If this is your first time to Tokyo, Asakusa’s Sensōji (浅草寺, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple that is a must visit spot. Famous for the giant lantern and giant grass sandal on the gate of the temple, the beautifully crafted Sensōji with a cute shopping district right in front of it, and the charm of the place can trap one walking around the area for hours just trying to capture a glimpse of everything happening in this busy and bustling area.
It is a great place for photography and light omiyage shopping, but what if you are hungry after walking around the area for the whole morning?? Here are some suggestions for the first timers =D
1. Agemanju / Fried Rice Cakes
Yes you will see plenty of mochi or traditional Japanese crackers sold in the shops, but how about trying some fried mochi while walking by the rows of small souvenir stores? Agemanju have mochi with various fillings like red bean paste, cream custard, sesame and so on. All you have to do is to point to one and they will fry it for you. The freshly fried mochi have a crispy crust with hot yet soft inside that will explode in the mouth. Ohhhhhhh ~
Agemanu Address:111-0032 東京都台東区浅草2-3-1 (Facing the temple, it is on the left side row of shops, 3rd shop counting from near the temple’s side. )
Agemanu Website: http://agemanju.jp/%E5%BA%97%E8%88%97%E6%83%85%E5%A0%B1/
For people who loves eating rice with specially made soy sauce and does not mind heavier flavors (ME!!) 大黑家 Daikokuya Tempura a.k.a Big Black House in literal translation is an amazing place to be.
Established in the late 1880s, Daikokuya is known for their specially formulated soy sauce, and they fry their shrimp tempura in sesame oil.
Daikokuya is located within Asakusa’s shopping area, there are lines of people waiting to eat at this hundred year old tempura place everyday. Recommend going there early like at 11am. The first floor have tables and western sitting, the second floor are tatami floor seating. When my mother and I went to eat, we were placed on the second floor tatami area
(had to practice eating while sitting on my legs O_O eek, sore legs).
We ordered Ebi Tendon (海老天丼), which has 4 large fried shimp tempura on top of the bowl of rice that is soaked with their special made soy sauce. The fried shrimps were so big they covered the entire bowl with no space left!!
The tendon rice can be a bit heavier in flavor, as many Japanese do prefer more salty taste in food, but I really enjoyed the aroma just surrounds me and makes me hungry even now when I think back.
If you want something with fried items but not the rice with soy sauce, I recommend tempura set lunch like 天麩羅定食 where they have the tempura and the rice separate, along with soup, and a side dish. Daikokuya only accepts cash, and their main food prices range from 1,550 yen to 2,100yen. My Ebi Tendon was 1,950 yen, and a tempura set lunch is 2,100 yen.
大黑家 Website: http://www.tempura.co.jp/english/index.html
Hours: 11:10am-8:30pm(weekdays & sunday),
11:30am-9:00pm(saturday & national holidays)