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Washoku at Narita International Airport

Visiting Japan through Narita International Airport?
If so, try some Washoku, Japanese cuisine at the airport.

About a month ago (17 November 2016), Narita Airport opened NARITA Dining Terrace, which is a new area on the 4th floor of the Central Building in Terminal 1 including six authentic Japanese restaurants.
Those restaurants are the ones you can find in the central city of Tokyo, but now you can taste their quality authentic Japanese cuisine while at the airport.

New 6 Japanese Restaurants “NARITA Dining Terrace” Open ! (Narita International Airport Official Website)

 

Not only the above six Japanese restaurants, but also there are other restaurants at the Narita Airport, where you can try some Japanese food.
Here is a list of them for you:

Terminal 1, Central Bldg, 5th Floor

Homemade Udon Noodles KINEYAMUGIMARU
Udon noodle, tempura, onigiri
* This restaurant’s kitchen is halal certified.

KAISEN MISAKIKO
Kaitenzushi (Conveyor belt sushi)

Williams
Fried pork cutlet, curry dishes

 
Terminal 1, Central Bldg, 4th Floor

KEISEI YUZEN
Japanese-style family restaurant specializing in set menus (fish and meat dishes, tempura, sashimi and udon noodles)

NAGASAKASARASINA NUNOYATAHEE
Soba noodles

Yakiniku syokudou Yanma
Grilled meat dishes

Tonkatsu shinjuku saboten
Deep-fried pork cutlets

Japanese Ramen Tomita
Ramen noodles

gihey
A new brand of Kyoto’s established rice connoisseurs, Hachidaime Gihey

Tsukiji – Sushiiwa
Sushi

NANOSATO
Wazen(Japanese-style set meals), donburi, udon and soba noodles

SUSHI YURAKU
Sushi

Dashichazuke EN
Dishes with the rich taste of the highest quality dashi stock

 
Terminal 1, Central Bldg, 3rd Floor

My Favorite Japanese Foods TATSU
All-time favorites from Japanese household menus (Udon noodles, hamburger steak, curry, Sukiyaki, Ochazuke, Tempura rice bowl, fried noodles, Japanese stew etc.)

 
Terminal 1, No.3 Satellite, 3rd Floor

Sushi Kyotatsu
Sushi
*After passport control.

 

Terminal 2, Main Building, 4th Floor

TENTEI
Tempura
* This restaurant’s kitchen is halal certified.

SOJIBOU
Soba noodles

obon de gohan
A cafe serving healthy, well-balanced meals (Set meals with generous servings of vegetables, meat and fish dishes, Dashichazuke(rice served with dashi soup), Udon noodles)

TONKATSU INABA WAKO
Pork cutlet dishes (Some chicken cutlet dishes as well)

SUSHIDEN
Sushi

Sushi Misakimaru
Edo style sushi and set menus

SANBEI
Udon wheat noodles and soba buckwheat noodles

KYOTARU
Takeaway sushi

Sushi-go-round GANSOZUSHI
Kaitenzushi(Conveyor belt sushi)

CAFE & DINING N’s COURT
A spacious cafeteria with over 200 seats (Japanese food to Western and Chinese cuisine)

TAKOBON
Takoyaki(Octopus Balls – wheat flour-based cooked batter balls containing pieces of octopus.)

 
Terminal 2, Main Building, 2nd Floor

YOSHINOYA
Beef on rice donburi

 
Terminal 2, Satellite, 3rd Floor

YOSHINOYA Satellite
Beef on rice donburi
*After passport control.

BLUE SKY MISO KITCHEN
Japanese dishes with Miso
*After passport control.

 

Restaurants & Shops at Terminal 3

Terminal 3, 2nd Floor

Miyatake Sanuki Udon
Udon and soba noodles

Nagasaki Champon Ringer Hut
Champon noodles

BOTEJYU EXPRESS
Teppanyaki

TATSU SUSHI
Sushi

Hope the above list is helpful!

Are you serious? Strawberry shortcake instant yakisoba noodles

Myojo Yakisoba Ippei-chan Shortcake
Photo: Myojo Foods

It’s less than a month before Christmas, and you may be thinking of a Christmas cake.
Here in New Zealand, where I live, it’s common to have a rich fruit cake for Christmas.
(By the way, I thought ‘Christmas mince pie’ was made from beef mince until the very moment I had it the first time. :-))

Unlike in New Zealand, it’s quite common in Japan to have a strawberry shortcake for Christmas.
But not Strawberry shortcake instant Yakisoba noodles!!!

Strawberry shortcake instant Yakisoba noodles are set to cause a stir this Christmas (RocketNews24)

It’s available nationwide in Japan from 5 December 2016.
It comes with vanilla flavoured mayo…

This is not the first time!
Myojo released Yakisoba noodle with chocolate sauce earlier this year.
We try new yakisoba noodles with chocolate sauce (Spoiler: it’s awful) (RocketNews24)

Hmm… Strawberry shortcake Yakisoba noodle or Chocolate Yakisoba noodle…
Which would you like to try?

Must eat food in Japan

“What should I eat when I visit Japan?”

This is one of the most common questions, people ask me before they visit Japan.
Hmm… it’s a really good question.
There are so many tasty different sort of food in Japan, which I wish everyone has a chance to try.
And what I think my non-Japanese friends would like to eat (and enjoy the taste!), is not always the same as what they actually would.

So I found an interesting article on The Guardian for you, Best places to eat and drink in Japan: readers’ travel tips.
They are the Japanese food, which people tried and liked!

There are 12 travel tips for best places to eat and drink in Japan in the article, and Takoyaki (Nishiki Market in Kyoto) is the winning tip.
If you’ve never heard of Takoyaki, read the linked article. (We often say all Osaka people have at least one Takoyaki maker at home! Popular and very yummy!!!)

But for me, Okonomiyaki pancakes (Hiroshima) is definitely the winner! (I’m from Hiroshima, by the way.)
Don’t be confused with Kansai (Osaka) style Okonomiyaki.

Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki and Kansai (Osaka) style Okonomiyaki are different.
They are both tasty, but Hiroshima style is better!!! (And as you guessed, people from Osaka will say Kansai style is better if you ask them about Okonomiyaki. :-))

Okonomi Mura (in English)
Okonomi (short for Okonomiyaki) Mura(village), where 20+ eateries are in Hiroshima’s Okonomiyaki building.
The page explains about Okonomimura with a list of restaurants(eateries) and an access map.

If you are visiting the Okonomi Mura area, also check:
Restaurants near Okonomi Mura

Shirataki Noodle : no-calorie, no-carbohydrate, no-fat noodle

Can you believe there are no-calorie, no-carbohydrate, no-fat noodles?
Search Japanese Shirataki or yam noodles, or konjac on your favourite search engines to find out.

I used shirataki noodle for Sukiyaki or Nabe (Hot Pot) when I was in Japan, but shirataki noodle can be used for many other dishes.

Watch How to Make Healthy Shirataki Noodles by a Japanese chef, Atsuko Ikeda.