The Japanese cuisine gods are smiling down on me. The comment I made in my previous post about how much Japanese cuisine was becoming endearing to me must have pleased them very much, because today I found the perfect place to fuel my Japanese cuisine fetish!
I went out for lunch again today with my friends Jingwen and Serene, and they took me to this awesome food court…with a Japanese theme! It’s called Shokudo Japanese street market, a branch off Shokudo Pasta where I had lunch once with Jingwen and Serene also. Basically, the whole area is designed to look like the streets of a traditional, old-fashioned Japanese village with lots of individual stalls selling all kinds of Japanese street foods.
The deco was really interesting, bright, and colorful with traditional lanterns adorning the walls:
Here’s a “street corner”:
The choices were overwhelming (in a good way): Ramen, udon, soba, sushi, sashimi, omelets, okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes), Japanese-style pizza, Japanese-style pasta, omu-rice, dons, nabe (Japanese hotpots), porridge, yakitori (grilled skewered meats), teppanyaki side dishes, Japanese-style rosti (hash browns), Japanese-style burgers, desserts, drinks…I know I’m missing more, but I’m already giddy with delight over all the delicious choices!
I had no idea what to order; I just truly wanted everything! But Serene, my dear friend, recommended the Japanese omelets. Made-to-order eggs fried on a fun-shaped rectangular pan? What’s there to object? What can go wrong with eggs?
There were a lot of options for fillings, like: mushrooms and cheese, crabmeat, tuna and onions, salmon and onions, unagi, and about 10 other more I can’t remember. I ordered the asparagus and cheese. Serene ordered the unagi.
Here’s a picture of that lovely omelet stall:
It took a while for our omelets to be made, because there was only one little guy on the stove and he made each omelet fresh in front of our eyes and the eggs had to be cooked gently to retain its creaminess. But the result was absolutely worth the long wait!
The world’s best asparagus and cheese omelet, topped with a drizzle of mayonnaise and bonito flakes!
The bonito flakes were an added bonus, and it was the most perfect topping for eggs with its light, airy crispiness and rich, salty flavor of dried fish. Mmm….umami!
The inside was sooo creamy and oozing with chewy gooey mozzarella cheese and had all the great crunch of sliced asparagus!
Serene shared a piece of her unagi omelet with me:
I liked this one a lot too! Sweet and tangy pieces of juicy unagi hidden inside the eggy pocket…No cheese, though.
Street food is my other favorite type of food besides breakfast food. There is just something about stopping by a stall in the streets and having the opportunity to see your snack or meal assembled or cooked right before you. You receive that fresh, made-to-order, piping hot meal with eager, anticipative hands, and there is that amazing connection between the customer and the cook that you can’t get in a restaurant. Also, most street foods are fast, simple, and fuss-free. Unpretentiously casual without all the fancy and ostentatious stuff, but still absolutely delicious in its authenticity and deceiving plainness.
I’m definitely returning to this amazing place again. What would you get if you were me? What is your favorite type of street food?