Saturday, 11 February 2012

BBQ ’ing in Shibuya!

I was in Japan almost 2 weeks ago now for an inspiration/buying trip and to be honest I was more looking forward to the food than the fashion.  The food did live up to my stomach’s desires as you’ll soon see, but I was also pleasantly surprised that my excitement for clothes and culture nearly went off the Bianca richter scale as well!  The last time I was in Tokyo I was rushed, no time to take it all in and there weren’t so many of the large fashion chains set up either, so this time around I actually found it a worthy, fabulous shopping haven for myself.  After being stuck there for 2 extra days I was in agony that I could not buy everything that pulled at my heart shopping strings due to luggage weight restrictions and to add to it all I kept on seeing these fabulous food joints which surpassed the number of times my stomach could eat in one day, so I missed out on a MOS burger and horse sashimi.  However I did eat some yummy things. . . .

On one of the nights we had this amazing meal at this BBQ place (the one on Level 4) which was set out in little sunken booths with the built in BBQ's.  It was perfect for another freezing night.  I was travelling with 3 colleagues so it was great that we could order a whole variety of things.  As you walked in you can see in the fridge all the chunks of raw meat.  The more marbled the beef the better!  First up we had this mixed plate of meats, pork, beef and chicken, and “lil willies” which were an artificial sausage concoction of tasty salty meat things.  Everything does taste better when it is cooked on a BBQ!  The beef was melt in the mouth and the smokiness on the pork was so tasty!  The Japanese I noticed love their cabbage.  I think we were meant to eat it raw, but heck we BBQ’d it anyway and it tasted ok, but yeah raw was better.  Everything was marinated in this yummy miso, shoyu sesame seed sauce which was delicious.

Then we had the shitakes, enokis and that big toadstool looking one at the back there.  I’ve never BBQ’d these mushrooms before and my lord, they were yum!  The woodiness and butteriness too was amazing!

Then we had to have some rice and got the Korean dish of Bibimap.  It means mixed rice dish and it was literally mixed for us by the waitress in a hot clay pot with gochuyang, the chilli paste and all the veges.  She told us to wait until it was crispy.  They never tell you this in Sydney, let alone mix it expertly for you.   It was worth the wait as the crunchy rice bits were the best bit.

More BBQ’d beef wrapped in I think it was cos lettuce leaves with some type of chilli paste, also very very tasty.

Vegetable and prawn cakes.  These were soft and gooey and tasted better with the chilli paste.

We were too full for dessert.  But after walking around a bit and checking out a book store we stopped by the convenience store near our hotel and I needed something sweet to end the night, so not having eaten any green tea ice cream I had to get the green tea classic crispy sandwich from Haagen Daaz. 

And OMG, seriously this was the best dessert from a packet ever!  The rich, creamy green teay ice cream which was in a to die for hard shell of green tea flavoured chocolate was so yum, and mixed with the super crunchy wafer biscuit on the outside, it was the bestest dessert ever!  Did I already say that, but it was the best.  I want one now!  How do I get this to Sydney?!

There will be more Tokyo posts to come.  Peace.

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