I often remembered how my parents’ generation will often say that “Japan is too expensive”. However, now that Singapore is the top of the list of the world’s most expensive place to live in, I hear stories from my aunt that Japanese tourists find Singapore too expensive.
Anyway, with that prior impression I had in my mind, I did not really eat much Japanese food during my first trip in 2013, and only do selected restaurant to sample certain interesting Japanese cuisine. However, in this recent trip, with the help of my friend Dolphin-san, his tips led me to some interesting places to eat.
Nevertheless, I really took on the courage to just walk into places with menu that look interestingly enough.
I stumbled upon this place, just because first, it was right next to my Airbnb place, second, it was pretty decently priced, third, it looked like a fast-food chain. Seeing that I was not in any hurry to go anywhere, I decided to leave my wifi dongle to charge in the room and head down there for a nice breakfast.
YUP, I did say breakfast.
Honestly, I stood in front of this menu for awhile trying to FIND a non-beef item and luckily, it has ENGLISH WORDS!!!!! I found one dish I wanted to try and looks delicious: Extra Green Onions and Sliced Pork Bowl~~
Check out this link that I found out later on: http://www.matsuyafoods.co.jp/english/menu/don/don_negishiobuta.html
Majority of the food outlets in Japan operate with one of these payment purchase machines which pretty much works like a vending machine, only that it dispenses tickets and then you present it to the staff near to the kitchen.
Almost every table has this set of condiments, cutlery and sauces on the table. I have absolutely NO CLUE what most of these sauces were, except for one… the far right bottle with the word 七味 which I knew is a kind of mixed spice powder that I am familiar with back home in Singapore.
The staff will first serve you a small glass of cold water. I realised that they always serve their water cold, no matter which food establishment I went to and I wonder why it was that way. I never got to ask them because… 😛 , I rarely speak a word of Japanese.
Here are some closeup of my breakfast:
Extra Spring Onions and Sliced Pork Bowl
I enjoyed my pork bowl very much. Although it is not some expensive restaurant or some must-try food, but I must say the taste is definitely authentic and really tasty. I love those extra spring onions (I love spring onions) which really give an extra punch to the chewy pork and the fluffy white rice underneath it all which also has been catching all the extra sauces that was poured down from above.
I secretly did something I often do when I am back home in Singapore. I took the soft-boiled egg which I had additionally ordered aside from the pork bowl set, and mixed it into the fluffy rice and the onions, then topped off every mouthful of eggy-goodness rice with a slice of pork.
Prices are definitely good for value too. Come to think of it, I don’t think we can get such a decent delicious pork bowl in Singapore for this price!
So how much I spent?
Extra Spring Onions & sliced pork bowl + miso soup = 450 Yen
Soft Boiled Egg ============================== 230 Yen
Total ====================================== 680 Yen
Converted to SGD (based on 0.0122 rate)========= SGD$8.32
Not bad, right?
Where to find Matsuya?
They have many location across Japan. You can use this link http://pkg.navitime.co.jp/matsuyafoods/?lang=en
to locate a store in the area you are in.
If you want to head to this exact store I went to, here’s a map to show you where it is:
They also have other subsidiary brands of F&B outlets, which I have not tried yet, but I would be sure to look out for them when I am in Japan again.
Off for another yummy adventure!