Category Archives: FOOD

Birthday Dinner - Rocket Chicken

Source: j-hoppers

Hi, this is Shiz from J Hoppers Hiroshima.
It was my birthday last Sunday and I barely made it to dinner on that night. (Pretty much sleeping… eating and going back sleeping the whole morning and afternoon from drinking the night before… it was so much fun haha).

So, this dinner place that we went, I heard it from my friends and I wanted to try out.
Different friends told me about it at different times but they were saying exactly the same thing about this chicken, ” I don’t know what they do to the chicken, but it’s sooooo gooood!!!”.
So we booked this place and got to see what they serve.

!!!Rocket Chicken!!!

Steamed? and grilled using lots of spices and herbs? and bourbon whiskey. Yes, it was soooo goooood. They cut it for you and serve it with this special sauce in the middle.

Oh my ****!!! Damn!! The sauce!!!! I don’t know what they do to the chicken and the sauce but it was sooooooooo gooooooood!!!!! I’ll definitely come back.

They serve an automatic appetizer for 300yen(small salad: green lettuce and whitebaite)(it’s like a seating charge) and this is all you can eat!

Their other dishes were also good. We enjoyed everything and ate too much lol.

とり酒場 EL GRILL 袋町店
UEDA Bld 1F 2-23 Fukuromachi Nakaku Hiroshima city
OPEN: 5pm – 0am Holidays: Irregular

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Craft Beer Bars Japan - Jolly's: Ebisu


Billing themselves as a liquor store and sound studio, Jolly’s has been selling booze here in Ebisu since the 1920s. Nowadays they stock a decent selection of mostly US craft beers in cans and bottles – maybe forty in all, starting at around Y500 but climbing in price for some of the rarer and more exotic selections.

You can drink your beer right here at one of the tiny tables in the standing-bar area, or take them home. They also serve coffee and cocktails, soft drinks and simple snacks like hot dogs and Spam musubi. Children seem to be welcome. The studio area just behind the bar is often busy with bands coming to or from rehearsal sessions. …continue reading


Edible Omiyage: 8 Low-Cost and Tasty Gifts to Bring Back from Japan

Source: Gaijin Pot

Whether you found yourself drooling over anime food or came across an Instagram post, Japan continuously leaves us wondering what these edibles taste like. It’s not surprising that when I moved to Japan, the only gift requests I received were for Japanese food and snacks. Through trial and (very funny) error, I have discovered that these gifts have received the best reactions while being inexpensive, light and suitcase friendly.

1. Mini Kewpie mayo

Japanese mayonnaise (pictured above right) has gained popularity around the world due to its unique sweet flavor. Kewpie’s travel-sized mayo bottles are easy to pack and make a great gift for that trendy foodie friend. (Oh, and if you’re not a huge fan of mayo, you can also buy other mini versions of Japanese sauces at most convenience stores.)

2. Cup noodles

Photo by Panoramio

So many to choose from…

Another convenience store favorite. This college dorm staple originally hails from the land of the rising sun. As a result, unique flavors such as cheese curry or tomato are just as readily available as the original flavors. This lightweight product packs well and piques even the pickiest eater’s interest.

3. Diet candies

Photo by Natsuko Mazany

This paradox of a treat is a lot easier to find in Japan compared to most countries. What makes it better is that many of these candies are actually delicious. Konnyaku (devil’s tongue, a taro-like root vegetable) jellies and gummies are low in calories and easily absorb flavors, common in many Japanese diet foods.

4. Kracie kits

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Nissin creates replica Cup Noodle Jomon-era pottery cooking vessel

cup noodle jomon pottery cooker

Instant noodles maker Nissin already hit the viral magic button with the recent release of the Otohiko Anti-Slurping Noise Noodle Eating Fork, a genuine product that functions as a “food sound camouflage utensil” to hide the slurping diners make when enjoying noodles.

Now Nissin is continuing its novel marketing campaign in this vein with a Cup Noodle cooking item made from Jomon-style pottery.

The handmade ceramic cooking vessel is based on a designated National Treature example of Jomon-era pottery. The Jomon period is the prehistorical hunter-gatherer age prior to either the arrival or the spread of the people regarded today as the Japanese (Yamato), who introduced rice cultivation and more advanced metals. One of the most important things the Jomon people left behind is the tools and pottery, especially dogu earthenware figures.

The Jomon Doki Doki Cooker (Jomon Exciting Cooker) is a replica of the Kaengata Doki, a piece of pottery from the Middle Jomon period and today held in a museum in Niigata. It has been produced by Seto Hongyo, a pottery kiln in Seto City, Aichi Prefecture, boasting a history of 250 years.

cup noodle jomon pottery cooker

cup noodle jomon pottery cooker

The diner puts their Cup Noodle inside the cup-shaped ceramic vessel, which is inscribed with the Cup Noodle logo, and then place the decorative lid over the top, which also serves as a place to lay down your chopsticks. The elaborately crafted item also comes with a wooden gift box.

Before archaeology fans start getting too excited, however, Nissin and Seto Hongyo has only produced 15 of these items, so your chances of getting one are pretty slim. They also sell for nearly ¥60,000, so it’s not a cheap bowl of noodles, that’s for sure.

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The 300 Bar: Homegrown, Handmade and High-Quality

Source: Gaijin Pot

If you’ve spent any time in Tokyo looking for a reliable watering hole (that doesn’t put a major dent in your wallet with outrageous drinks prices, entrance fees and table charges), then you’ve probably stumbled across (or out of) the original 300 Bar in Ginza — or one of its two sister venues nearby.

As it states quite clearly in its name, the venue is located in Ginza, renowned as as being the poshest area in Tokyo. If you aren’t super familiar with the area, live elsewhere in the Kanto region (or Japan) or are just passing through — it can be a tricky location to find a comfortable (and not too expensive) space to enjoy a cocktail, have some nibbles and relax by shaking off the workday with other friendly people of like mind. For over 25 years, 300 Bar has been the place in the area to do this and (also true to its name) — everything on the menu is only ¥300. After work or shopping, before dinner or heading out to a club or as a destination in its own right, you can stop by these tachinomi (standing bars) and enjoy a quality tipple for the cost of just three ¥100 coins. Even better, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the happy hour at 300 Bar puts even its top shelf premium spirits on sale for ¥300. Did we mention that all this happens in the middle of ultra glitzy Ginza and within an easy walk of Ginza, Shimbashi or Yurakucho stations?

300 Bar 5-Chome

The original 300 Bar 5-Chome opened in 1992 just across from what is now the luxury Ginza Six shopping complex. One of the first true “standing bars” in the city (before the popularity of such places spawned a host of imitators), 300 Bar 5-Chome …continue reading