Friday 5 April 2013

[Day 5] Tsukiji Fish Market (築地市場) @ Tokyo, Japan

Visiting Tsukiji Fish Market (築地市場) was listed as one of the "must go" places in our Itinerary. Although with kids in our group and we could not managed to be at the seafood auctions as early as 4.00 am in the morning to witness the show. But we were still able to reach there around 9.00 am in the morning for some fresh sashimi and sushi for brunch.

Other than selling seafood, there are also groceries stalls, marinated products, Japanese kitchen tools (such as plates, bowls and knives), restaurant supplies as well as street food, sushi bar and restaurant for visitors too.

And from what I have Google before visiting Tsukiji Fish Market.  This fish market is consider to be one of the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world as well as largest wholesale food markets of any kind. So you could imagine the crowds and tourists visiting there each day.

If you are a fan of Katsuobushi (Bonito Flakes / かつおぶし), remember to look around for this shop, try some of their samples and maybe consider to grab a pack too.

Fresh Vegetables Stall @ Tsukiji Fish Market

From the above, you could see that we do find similar vegetables like what we have in Singapore such a enoki mushrooms, white radish, Chinese cabbage, spinach and etc.

Fresh Wasabi

It's not difficult to spot these fresh Wasabi (わさび(山葵) at Tsukiji Market. And these were sold in different pricing due to their grades and sizes ranging from around ¥600 (SG$7.80) to ¥1,200 (SG$15.60) per piece. To be frank it was also our first time seeing fresh Wasabi and my kid was very excited about it.

Along the way, we found these cute little packaging which excite me. From the look and label shown on it, these seems to be dried puffer fish but we have no idea on how/what these goodies are used for. So at that time I was quite hesitated to get a packet, but to recall about it now I do felt a bit regretted for not getting one.

Above is one of their fishmonger stalls that sell fresh salmon, mackerel, shellfish and etc. And while walking passed the fish stalls mum commented that it would be good if we are staying in those service apartment with kitchen so that we could buy fresh seafood to prepare some dishes.

Other than fish, you could also find a lot of Crabs such as Hairy Crabs, Flower Crabs, Snow crabs and etc ranging up to ¥6,800 (SG$88.00) each.

Further down the lane, we were amazed by the "long knife" used to slice the tuna so we stopped to see how he do the cut. On top of that, we were also blown away by the fresh tuna and it's beautiful texture and colour.

Cooked Abalone which could be consumed straight from the packaging were sold at ¥1900 (S$25.00). Wonder is it ¥1900 per piece or per box of 6. Anyone reads Japanese word can give us some idea?

These were some of the cooked sardines, mackerel, nuts and etc which you could grab a packet or two to go with rice or porridge like most of the Japanese does. Each packet is roughly about SG$3.00 - SG$4.50 depending on what you choose. I bet this could make some good souvenir pack too!

Along the street you could find some interesting street food such as grilled mushrooms, salmon and squid which you could buy and try. Although these street food are much cheaper as compared to those served in the Japanese restaurant but taste wise they are surprisingly good and worth trying.

Tamagoyaki (玉子焼) from Takeshi (玉子焼丸武)
Takeshi (玉子焼丸武)
4丁目-10-10 Tsukiji, Chuo
Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
Telephone: (+81) 3-3542-1919
Operating Hours: 4.00am - 2.30pm (Daily)

Tamagoyaki (玉子焼) from Tsukiji Yama-Chou
There are a two famous stalls along the back street of Tuskiji Market selling Tamagoyaki (玉子焼) that draws crowds queuing outside their stalls. One of the stall at the corner which is known as Tsukiji Yam Chou (築地 山長) has around 6 different flavours such as plain, kani (crab), anago (eel), ebi (shrimp), Japanese pepper and etc.

As compared, Takeshi (玉子焼丸武) draws a larger crowds than Tsukiji Yam Chou (築地 山長) even though both selling their Tamagoyaki (玉子焼) @ ¥100 (SG$1.30) per piece. Personally we prefer the Tamagoyaki sold at Takeshi which is less sweeter and yet more fluffy to our liking. But if you are there, do try both instead of one so that you could do your own comparison.

After exploring around the Tsukiji Fish Market, we decided to pamper ourselves with some fresh Sushi (寿司) and Sashimi (刺身) for lunch at Tsukiji Sushi Kiyoshi (築地寿司清本店) which I would update more on the next post.

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