Yonsei XXVI Shibata Tour 2019
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The Japanese word ‘Edomae’ has several meanings. Literally it means ‘in front of (mae) Tokyo Bay’ (Edo is the old name of Tokyo). This bay is said to be teeming with fish and other sea life in the early days.
Chankonabe is a Japanese stew (a type of nabemono or one-pot dish) commonly eaten in vast quantity by sumo wrestlers as part of a weight-gain diet.
Tokyo style ramen typically features medium thick, wavy noodles in a shoyu soup flavored with dashi fish stock.
A banana shaped sweet full of banana custard wrapped in a fluffy sponge. Best consumed within 7 days of purchase, though refrigeration can stretch this a bit. You can only in Tokyo.
Kaminari-okoshi is a snack popular for its crispy texture. It was originally sold by street venders near the Kaminarimon gate in Asakusa sometime in the mid Edo period. Kaminari-okoshi is made by roasting steamed sweet rice to pop, mixing them with other ingredients such as peanuts, and forming them into a shape with sugar and mizuame <starch syrup>
Ningyo-yaki is a small snack cake and is made by cooking batter of flour, eggs and sugar in an iron mold. They are sold both with and without anko (sweet bean paste).
These strawberries are known to be sweet, juicy, and fragrant.
You won’t be able to eat just one of these chewy and slightly sweet snacks.
Usually sea bream or horse mackerel are put on top of/wrapped around soy pulp to make this unique type of sushi.
Niigata prefecture in general is known for its delicious rice and Shibata is no different with its koshihikari strain.
This dried wheat gluten can be used for a variety of cooking purposes.
One of Niigata’s (the prefecture that Shibata is in) most famous Japanese sweets is this bamboo leaf dumpling filled with sweet azuki bean paste.
Using local ingredients, roll cakes in Shibata are packed with the perfect amount of cream and fruit or azuki beans. Two confectionaries to try are Shinyanagi and Yamanobe.
Asparagus from Shibata is famous for being thick, sweet, and soft.
Matsushima is most known for its rich, creamy oysters, so they are a must-try when going there.
This simplistic Portuguese sponge cake came to Japan in the 16th century and has been a hit ever since.
Matsushima Beer was Miyagi Prefecture’s first microbrew. It is inspired by German beer and uses certain techniques from the European country to produce its brews.
Baked individually by hand with just Miyagi Sasanishiki rice, sugar, and natural salt, these popular rice crackers have been around since 1327.
Named after the French word for “soft,” Mou are low-calorie, fluffy soybean treats.
Oyster-flavored rice crackers that make a great snack to have while you walk around town.
Head over to Pensee (a bakery chain) to get this savory pastry that is only available with oysters in Matsushima.
Mochi smothered in sweet edamame paste is one of the most recognizable sweets from Japan’s Northeast region of Tohoku.