Mac & Meaty day!@Ueno & Asakusa, Tokyo

It was terribly cold that day. Like face, fingers, legs frozen day. Despite the crazy cold weather, I excitedly embraced it through as the weather forecast showed the possibility of snowfall. 

Today was Ueno day, which fortunately or unfortunately, was the day which required a lot of outdoor walking. So yes, while I excitedly waited for snowfall, I was also half freezing to death.

I was so happy to see the happy M logo along the shophouses in Ueno. Time to hide from the cold for just a short bit in McDonalds!

My Bulgogi pork burger proved to be an enjoyable snack to warm myself up in this crazy cold five degree weather. 

In fact, the ebi burger was an even better choice for a short and sweet snack! The yumzers part was biting through chunks of prawns which were visible in the eye! The Japs truly didn’t stinge their ingredients even if it was a fast food meal.

Each burger cost about minimum 300 yen though. Pretty steep for a mini sized burger as you may possibly get a bowl of ramen with the same amount of money.

The biggest difference I had observed in my dining experience in McDonalds was how strangely quiet it was!

Every McDonalds I had entered back home was always noisy, and not necessarily clean. But over here, it was so quiet that people who were seated on the other end from where I was, could hear me slurping up my Diet Coke from such distances away.

The other stark difference was that, many tables were designed for solo lunch goers, and I sat on one of them…Table and single seated chair which faced the window, so individual patrons would be seated side by side with their frontal view looking out through the window.

And the biggest difference of all was that each patron was trained to put the trash into the bin by themselves. I know we encourage this method in Malaysia as well, unfortunately adoption of this practice was very low. Severely low.

True enough, the tiniest snowflakes did come down that day! Although the snowflakes were too fine and the snowfall period was too short, I was able to catch a glimpse of very thin layers of snow coming down from the sky and I was the only crazy person on the street jumping for joy, and grabbing the air in the attempt to capture the snoflakes.

Snow catching in the crazy cold weather (okay, barely call it snow since it was so thin and short duration) proved to be a tiring process.

After the stroll at Ueno park and the Tokyo museum (twas an enjoyable time there seeing a great collection of artifacts and art, but I felt a big part of history was missing from the entire display), I was dead beat and wanted to just head back to Asakusa early, and cook something at B Conte and rest in.

Passed by a local meat shop selling delicious looking chunky slices of wagyu beef! Okei. One slice of sirloin and ribeye please.

Yes sir, coming right up!

Although the cooking skill was a little lacking compared to top notch restaurants, but because the quality of the beef was so friggin’ good that the downhill cooking skill didn’t matter that much.

The beef was crazy tenderlicious, melting in the mouth like gooey butter. Although it seemed as if each piece was rather big, both slices were swallowed up in minutes. Foodventura gluttony mode on!

Honestly, with such fresh ingredients sold in every part of Japan, easily accessible and not too pricey for locals earning in Yen, I would really be inclined to cook at home more. Home cooked wagyu beef steak for lunch in the office? I won’t mind, not a single beat!

Ramen hunting night@Asakusa, Tokyo

Finally back to Asakusa! Based on many food bloggers reviewing on several delicious ramen joints in this area. Tonight..We shall put it to the test! 

First up, the ramen shop just outside B Conte Hotel!

I’m not used to paying up first for my meal using a vending machine but many places collect the payment from customers this way. I guess it is to prevent workers from dealing with money. You can see the green and blue coloured paying machine from the photo.

There was no address card for this shop. If you are around this area, just go to B Conte Hotel. It is located just a few metres away from the hotel.

This ramen shop is known to serve very delicious ramen at the cheapest price within the city… And it truly was the cheapest meal I had throughout the entire trip. A bowl of ramen at 680 yen! The shop can only accommodate a max of 8-10 people. 

You will sit by the kitchen bar table and eat your meal while seeing the chefs in action.

Gotta say my tastebud is truly Malaysian at heart. Clear broths are not really a big thing for me. And this ramen style tastes like a typical wan tan noodle soup with a slight twist in the flavour, adding in a slice of stewed pork and seaweed. Essentially, wan tan noodles to me. 

Satisfaction rate: so so. However the price was truly economical. The cheapest meal I had in the entire week. But taste wise..Malaysian wan tan noodles still rock it!

Still reluctant to cross off the check list for ramen even after this bowl…We went hunting for the gluttony version, Tonkotsu ramen!

Just around the corner, lies another popular ramen shop specialising in Tonkotsu style ramen. Again, I paid for my meal through a vending machine before I was served with my meal.

This shop was located by the main road of the Asakusa area.

We sat by the kitchen bar table again, just to kepoh watch the chefs in action. One thing about the Japanese people, sheer focus in everything they do. They cook every bowl with so much focus and precision. And it is the same thing I see everywhere I go.

This bowl was above 1000 yen, pricier but the broth was thickened, full of flavours and a little spicy, but I added a lot more chilli flakes in. Hearing everyone in the shop slurping out loudly like everyone is part of the symphony..I joined in slurping as loud as I could. The chef seemed pleased haha!

We dropped by the local supermarket and loaded up with more strawberries. This time, I grabbed along a tub of strawberry yogurt.

When we headed back to B Conte, I chopped these delicious reddish rubies into cubes and mixed them with the strawberry yogurt. 

Yummiest dessert ever! Hats down! We ended the night strawberry high. 

Excited for tomorrow..It is time for Tsukiji round 2 ! Marketing time!