Tsukiji-shijo Is the Nearest Station to Tsukiji, the Food Town.
Oedo-Line is way down deeper than other subway lines. From here, go up to the ground level of Tsukiji-shijo Station. OK, here we go!
Something smells good, as I get closer to Monzeki Street. It is lined with a number of sushi and sashimi restaurants, but there are other eating places where you can enjoy casual food, such as ramen, motsu-yaki (grilled giblets) donburi, soba, teishoku (set meal) and others.
Tsukiji-jogai Is a Battlefield of Ramen! I’ll Try Inoue, a Ramen Shop Serving Just One Menu
Inoue is located halfway along the Monzeki Street. The black and gold store sign really stands out on the street. This ramen shop offers only one ramen called ‘chuka-soba’, so it will be ready for you in no time! This is Japanese traditional fast-food, isn’t it? Salarymen who have to eat quickly in a limited lunchtime would choose this kind of quick-service place. See the link for a map of Monzeki Street. (PDF)
Above the black and gold sign is another cool sign saying ‘chuka-soba (ramen)’ in blue.
These are ‘Inoue’s chuka-soba. Thin noodles in light ‘tonkotsu’ (pork-based) soup with many slices of pork on top.
Where do I eat the ramen? Outside the shop, of course. There are tables placed along the Monzeki Street. I’m eating the piping hot ramen on such a scorching hot day. No wonder I can’t stop sweating! I’m sweating like water pouring over my head, and this is actually so refreshing to me!
That was delicious! Thank you so much!
What Should I Do with This Sweat? Then, Yonemoto Coffee is a Perfect Resting Place.
Since its opening in 1960, Yonemoto Coffee has been a popular resting place for foodies visiting Tsukiji. The posters showing coffee barrels really stand out.
Coffee barrels are placed at the entrance. The coffee aroma is so tempting and inviting.
This cafe always gets busy with customers at lunchtime. Even if there seem no seats available, however, the manager proactively keeps accepting new customers, filling small spaces with more seats.
Refreshingly cold California Yogurt (320 yen). It tastes both sweet and sour.
I’m Craving Tuna-shaped Monaka! Let’s Go to Sanokiya.
The store sign says ‘A new kind of tuna was discovered!’ Haha. It’s so inviting. They don’t sell common ‘tai-yaki’ (sea bream shaped pancake with red bean paste filling called anko) but ‘maguro-yaki’ (tuna-shaped pancake).
‘Hon-maguro’ is their popular item. The outer skin is very crispy, and it has anko filling inside. This anko is made from the finest quality red beans called ‘Houshuku’ from Tokachi, Hokkaido. It’s so tempting, but I don’t think it’s a right choice for such a hot day. So today I will try this ‘Ice Maguro Monaka’ (ice cream and anko in tuna-shaped wafers.)
Chilly matcha ice cream and anko are sandwiched between the crispy tuna-shaped monaka skin. Now I’m so full after finishing this cool dessert!