Masak masak night@B Conte Hotel, Asakusa


Time to shift out from the clean but crammy APA Hotel in Higasi Nihombashi and have another environment of Tokyo city. We moved on to Asakusa area, which to my surprise was lively both day and night. It’s amazing how every area of Tokyo has its own feel and character.

We arrived at B Conte Hotel in the evening, and it is really awesome to know that the room comes with cooking and washing machine facilities. Seeing the cooking facilities all nicely available to us, tonight we shall cook and eat in!

It was really nice that the hotel provides bicycles for guests to cycle around this vibrant and lovely Asakusa. I hopped on one to paddle around before going to the grocery store.

Chut fatt!

Stumbled upon this small but cute looking karaage shop within the main souvenir centres. The smell of the freshly fried chicken chunks reached metres away..Guess even my feet sniffed it too and paddled their way here.

Crazy crunchy. Crazy tender. Crazy tasty. Screamssss! Too bad 100 g only gets you 3 chicken pieces, which cost each to be about 110 yen. Malaysian Ringgit *pulls hair* 

One of the best fried chicken which I haven’t had in a long, long time.

The grocery store is located at the basement floor of a community mall here. And to my joyful surprise, the price of things were was easily 20-30% less than the big boys Taka and Isetan.

Since we had not crossed out beef from the to-eat list, we got a couple of beef slices and decided to call it a shabu-shabu DIY night.

Tossed in a couple of eggs, beef and vegs and threw in some local noodles..Whoa-lah! Beef udon!

The strawberries sold here were like friggin 20% lower in price compared to the one bought in Isetan! Apart from the price I could not really tell the difference in the packaging as they really did look similar.





Strawberries as big as your palm! But still super sweet in taste! If only we can have this everyday. Looks like I’ll be binging on Japanese strawberries in the remaining days of Tokyo holiday!
Address:

B:Conte Asakusa

2-4-2 Asakusa Taito-Ku

Tokyo

Tel: 03-58275622

Website: http://www.bconte.com/asakusa/en

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!