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Depachika, department store food court is synonymous with excellent, excellent food in Japan.

Setsubun Depachika: Shopping for Eho-maki and Sardines at Japanese Department Store Food Court

Setsubun Depachika: Shopping for Eho-maki and Sardines at Japanese Department Store Food Court
Depachika, the basement floor of department stores in Japan, is where some of the best food in the land can be had and at fairly reasonable prices. These food courts are difficult to beat as they are a mix of the best of the best shinise stores as well as very popular, up-and-coming stores and restaurants and some European chocolatier…

Depachika: Sanma-zushi

Depachika: Sanma-zushi
Aozakana season is upon us here in Japan. Aozakana literally means ‘blue fish’. Aozakana isn’t a species but a category. Aozakana are varieties like mackerel (saba), saury (sanma), sardine (iwashi) and so on. The backs of these fish are blue in color and in the autumn and winter they are particularly fatty and oily. Japanese say, abura ga notteiru (脂がのっている).…

Depachika: Kamonasu Dengaku

Depachika: Kamonasu Dengaku
Depachika: Kamonasu Dengaku (Baked Eggplant with Miso) 賀茂なす田楽 Depachika: Kamonasu Dengaku (Baked Eggplant with Miso) 賀茂なす田楽 Nasu Dengaku must be one of Japan’s all time greatest dishes!…

Takashimaya Department Store Food Court: Ika Meshi (squid stuffed with rice)

Takashimaya Department Store Food Court: Ika Meshi (squid stuffed with rice)
Takashimaya Department Store Food Court: Ika Meshi (squid stuffed with rice) Ika Meishi (Squid Stuffed with Rice) Well, once again the department store food court turns up some yummies! Paku and I bought this, I think it was from a demise (出店) from Ishikawa Prefecture, it is called ika meshi. Ika means ‘squid’ and meshi is one of several ways to say ‘cooked rice’.…

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