– James Beard
While we were in Japan, we decided to focus on street food finds. We were also able to stumble upon local restaurant gems. So, what did we eat? Here is a preview.
TAKOYAKI OR OCTOPUS BALLS
Love it or Hate it? Love it! This street food find surely hits a spot and we both wished we ate more than a dozen! It was served really hot. The sauce complements the taste of the batter itself, and its somewhat sweet. In each bite you can taste the seafood goodness of the octopus. What's not to like with that?!
Love it or Hate it? Love it! The Tamagoyaki was still hot when we had it and the eggs are as fluffy as it can be. The eggs are so light that you want to order another round. This can be found at Nishiki Market and one of the famous must try.
TAKO TAMAGO OR OCTOPUS STUFFED WITH QUAIL EGGS
Love it or Hate it? Love it! We couldn't help but to buy one when we passed it. The Tako Tamago is chewy and savory with a hint of salty and sweet. The quail egg inside is a nice twist on your bite.
DANGO OR JAPANESE SWEET DUMPLING
Love it or Hate it? You will notice, its everywhere and thus piqued our interest. We find it Meh! If you see one, get one just for the sake of it.
FRIED FISH CAKES
Love it or Hate it? Love it! Everywhere in Asia, you will find a variety of this fish cake. Different shape and different ingredients but almost taste the same. Our advice is order one on the side of the road and taste it! You might probably end up loving it.
MATCHA ICE CREAM OR GREEN TEA ICE CREAM
Love it or Hate it? Hate it! It was getting hot during the day so we decided to eat something cold. Kyoto is known for its green tea. If you love green tea, you will surely love Kyoto. However, we did not like the green tea ice cream because it was too bitter for our taste. Probably, with a little bit more sweetness with it, we would love it.
YUBA OR TOFU SKIN
Love it or Hate it? Love it! At the middle of the bento box is Yuba. It was mixed with some soy sauce and the taste is very silky. Definitely, melts in your mouth. Oh, and the bento box preparation in Japan is just awesome!
YUKKE OR JAPANESE STEAK TARTARE
Love it or Hate it? Love it! Nothing wrong with a steak tartare wherever you go. Asian or French, we are up for it!
In general, we enjoyed our street food finds and still daydreaming of the best takoyaki and tamagoyaki we ever ate.
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