Obviously no trip to Japan is complete without having the best sushi of your life!
Continuing the Japan diaries!
Obviously no trip to Japan is complete without having the best sushi of your life.
Tsukiji Fish Market is the world’s biggest seafood market - it’s not a tourist attraction but a real working market so you can expect to see forklifts etc and have to be careful to avoid getting in the way. Please don’t be a self-entitled nuisance like people from a certain country - the market had banned tourists before on several occasions because of the problems they cause.
The star attraction of the market is the maguro (bluefin tuna) auction that starts at 5am…
Source: Japan Guide
… but we couldn’t wait up early enough lol.
When we finally did get up, we took the Oedo line to Tsukijishijo. (Exit A1)
By the time we reached there at 11ish, they were already closing and the sprinkler trucks were out prepping the empty market for the next day.
But the Outer Market remains open till about 2pm and this is where you can fresh seafood and other specialty items, such as seaweed, real wasabi etc. You can buy bowls and sashimi knives here too.
I bought dried scallops from here (the Singaporean in me wanted to scream out loud SO CHEAP!!) and they go soooo well with porridge and Chinese soups. In fact, I just added a few pieces to my fishball soup for tonight’s dinner <3
But this was not the main reason why we headed to Tsukiji.
This place changed my life forever.
Daiwa Sushi is one of Tokyo’s most famous sushi counters and waits of over an hour are common.
We queued for almost 1.5 hours omfg but trust me, it’s so worth it.
No makeup and no time to style hair cause we honestly did try to set off early :/
Our chefs :D
We got the set menu and this was the first course. I swear I almost died when I tasted the otoro! Party in my mouth!!!
Amaebi & Chutoro
I’ve never been a big fan of uni. This was the freshest I have tried, zero fishiness and tasted like the sea but sad to say, I still don’t like it very much :/
In fact, when the chef placed the sushi on my plate, judging by the way it was overflowing out of the gunkan, I was hoping it to be 20% uni and 80% rice. But as you know, life always has to make it difficult for you and it turned out to be about 10% rice and 90% uni :’(
So I stuffed it into my mouth and ate it as quickly as I could. And because the chef was watching me, I put up my best performance to look like I was enjoying it.
I must have been too convincing (damn all those years in the VJC drama club) because he gave me another piece of uni gunken, on the house… FML.
I gave it to Zach :/
THIS was the star dish in my opinion - Otoro aburi. It was so fucking good. Pardon my French, I honestly can’t find a better expression.
Told you it was fucking good.
The very cute Nui and our sporting and friendly chef :)
Absolutely no regrets in coming here - this was possibly the best meal I had in Japan.
The only regret I have is that we couldn’t find the time to visit this place again before we flew back :(
Walked around for a bit after breakfast :)
Till next time!
Seriously can’t wait to go back to Japan soon! Been keeping my eyes peeled for airline promos… my girlfriend recently got her SIN-TOKYO flight on JAL for only $400 round trip! Sooo jealous!
Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market
5-2 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
The outer market area is bordered by Harumi Street running east-west, and Shin-Ohashi Street, running north-south
Tsukiji Market Part 6 Bldg. 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan;