Following our previous post about Ota Market for December 2012 monthly feature, "Market"(市場), we picked up some scenes at Tsukiji Market on December for this post.
Once in 2011 we introduced Tsukiji Market with a seriese of posts mainly for Jonai (場内, inside) or wholesale area, where it is known for Tuna Auction. This time we focus on Jogai (場外, outside) area in Tsukiji Market.
Tsukiji Jogai market (築地場外市場) is situated next to the Tsukiji Market Jonai (築地市場場内) or wholesale area. Jogai, representing "outer area" in Japanese, is targeting more at non-professional buyers or local ordinary people and tourists, while Jogai area(inside) is mainly for professional buyers such as restaurants, retailers. Jogai area looks more like shopping arcade. It is the busiest around the end of December by local people who are looking for seafood and related products to be prepared for their New Year feast.
In other parts of the world, especially in Christian culture, maybe you have a feast on the Chritsmas day with your family, while you spend fun time with your friends or a partner on New year eve and New year day. In Japan on the contrary, New Year holiday 1st to 3rd of January is a period when we share time with our family in traditional ways, while we are likely to enjoy Christmas season with friends or a partner by having parties in a modern way. So New Year holiday for Japanese is to Christmas day for Christial family. Then you can imagine why Japanese locals are eager to organize a big feast on New year holidays.
Celebration in Japanese traditional style, seafood is one of the biggest feature among New Year plates. So local people rush to Tsukiji for high quality seafood at less expensive price. Then on the last half of December, we can find some gorgeous seafood products or delicacies which rarely could be seen in other seasons.
During the last few days of December, Tsukiji Jogai market is extremely busy with local people. If you could arrive there in very early morning before 9 a.m. or earlier period, before 27th December, you will be able to enjoy finding such seasonal delicacies and vital atomosphere more comfortably, although the weather is a bit cold. It could be less than 10 C degree outside even during the day.
After or before such joyful discovery of rare Japanese seasonal delicacies, let's have breakfast or lunch at a restaurant in the area. We can find many casual restaurants at Tsukiji Jogai markets. Majority of them offers Kaisendon (海鮮丼, seafood bowl) prepared with fresh ingredients, of course, from Tsukiji wholesale market just a few hundreds meters away and some other provide ramen that must originally target at market workers.
Today's our recommendation is a bit different from such typical Tsukiji meal.
Toritoh(鳥藤) is a wholesaler of chicken meat based in Tsukiji over 100 years since the beginning of 20th century. One of restaurants which the wholesaler company operates is located in Tsukiji Jogai area.
The name as same with the company, the casual Japanese restaurant Toritoh is specialized in plates and bowls with Chicken meat. The most recommendable specialty of Toritoh is Oyako-don (親子丼, bowl of chiekn and egg on top of rice) which is tradtional home-made style food in Japan.
Fresh tender chicken meat mixed with
high quality scramble eggs on top of rice
The sweet and gentle flavor suits not only for lunch but also for breakfast.
At Totitoh, Oyakodon is served with a cup of chicken stock soup which is also very nice.
The restaurant is small with several seats at the counter in front of open style kitchen as well as a few of tables. From the counter seats we can enjoy looking at the chefs preparing chicken for Oyakogon or Yakitori (skewered chicken) etc. Oyakodon is cooked on a very small pan for each diner one by one. Yakitori is grilled very carefully little by litthe by the chef. They know well how much and how these chicken pieces are cooked for each menu. The casual Japanese restaurant maybe is a place where we can taste chicken plate in the best way!! although the price is just around Yen 1000 or even less per person.
Spices offered on the table (right) can be added as accent of flavor if you would.
These spices are also produced by Toritoh especially for chicken dishes.
Address: 4-8-6 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Open: 7:30am - 14:30
Official website (in Japanese) : http://www.toritoh.com/contents/tenpo01/
Link to related posts:
Following our last post about Ota Market visitor course, we introduce two Japanese restaurants situated in Ota Market, which is the largest fruit & vegetable wholesale market in Japan.
How to get to Ota Market, please refer our previous post.
Location: on the second floor of Office Wing (Jimto, 事務棟), which is the start point of the Visitor Course and also is in front of the bus stop.
Please check the market plan from here.
The typical casual Japanese restaurant offers bowl (don, 丼) menus of seafood and deep-fried.
What to have here is "Anago tendon" (穴子天丼, deep-fried conger with rice bowl).
For those who is unfamiliar with Anago(conger), it looks similar to eel with long body like a snake. Anago is often served as a piece of Sushi, after cooked with sweet sauce. Tempura (Japanese style deep-fried ) is another good way to enjoy conger.
Anago tendon at Daimatsu
with incredibly large anago piece!!!
These two pieces are much over the bowl size...
crispy and of course tasty!!
Anago Tendon at Daimatsu is something rare to find even in Tokyo.
Restaurant name: Daimatsu (大松)
Address: Ota Market Jimuto 2nd floor, 3-2-1 Tokai, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Official site (in Japanese): http://homepage3.nifty.com/fujiken-daimatsu/daimatsu.htm
Webpage on Ota market supplier association(in Japanese): http://www.otashijo-kanren.jp/tenpo/ji_4.html
Well our second recommendation is for fresh seafood menu. In Ota Market, fresh seafood is also dealt with, even though the market size is not as much as of the famous Tsukiji Market. So why not try fresh seafood at a restaurant in Ota Market? They are equally fresh and high quality and luckly unlike some restaurants in Tsukiji Market, you do not have to make a long queue.
Location: Fujiken is situated in Annex or Kanrento (関連棟) in Japanese. Annex is tightly sandwiched between Fruit & Vegetable market and Seafood market. It is like a shopping archade, where more than ten shops & casual restaurants serving the market workers and wholesale traders visiting the market. We can find some shops selling processed food or packing materials and restaurants there.
The Annex has two streets, West and East but it is not so long and complicated. So it won't be difficult to find Fujiken there, especially because of clipping articles of Japanese magazines featuring the restaurant and autographs appearing at the restaurant's entrance.
This is the most famous specialty of Fujiken,
Fuji-don (富士丼), obviously named after the highest mountain in Japan
and also the name of the restaurant
All imaginable kinds of edible seafoods on top of rice bowl!!!
Oyster, the biggest feature, comes from Hyogo for this day.
One of rare spieces, "Chushingura"(忠臣蔵),
as per introduction by the hostess of the restaurant.
Crab with the shell, sea urchin (uni), salmon roe (ikura), scallop (hotate)..., uh,
Usually we feel happy, even if we can have one of these Japanese delicacies but here...
in addition, squid (ika), conger (anago, again after Daimatsu above),
negitoro (tuna & shreded leek), two kinds of sashimi fish and egg cake!!!!!
Can't be better than this.
What an attractive seafood bowl...
Fujidon costs Yen 1950 per bowl, the most expensive bowl menu. No one should complain for it. The ingredients could be changed slightly by season but the sensation level is similar for a whole year.
Restaurant name: Fujiken (富士軒)
Address: Annex (関連等) Ota Market, 3-2-7 Tokai, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Official site (in Japanese): http://homepage3.nifty.com/fujiken-daimatsu/fujiken.htm
Webpage on Ota market supplier association(in Japanese): http://www.otashijo-kanren.jp/tenpo/d_5.html
Actually Daimatsu and Fujiken are brother properties operated by a same owner. The family has operated the restaurants for over 100 years since they were based in a former market in Kanda, East Tokyo.
It might be worth visiting Ota Market for either of the two restaurants. But the problem is.... if you have only a chance to have lunch, which one you will go?! Both are too attractive options.
It is up to you!!!
How to go to Ota Market, please check our previous post.
In Tokyo, it becomes cold day by day. The year-end of 2012 is coming soon.
The month of December is the busiest season for food markets, because during this season Japanese locals have some big events such as Christmas party, year end party and new year family gathering. Then this month's feature by About Food in Japan is "food MARKET" in Tokyo.
By the way, for those who plan to visit Tsukiji Market, please keep in mind that tsuna auction observation area is close out from tourists until 19 January 2013 for security reason due to the busiest season for professional dealers.
For more information, please check announcement in English:
Well, let's back to a market introduction for today's post, Ota Market.
Ota Market is the largest market in Japan for fruit & vegetable and flower products, locating the bay side of West Tokyo, between Haneda Airport and central town. The share dealt by Ota Market is around a half of bussiness in Tokyo for these fresh products from land. While Tsukiji Market is the largest for fishery products, Ota Market also has fish & seasfood area.
Among all wholesale food markets in Tokyo, only Ota Market set up "Visitor Course" where tourists are welcomed to visit and watch inside of the wholesale market.
Let's see the largest market in Japan, following the visitor course with photos.
First how to get there, it will be easier to take a public bus from JR Omori station (two stops away from Shinagawa).
We put a link for the bus time table here for your information.
From Omori Station to Ota Market Weekday (平日) & Saturday (土曜日)
After 20 minutes, you will arrive Ota Market.
First, go inside to this building (事務棟/Jimuto, Office wing)
in front of the bus stop.
The visitor course starts from the second floor of this building.
On the floor, visitor center is also located.
But it will open only from 9a.m.
No entrance fee is required.
If you arrive ealier than 9 a.m., no one would be there to help you.
Anyway, feel free to have the tour by own!
The visitor course starts from this passage way connecting
between the office wing and market main area.
Some information at the market is available in English, Korean and Chinese.
The visitor course goes around Fruit Wing then to Fisheries Wing.
Here is the Fruit & Vegetable Wing, the largest market in Japan!
Vegetable and fruit auction can be found between 6:50a.m. to around 7:30a.m.
It's the best timing to visit Ota Market.
Small scale of auction is also taken place here and there.
We found Melon auction!
Melon is considered as a product in Summer season in general.
But during Winter, the fruit is dealt mainly as very expensive gift.
All box and products are neatly piled up!!
Please don't miss the sign for Visitor Courtse (見学者コース) on the floor or steps.
some similar scenes can be found from the Visitor Course on the upper floor.
Finally it reaches to the end of Visitor Course for two wings, Vegetable & Fruit, Fisheries.
Let's go back to the start point, Office Wing.
On the way back, if you are lucky....
If you are interested in Flower market, out of Food category though,
it is also on the Visitor Course.
Flowe Wing is about 5 minutes away from the Vegetable & Fruit market.
Make sure the way on the map at the Market's entrance gate.
Going through under the highway, here it is the entrance of Flower Market.
Flower Auction is made with very modern computer system.
The market is also supported by amazing and modern logistics system.
Flowers in box are automatically running around the market.
We found some seasonal products for December,
christmas tree and traditional New year decoration.
If you have a tour through from Vegetable Wing to Flower Wing since early morning, you must be hungry, like we did.
Let's go back to the start point, Offic Wing (Jimuto, 事務棟) for Vegetable & Fruit market to find some nice breakfast.
We will introduce a couple of Japanese restaurants in Ota Market on the next post.
To be continue....
Ota Market Official site - http://www.shijou.metro.tokyo.jp/english/market/ota.html
Related posts :
about Tsukiji Fish Market
about restaurants in Ota Market
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