Finally we have arrived at the famed Tsukiji Market. We took the subway and stopped at Tsukiji station. We followed the signs to the market. This is the biggest and most commercialised market in Tokyo and this warrants a visit especially for first timers to Japan.
The market was huge, to say the least, crawling with several lanes and alleys dotted with merchants selling their products. Food is the main draw here, especially fresh sashimi.
The bustling crowd! This was at the entrance to the market and we had a hard time jostling through the crowd.
This stall was slicing up fresh tuna in front of the crowd who were gleeing snapping away (so was I) at the knife skills of the sushi master. Look at the size of that tuna! If just the size of its head is that big, can you imagine the size of the whole fish? I am not a fan of tuna, but I can appreciate good tuna belly (otoro) anyday.
Fresh hotate (scallops) being torched.
This stall was selling freshly grilled beef by the packet. I cannot remember which region the beef was from but we got a packet for SGD $15. We were drooling just looking at the chef slice and season the beef lightly, then grill it lightly.
The end result of our beef after 5 minutes. The beef was so tender and yummy. It had a good balance of meat and fats and if you told me this was wagyu, I would have believed you. It was amazing.
After a few rounds of walking around the inner market, we got hungry and decided to have sushi and sashimi bowls for lunch. A general rule of thumb in Japan is to join the queue of a restaurant if you are not sure which is good, well, because it most probably is good.So we joined this queue with my Dad inside. After a 30 minute queue, we finally got inside.
My parents and I got a bowl of the Kaisen Don each. This Kaisen Don we got was fresh but I wished for thicker cuts of sashimi. Not complaining at all though. I liked the variety of fishes in my bowl. You can never really go wrong with sashimi bowls in Japan.
How can we eat at a Japanese restaurant without ordering their sushi? We got this platter of sushi with 8 pieces of sushi. The sushi was simple and delicious. The fish was fresh as expected. The rice was particularly sweet and fragrant.
After lunch, I was itching for dessert. We saw a couple of stalls selling this ready made fresh tamagoyaki at 100 yen a pop (~sgd $1.2) and we just had to get it. As expected, it was sweet and warm, comfort food for the cooling weather.
After looking a little hard for an ice cream shop with matcha ice cream, I finally settled for this at 400 yen. Smooth, bittersweet, it is the perfect dessert for any weather, honestly. I will comeback to this market upon my next visit to Japan, in a heartbeat.