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Japan Day Four- The Freshest Sushi, the Best Meal in Osaka

By the fourth day in Japan, our legs have turned to jello with all the walking we’ve been doing. We were exhausted, but still we weren’t quite accustomed to the time difference and woke up around 7:00AM. This time we knew exactly where we wanted to have breakfast. 

Osaka has a central wholesale fish market where at 4:00AM in the morning they start their tuna and fish auctions. Next to this wholesale market right in the parking lot is this tiny little sushi restaurant called Endo Sushi (ゑんどう寿司). Endo has been around since 1907, and has been serving some of the freshest sushi in Osaka. 

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Since we woke up early, this was the perfect choice to start our day and get breakfast. It is about a 15-20 minute subway ride from Namba to Tamagawa station (s12 on the Sennichimae line) and about 10 minutes walk from the station (exit 3 or exit 6 from the station) to the Central Wholesale Fish Market. Keep walking straight and if you walked across the river, then you’ve walked too far. We found the restaurant and arrived around 10:30AM. Upon entering the small restaurant, we were warmly greeted and given their English menu with pictures! Each plate cost 1,000 yen (US $10.75) with 5 pieces of sushi per plate. 

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We started with plate no. 1 followed by plate no. 2. Then the waiter started to ask if we wanted to continue. Of course we did. We wanted to try all four plates! Some items on the menu were seasonal, so a few of the pieces were different than from the picture. Instead of the mushroom sushi, we were served with a piece of cooked duck. It was so tasty! I enjoyed every piece of fish except for Ika (squid). Raw squid has a gummy/glue-like texture which wasn’t appetizing to me. image

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At each table, they provide you with unlimited amount of pickled ginger and soy sauce that you can brush on your fish.We were stuffed with 20 piece of sushi in our stomach. After breakfast it was time to start another long day with much walking and sightseeing in Arashiyama, Kyoto. image

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Endo Sushi (ゑんどう寿司)

They are open from Mon-Sat 5am to 2pm, and closed on Sundays and Holidays. So wake up early and plan to come for breakfast or lunch. 

大阪市福島区野田1-1-86 (Address: 1-1-86 Noda Fukushima-ku Osaka City Osaka)

Tel: 06-6469-7108, E-mail: info@endo-sushi.com, Hours: 5 AM - 2 PM

http://www.endo-sushi.com/english.html

Central Wholesale Fish Market (大阪市中央卸売市場 本場)
電車・バスでお越しの際
JR環状線「野田駅」下車 徒歩約10分
地下鉄千日前線「玉川駅」下車 徒歩約10分
京阪電車 中之島線「中之島駅」下車 徒歩約15分
大阪市営バス 野田阪神前行き・鶴町四丁目行き「中央市場前」下車 徒歩約2分 
When traveling by train and bus:
10 minute walk to station “Noda” JR loop line
10 minute walk to station “Tamagawa” Sennichimae subway
About 15 minutes walk from ”Nakanoshima station” Keihan Nakanoshima Line
2 minute walk to ”stop the central market before” go-go Tsurumachi chome Osaka city bus before Nodahanshi

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Saba Sushi set w/ Cold Soba (at Ootoya)

Saba Sushi set w/ Cold Soba (at Ootoya)

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It’s so satisfying to have your cravings fulfilled! Thank you! 

Ootoya, 8 West 18th Street @ 5th Ave., Flatiron, NYC

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Danshui Street Food- Fish Ball Soup

After all that street food I ate in Danshui, this was one of the healthiest foods I ate all day. The fish balls are stuffed with ground pork in the middle. The simple clear broth had a little bit of scallions and Chinese celery. This was simple and refreshing. 

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Zen Japanese Restaurant is one of my favorite sushi restaurants ever. Their special sushi rolls are huge and delicious! Each roll is creative and colorful. I can’t remember the names of the rolls we ate last night. My favorite was the one with mango in it. 

Zen Japanese Restaurant, 277 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, NJ

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La Salsa = Never Again.
We received a flyer in the mail for La Salsa’s new seafood trio special and decided to go try it because it looked/sounded really good. It included a shrimp, mahi mahi, and salmon taco with rice and beans. 

This is a good place for those on a low sodium diet or those who have high cholesterol because everything, and I mean everything was so bland.  The fish had no flavor, the rice had no flavor, the beans had no flavor, even the salsa had no flavor.  I was obviously very disappointed.  Okay, the mango salsa on the shrimp taco was good, but that was it. I was pretty much drenching my whole plate in salsa to give it some taste, but it just didn’t do it.  This will be my first and last time eating at La Salsa.  =(

La Salsa = Never Again.

We received a flyer in the mail for La Salsa’s new seafood trio special and decided to go try it because it looked/sounded really good. It included a shrimp, mahi mahi, and salmon taco with rice and beans. 

This is a good place for those on a low sodium diet or those who have high cholesterol because everything, and I mean everything was so bland.  The fish had no flavor, the rice had no flavor, the beans had no flavor, even the salsa had no flavor.  I was obviously very disappointed.  Okay, the mango salsa on the shrimp taco was good, but that was it. I was pretty much drenching my whole plate in salsa to give it some taste, but it just didn’t do it.  This will be my first and last time eating at La Salsa.  =(

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I had lunch today at a local Peruvian restaurant called El Marino. I pass by this place about a million times, but never thought to go try it until about a month ago. Out of the blue one day, I deliberately drove slower so that I can get a better look at the place, and saw that it was a Peruvian restaurant. Instantly, I knew that I had to come try it out. 

El Marino is a tiny local spot with about 8-9 tables, 1 waitress, and a huge flat screen TV broadcasting futbol.  I don’t think they ever had Asian clientele before, as we got stares from some of the patrons…haha! The little girl at the next table was so excited to see us, she had her mother ask if she can recite to us numbers 1-11 in Chinese. Her pronunciation was pretty spot on. Her mother also introduced to us some of the foods they were eating: fried plantains and this milky beef noodle soup. The soup looked really good, so we ordered one as well.  We also ordered Causas Relleno- mashed yellow potato stuffed with tuna, served cold with hard boiled eggs, an olive, mixed veggies, and drizzled with mayo. It was really good. We also tried the Ceviche Mixto-raw pieces of white fish, squid, and shrimp marinated in lime juice with red onion, cilantro, red chili topped with this seaweed and served with their huge pieces of Peruvian white corn.  We also ordered two other entrees: Roast Chicken and Seafood Paella.  The portions were huge! By the time the beautiful plate of paella came out I was already full. 

The place was packed for Saturday lunch.  People just kept coming in and the phone was ringing off the hook. The waitress was running around so much I didn’t really get a chance to ask her some questions that I had. I’m definitely coming back.  The prices are reasonable for the potions they serve.  The food is good and service is friendly. 

El Marino, 130 Mount Hope Ave. Dover, NJ 07801

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Birthday Celebration #3
When I was asked where I wanted to go have my birthday dinner, I only had one place in mind. However, I’m not suppose to tell anyone about this place because my cousin loves it so much, she doesn’t want everyone coming here and making it crowded.  So, I won’t mention the name of the place here because I kinda feel the same way (haha) But, I believe I’ve blogged about it before already…Oops! And I think I’ve already told a few friends…Oops again! Oh well. 
This place is first and foremost a sake bar (hint); however, they serve really phenomenal and amazing food.  We ordered a lot of small dishes and shared everything.  I knew I definitely wanted to try their soba noodle again.  I loved it so much the first time, I tried re-creating it at home.  Of course it was epic fail.  On the looks of it, it seemed simple to re-make: cold buckwheat noodles with a little bit of soy sauce and scallions and a dash of wasabi. Nope, I later learned that I was missing the “bonito infused soy sauce” and I just couldn’t recreate the texture of the noodles. Anyway, it blew my mind away the second time as well.  So happy! The next dish that I absolutely love is their chilled roasted duck wrapped around a few slivers of scallion with a touch of basil sauce.  The flavors are so subtle yet so so good.  
For dessert we shared a warm chocolate souffle and a black sesame creme brulee. The waiters came out with a candle on the creme brulee and sang me “Happy Birthday”. Then he took a group picture and printed it out for us to keep.  How very nice of him. 

Birthday Celebration #3

When I was asked where I wanted to go have my birthday dinner, I only had one place in mind. However, I’m not suppose to tell anyone about this place because my cousin loves it so much, she doesn’t want everyone coming here and making it crowded.  So, I won’t mention the name of the place here because I kinda feel the same way (haha) But, I believe I’ve blogged about it before already…Oops! And I think I’ve already told a few friends…Oops again! Oh well. 

This place is first and foremost a sake bar (hint); however, they serve really phenomenal and amazing food.  We ordered a lot of small dishes and shared everything.  I knew I definitely wanted to try their soba noodle again.  I loved it so much the first time, I tried re-creating it at home.  Of course it was epic fail.  On the looks of it, it seemed simple to re-make: cold buckwheat noodles with a little bit of soy sauce and scallions and a dash of wasabi. Nope, I later learned that I was missing the “bonito infused soy sauce” and I just couldn’t recreate the texture of the noodles. Anyway, it blew my mind away the second time as well.  So happy! The next dish that I absolutely love is their chilled roasted duck wrapped around a few slivers of scallion with a touch of basil sauce.  The flavors are so subtle yet so so good.  

For dessert we shared a warm chocolate souffle and a black sesame creme brulee. The waiters came out with a candle on the creme brulee and sang me “Happy Birthday”. Then he took a group picture and printed it out for us to keep.  How very nice of him. 

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Happy Lunar New Year!
It is tradition that on new year’s eve, the family reunites to eat dinner.  My mom goes all out and makes a grand feast of 9 dishes (soup, chicken, fish, shrimp, veggies, noodles, etc…) when there is only the 4 of us. She cooks most of the dishes while my dad helps out as sous chef. Everything is so good…major food coma!
Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!  

Happy Lunar New Year!

It is tradition that on new year’s eve, the family reunites to eat dinner.  My mom goes all out and makes a grand feast of 9 dishes (soup, chicken, fish, shrimp, veggies, noodles, etc…) when there is only the 4 of us. She cooks most of the dishes while my dad helps out as sous chef. Everything is so good…major food coma!

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!  

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Yakitori Taisho
Busy and small yakitori joint located on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village.  If you’re adventurous, try their grilled chicken skin, chicken liver, quail eggs, smelt, chicken gizzards, squid, etc. Also recommend the Mentai Potato, french fries with spicy cod roe and mayo sauce.  They only open at 6PM and tend to fill up pretty quickly.
Yakitori Taisho, 5 St. Mark’s Place (btw 3rd Ave. & Astor Place) East Village

Yakitori Taisho

Busy and small yakitori joint located on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village.  If you’re adventurous, try their grilled chicken skin, chicken liver, quail eggs, smelt, chicken gizzards, squid, etc. Also recommend the Mentai Potato, french fries with spicy cod roe and mayo sauce.  They only open at 6PM and tend to fill up pretty quickly.

Yakitori Taisho, 5 St. Mark’s Place (btw 3rd Ave. & Astor Place) East Village