Before I was scheduled to meet my high school friend, Sherilyn, I knew I had to get some shopping done. Stepping out of my hotel, which was 5 minutes away from Tsukiji Market, I began my final shopping run. The outer market of Tsukiji was a field of activity, like the Greenhills tiangge but only of food! I managed to buy my Katsuoboshi (bonito flakes), which was my main goal. In Tokyo, they were sold by bulk, 500-gram packs. Then I grabbed some preserved ginger and apples. Sold by the roadside, these made for excellent snacks and great for pasalubong as well.
Breakfast would be freshly-made tamago. There were plenty of tamago stands along the streets and I grabbed a “small” one with chili flavor. Nicely cooked and not too sweet, it was an excellent way to jumpstart the morning! The best part was there were tons of flavors available, ranging from chicken to seaweed. On the way back to the hotel, I spied some Togarashi pepper. It looked fresh not as ground-up as the ones we’re used to here so I grabbed a bottle. This was my kind of shopping trip!
For lunch, I headed to meet Sherilyn to check out, in her opinion, one of the best noodle places in Tokyo. Steps away from the A4 exit of Iibadashi train station lay the tsukemen place. The funny part is, you place your orders and pay through a vending machine OUTSIDE the restaurant and then you line up and wait for them to call you when your seats are ready. The tsukemen, though, was no laughing matter.