Tokyo Eats – Katsudonya Zuicho, A Delicious Katsudon
When in Japan, do what the locals do. Having been travelling with Feng to places, besides doing the touristy stuffs, we have also started visiting the more local hide-outs/eateries. These places that we go to are not frequently visited by foreigners hence the lack of English menu. Seeing that usually the more traditional eateries in Japan have only one or two items on the menu, it wasn’t too tough to decide what to order especially when we have done our homework before coming. 🙂
Today, I am going to introduce to you a local eatery that serves super delicious katsudon (カツ丼). Since we are visiting Shibuya, we were looking around for things that we can do there besides just seeing the crossing (which was pretty much done in about 15 minutes if you include the time to go to Starbucks for photo-taking). So Feng came by quite a number of blogs talking about this yummy katsudon that is in the Shibuya area. So after our visit to Starbucks, we made our way to Katsudonya Zuicho which was about 10 minutes away. The further we walked, the quieter the alleys were and that’s when you realised you are in the area where mostly the locals will come. 🙂
This time Google map brought us to this place. No big advertisements outside. No big billboards. No neon signs. This quiet alley is exactly where Katsudonya Zuicho is found.
As with all Japan eateries, this place also have very limited seats. The eatery was full when we got there hence we waited for a bit before we got two empty seats.
I don’t think we look like Japanese so I am just thinking that probably most places will assume you are a Japanese unless you show the HUH look so it became very natural for them to just started talking to you in Japanese once you are there. Of ‘cos both Feng and I gave the HUH look when the chef was talking to us and that’s when they know we are tourists. Hehez. Using their limited English and my limited Japanese, we completed the order (which was really just one item and having hot tea) and then we waited for our food to come~
Soup and pickled vegetables are a must in Japan. Especially the pickled vegetables ‘cos they are always so tasty!
And then the main was served. 🙂
The heavenly katsudon. I am no katsudon lover but I was able to finish the whole bowl (I always finish my food in Japan ‘cos I know Japanese takes a lot of pride in their food)! It was super filling and the meal only cost 1,000円. Super affordable meal to be found in Japan especially when that one bowl is enough to last me for almost half the day. 😀
Try finding yourself some local cuisine enjoyed by the locals. If their menu only has one item and they have sustained so long with only locals, they have got to be good right? 🙂
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