiji outer market. I am sure you can plan your way through the many many stalls, but the easiest way to tackle this is to just go forth and let your eyes guide you. See what you like.. Stop.. Eat.. and keep going.
You will find stalls with everything. From vegetables like fresh wasabi roots to fresh live seafood. Since it is almost New Year’s in Japan, we saw a lot of stalls with “Katsunoko” aka Herring Roe. It is a popular side dish for Osechi, New Year’s meal in Japan.
First stop, we found a stand with oysters and scallops. We got two fresh raw oysters, a grilled butter scallop, and of course some steamed oysters too. They were huge! Yummy!
Just keep walking.. Follow the crowds.. Let your eyes guide you. Trust me. If you go in circles…well … I hope you don’t. haha
Next stop: Sweet tamagoyaki on a stick. They are 100 yen/ stick so about $1 ish. I will warn you, these are sweet. They are SO fluffy and best eaten warm. They also have a side area where you can buy full tamagoyakis to take home and eat with your family. I highly suggest just waiting in line for the sticks. The line for this place was long but it moves quickly. Just go up to the cashier when it is your turn and say how many sticks you want. I wish I got more!!!!
It was crowded anywhere you went but just keep moving and look for more snacks!
Ever go on YouTube to watch videos of a place before you go there? Well…I did that for Tsukiji because I didn’t know what to expect. Every video I had watched had this stall. I was desperately searching for it and I’m glad my nose picked up the scent of the buttery uni and hotate(scallop) They are a bit pricey.. But look at all that uni that gets piled on top!!
To the left of the uni/scallop sticks stand is a “kani miso” stand. I guess kani miso is like the gizzards/brains of the crab? It is definitely something you have to get used to if it is your first time trying it. It has a briny taste.. I grew up on it so I had to get one. But.. 700 yen for one was a bit much.. They were first steamed and blow-toarched.
These 3 are actually all like together. So first, get the scallop with uni, kani miso, then get some fresh uni straight from its shell. They had a variety of uni to choose from. They had some from Russia some from Hokkaido. Dam.. they were pricey though. I wish I didn’t spend 1500 yen ~$15 USD…but YOLO. I just had to try it.
So… Tsukiji is mostly a fish/seafood market but there are fruit and vegetable stands as well as sweets stands!
Time for some Strawberry Daifuku and white strawberries! Have you ever had a white strawberry? I had never seen them til I came to Japan…but omg they are so much sweeter!!
Lastly, there are tons of shops with kitchenware and knives.. Be careful you will be searching and have the hardest time choosing which to get.. BUY THEM ALL!!!
So.. I am sad I didn’t eat any kaisendon or magurodon or unidon or sushi (~~don=rice bowl)
Maybe next time 🙂