My family have always brought me up to try new things, especially in the world of food. During my primary and high school years, my family hosted several Japanese students which opened up my tastebuds to new cuisines and dishes that were fresh to the senses. This exposure at a young age, matured my palate to the cultured soul that it is today. I wanted to sink my teeth into what Tokyo had to offer, so I was thrilled to find a Tokyo by Night: Japanese Food Tour. Our wonderful tour guide, Kiri showed us some traditional Japanese food, commencing the night with Yakitori (BBQ skewers), followed by a sweet serve of Taiyaki (Fish shaped waffles with various fillings). I really enjoyed the caramel and chocolate fillings, most of all. Secretly, I even came back for more the next day! For the main, we were introduced to Monja which is a speciality of Tokyo...something I have never heard of before. Coming from the western world, the concept was quite bizarre to me. It was like cooking a gooey pancake on a hotplate, leaving it to caramelise on the pan like melted cheese. When it gets to this semi crispy state you use a mini spatula to scrape up a little and eat it fresh off the grill. Kiri cooked us the first one on our table, but the second one was left in the fate of our hands, naturally everyone pointed to me to save the day. Little did they know that I was already putting up my invisible hand to cook it! Thankfully, mine turned out ace and everyone was pretty happy and surprised with my efforts for a first attempt, phew.
Lastly, we finished the night with Okonomiyaki aka"okonomi-yummy", which is a Japanese savoury pancake. I thoroughly enjoyed it topped with some Japanese mayo, katsu sauce and bonito flakes.
If you're interested in tasting some interesting dishes and you only have a night in Tokyo, it's worthwhile checking out this tour, Kiri is an absolute pleasure and it's a very casual night out. Besides the delicious food that I sampled, I really enjoyed meeting new people from all over the world!
Which dish would you love to try in Japan?