Japanese food are known for its beauty of food not only the taste but also in visual ways. However, in Tokyo, the capital city and most crowded place of this country, there’re many weird Japanese food around all parts of Japan gather. You will be able to encounter food that you have never seen!
Can you imagine how is it will be if we have the collaboration between ramen and tomato, Italian style? There’s one of a kind Ramen restaurant is called “Taiyo no Tomato men”(太陽のトマト麺), representing “Sunny tomato noodle”.
With this special ramen, you can enjoy more tomato flavor in the soup. And it makes the ramen looks healthier as instead of beef or pork stock, we have tomato instead!
The restaurant will surely make you feel weird and excited at the same time, unlike an ordinary ramen restaurant but like any other Italian restaurant. You may find Tabasco and chilli oil in the same table as well. The restaurant also provides seasonal menu in a limited time so don’t miss it if you are spending your time in Tokyo and looking for extraordinary experiences!
Side dishes of the restaurant are various and have tomato in everything, from the gyouza fillings to the soup, they also have fried cheese, which looks like “Gyoza” but the fillings is cheese with sweet honey sauce. If you wouldn’t like the tomato soup, there’s ramen in thick chicken stock soup, too.
For more information about Taiyo no Tomato men (太陽のトマト麺)
Official website: http://taiyo-tomato.com
Kinshicho flagship shop: 1-11-8 Kotobashi, Sumidaku, Tokyo
Shinjuku: 7th Floor Odakyu MyRoad, 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Suidobashi: 2-17-8 Misaki-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Kayabacho: 7-7 NIhombashi Kabutocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Shin-Ochanomizu: A.PLAZA1F, 3-2-6 , Kanda Suruga-dai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Shiro noir from Aichi
Shiro noir belongs to Komeda Coffee Shop coffeehouse, a traditional Japanese coffeehouse. Komeda offers dozens of gourmet dishes, but shiro-noir is the most popular dish. Coming from the ‘shiro’ (white) and ‘noir’ (black), shiro-noir is basically a warm Danish pastry topped with a serving of whipped ice cream and covered in maple syrup. You can also ask for a topping of anko (red bean jam) to enjoy it in Japanese way. The shop also has mini version and usual ones available for customers who’d prefer smaller appetites.
There are about 40 Komeda coffee shops in Tokyo. Look for more information at their official website: http://www.komeda.co.jp/index.php
Bokkake omelet soba from Hyogo
As its’ name, this dish has soba and egg, although it sounds simple but the dish’s uniquely decent flavor is a bit sweeter than the ordinary, and the yakisoba sauce features the richness of beef goes well with spices. It’s made on a thick iron plate – teppan yaki, homemade soba and cabbage are skillfully stir-fried in bokkake and eventually wrapped in egg.
Negata Honjoken is the place to go if you want to try out this delicious dish, it is inside Tachikawa Station on the Chuo Line. It’s sweet but bitter taste is becoming much popular recently.
Inside the East Exit of JR Tachikawa Station
81 (0) 42 526 2432
7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. on Sundays and holidays)
Coffee zenzai from Kyoto
Coffee zenzai is presented in a cup of black joe in hand, plastic containers, the simple sweets combine zenzai (azuki bean paste) and coffee.
Turkish rice from Nagasaki
Turkish rice is an one dish plate contains curry flavored rice, ketchup flavored pasta, and fried pork. The dish is flavored with ketchup rather than tomato sauce, Turkish rice is the perfect dish when you’re looking as much for nostalgia as for strong taste.
Tsuke-napolitan from Shizuoka
Another dish which has the Asian and European taste in one bowl. A piping hot plate of noodles, with tender beef, soft-boiled egg, asparagus and melted shredded cheese, the soup is a bowlful of tomato-base beef stew sauce, a quarter of a lemon is put to the side of the noodles, on the top of the bowl is a pinch of herbs which brings the aroma. All the combination from the bowl brings the delightful taste, can’t be better or worse than ordinary ramen!
You can enjoy it in Lion no iru circus, a hideaway-style cafe and bar in an unmarked apartment block.
Lion no iru circus
2-3-1-301, Ebisu Minami, Shibuya-ku
+81 (0) 3 6452 3657
11:30 a.m.-midnight (3 a.m. on Satudays and Sundays)
The weirdest of all, Coffee ramen in Tokyo
Ice cream coffee noodles – weirdest combination ever! Aside from its smell, which seems to be a decent soy sauce and dashi ramen, looks just like any other ramen, but the toppings were the most extraordinary: banana slices with salami, kiwi and ice cream.
Surprisingly, its taste is light, plain, exactly the combination taste you’d have when trying American coffee and a touch of soy sauce together, of course, with the coffee smell. You may find it weird in the beginning to eat banana, kiwi and salami together in the salty soup, but when the ice cream started melting, it’d become fruity and tastes more like café au lait than ramen’s.
2-19-16 Takara-machi, Katsushika-ku
+81 (0) 3 3694 9156
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., closed on Tuesdays and Sundays
See also: Top 10 Tokyo Local Food You Must Try
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