Day 1 seafoodie venture@Tsukiji Market, Tokyo

Time to dive in some delicious seafoodie foodie venture! Sadly the market wasn’t open that day. Crowd was less, but still substantial to keep the entire place lively. We walked around just seeing all sorts of foodies, dried, fresh and cooked. 

We passed by this restaurant, Tsukiji Sushiko, which has several branches within the Tsukiji area itself, and also in other parts of Tokyo.

This restaurant was either new, or recently refurbished. The smell of wood was strong, I loved it. And the place was very clean, common for most places in Japan. We sat by the bar to see the chefs in action prepping the food.

First up: chirashi don! The sashimis were crazy fresh. Crazy fresh!

See how the layer of sashimi slice just almost falling out from the gravity. The rice was pretty amazing as well. Nicely cooked, each pulp plump and sweet.

Next up: grilled eel. Just lightly marinated. A rare sight as the grilled eels I usually have are very dark in colour, marinated with dark soy to mitigate the greasy petrol like flavour of the eel flesh. 

Very light, tender meat. Yums! But so little per portion. It was gone within 1 minute.

What’s next? Sushis. With scampi, swordfish and sea urchin. Scampi was quite sweet but cannot beat the sweetness of the scampis I had in Sydney fish market. By far, best scampis ever. Unforgettable till this day.

The other two were pretty alright, fresh. But not excellent enough to rave crazy.

Guess the chefs saved the best for last for us? This grilled cod was…Butterylicious amazing! The meat just broke down the moment your chopsticks dived into the meat. The cod was grilled just nice enough that the flesh retained its tenderness and its buttery flavour was strong. One of the best cods I’ve had in my life.

Total damage: 4000 yen. Urks. And not full too. Bye bye, Tsukiji Sushiko. Continuing on…

Tons of people were crowding around this grilled eel shop. The pungent aroma of soy and smoke was likely the cause of catch peoples’ attention. Mine included.

Hmmm, average. Nothing to really rave about. About 250 yen. Not cheap urks.

Just like the saltbae chef, theatrics work to get people curious about your food, and when curiosity comes, the dollars follow suit. The gigantic fish head and the guy slicing off the meat caught my curiosity and the maguro meat displays were also amazingly fresh looking. 

Decided to buy a pack of freshly sliced sashimi tuna. Total damage : 2700 yen.

It was aaaaaaamazing! May not need to look nice in presentation like what we had in the restaurant earlier on, but the freshness, tenderness, sweetness of the maguro was just amazing. 

Japan is a country filled with citizens who are so hygiene conscious and I really respect that. People take their trash home and separate them accordingly for recycling and ease the disposal process. 

So, if you are getting the food to go..My advise is to eat there itself and throw your rubbish at the bin outside the shop you bought your food from, otherwise you will end up holding the trash for a long, long time as trash bins are hardly found throughout the city.

Again, theatrics worked. This man cooking those gigantic scallops lightly dashed with soy, and torched with the burner…Made peoples’ tummies growled! Scallops sold here are generally huge! Kinda felt conned over the scallops we eat back in KL, half the size, double the price.

Tsukiji, I’ll be back. To see you again, when the fish market opens for Ms Foodieventura! 

Noodles like strings of springs!@Nippy Noodle Restaurant, Kuchai Lama

This was one of those days, where foodieventure enthusiasm beats convenience. It takes about a good 30-40minutes drive to Kuchai Lama from my place, but there’s been several reviews about Nippy Noodles (I’m sorry it really sounds like Ni Ni to me, which is a little obscene), that they have awesome noodles and charsiew..both of which are toppers on my foodie list.

It wasn’t easy to find so I was glad that waze had a point for Nippy Noodles. The shop is a little gloomy looking inside,definitely not what I had expected.  

Good thing I was early and the place was still quite empty, hence food came really quickly. The noodles are made with the traditional method, using bamboo poles and hand made of course. They had posters all around emphasizing that premium wheat flour and eggs are used to make their noodles.

I guess it sounds like a whole bombastic package to me, and after I lifted them strings of noodles up, truly they were very springy! And the egg flavour wasn’t over powering too, so that’s good.

The portion isn’t big so if you have a big powerful suctioned mouth, you could finishthe entire bowl in three slurps! 

I ordered 3 toppings all the porky way up! Gotta say no one has really made a perfectly balanced awesome bowl of charsiew wanton noodles, one or the other component would always be just a bit lacking.

In this case was their meat dishes. All three toppings were really quite average and nothing major to rave on, but it would make you fuller eating them together with your awesome bowl of strings of springs.

If I come by here again the next time around, I’d probably just order a bowl of plain noodles, or maybe two? 😂

For noodle lovers, gotta say this is a worthy bowl which reminds me somewhat of the famous Hong Kong wantan noodles, Mak’s noodles, you can read about Mak’s noodle from one of my old posts :

http://foodventura.com/2014/05/sweaty-foodieventuringcentral-hong-kong/

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No 25, Jalan Kuchai Lama Maju 7,

Entrepreneurs Park,

Off Jalan Kuchai Lama,

58200 Kuala Lumpur.

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