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Tokyo: The Food Edition

Tokyo: The Food Edition

Here is the run down on all our Tokyo food experiences:

Sushi

We started and ended our trip with sushi. On our first day we headed over to “Umegaoka Sushi No Midori”, which was highly recommended online. The place was really popular, even on a Thursday at 2:30 pm we had to wait for 45 minutes to get a table. The sushi was very pretty and yummy though 🙂

On our last day we went to Sushizanmai, a big, popular chain. At 10:30 am we already had the first sushi in front of us, no wait on a Monday morning 🙂 The place was pretty empty, so we sat at the counter and watched the masters work.

Making our own Sushi

Another Airbnb experience: a sushi class with a Japanese sushi master. We met Nori and 2 other participants at a grocery store where he showed us all the necessary stuff to make sushi. We then went to his apartment and made nigiri and maki sushi. He was really strict about the technique – a real sushi master has to train for 8 years after all – and made us practice on playdough first 🙂 I didn’t take many pictures because of fishy hands but thankfully our host was on it 🙂

Tsukiji Fish Market Food Tour

The Tsukiji Fish Market will be relocated in October so we were lucky we still got the see the old building and craziness happening inside. I booked a tour through Ninja Food Tours that included lots of tastings and it was really fun! First we had a chicken, egg and rice dish and then really started the tour. The market also has a big wholesale vegetable and fruit portion and we had some yummy strawberries there. Pretty fruit is considered a nice gift but we passed on the 50 USD cherry box and 60 USD mango 😉

We also checked out all the crazy fish and sea food of the inner market and then had ate at the outer market. The place is huge and busy so I’m really glad we went with a guide who knew what he was doing. We had sweet omelette on a stick as a palate cleanser, then an amazing tuna bowls, pork dumplings, some matcha drinks, tried some dried fish candies and finally had a mochi strawberry dessert.

Kobe Beef

For Thorben’s Birthday we went to a kobe beef restaurant and indulged in a dinner with 8 courses, 7 of which included beef. We ate it grilled, baked, fried, marinated, raw, inside a dumpling … It was delicious 🙂

54.000 steps around Singapore

54.000 steps around Singapore

Third time is the charm! After studying in Singapore in 2011 and visiting in 2014, this was my third time in Singapore. Thorben had never been, it’s a short flight from Siem Reap and I love the city/country, so plenty of reasons to include it in this trip.

Because of a flight schedule change we only had 2 full days in Singapore but managed to do a lot.

Day one: Marina Bay, Gardens by the Bay and Cable car rides

With our hotel close to Clarke Quay, we started out there and walked along the river, past the Fullerton Hotel and to Marina Bay to see the Merlion. Everything was pretty much the same as I remembered and because it’s what my college BFF and I always did we had a drink at Starbucks overlooking my Bay 🙂

Our next stop was Gardens by the Bay. We went into the Flower Dome which was nice except for the Christmas exhibit. It just seemed a bit strange among the palm trees and the 30 degree weather outside 🙂 The Cloud Forest was cool (both temperature wise and visually) and we entered just as misting time started which meant it actually looked like there were a lot of clouds in there. We didn’t have time to return at night but the supertrees were still nice to see.

We walked back to the Bay and had a late lunch at the food court in the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. After a stroll over the Helix Bridge we made our way back to Clarke Quay but got forced to wait out a tropical downpour inside a mall.

In the evening we bought a round trip cable car ticket. Thanks to the rain we got there after 6, which means you only pay the kids price, score! 🙂 We first zipped over to Mount Farber and walked over the Henderson Waves Bridge, something I saw online but hadn’t done before. It’s lit up at night and was pretty cool. Because it was included in the ticket we also went over to Sentosa and walked around the island and along the beach a bit. After a record breaking 33.000 steps we had some dinner at a tapas bar at Clarke Quay.

Day Two: Orchid Garden and Food Tour

The next day we decided to hit the Botanic Gardens, which I found out had become a UNESCO World Heritage Site since I last visited. Our main focus was the National Orchid Garden. They have thousands of orchids and a special VIP section with breeds that are named after e.g. Lady Diana, Michelle and Barack Obama and Angela Merkel. From there we walked to Orchard Road and promptly got a little lost in ION Orchard, a huge shopping center, on the way to the metro.

For the evening I booked a food tour, my new favorite thing to do when traveling. We did the Katong Evening Tour through SingaBites which was great. We tried Curry Puffs, Hainanese Chicken Rice (the national dish), Indian Paratha with different curries, Laksa, sticky rice cakes filled with meat and coconut palm sugar balls. Besides lots of food we also visited a Hindu Temple and learned a lot about the different cultures in Singapore.

After the tour we had some drinks with the other two participants and walked back to our hotel along the lit up Marina Bay and Singapore River.

Let’s see when I’ll go to Singapore for the forth time. I will definitely swim in the Marina Bay Sands infinity pool then 🙂