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Food in Asakusa: Hot Snacks for Everyone

Food in Asakusa: Hot Snacks for Everyone

Translated by Satomi Ohba

Written by Shiori Nakajima

Tokyo 2014.03.11 Bookmark

If you’re feeling a bit hungry, I recommend a light snack for “eating while walking” (which Japanese don’t do usually, but if you see other people eating around that area, it’s ok).

There are many “eating while walking” snacks in Asakusa, like age-manju(あげまんじゅう, fried dumplings), odango (お団子, Japanese dumplings), and osenbei (お煎餅, Japanese rice crackers) . But I think these two shops are especially HOT:”Asakusa Menchi” and “Toyofuku”


The two shops stand side by side in an area not far from the Nakamise shopping street.
At “Asakusa Menchi”, they sell only Menchi-katsu (メンチカツ, minced cutlet) as its name suggests(180 yen). The cutlet is stuffed generously with Kanagawa Kouza pork. Meat juice will gush out from your first bite, an irresistible taste.


You won’t need any sauce because just the good flavor of meat will be enough. But you can add some “Japanese mustard” to enhance the taste, which brings out even more harmonious tastiness.


Next is “Toyofuku”. This shop is a karē pan (カレーパン, Japanese curry bread) shop which opened recently. The “world famous Kitano” sent his words of congratulations at Toyofuku’s grand opening (the sign at the left top is it).


Good looking karē pans are lined in the showcase…actually no. They sell out the moment they are finished.

In the crisp fried hot bread, Japanese curry stewed well for over eight hours is stuffed. The sweetness of A4 rank Japanese black beef (It seems they stock carefully selected but different beef from time to time. Today’s batch was from Hokkaido) and the tingling of original spices blend together in perfection. You’ll be sure to want more despite the heaviness. You can get one for 280 yen.


You can enjoy these snacks with only one hand, so they come in handy when you’re strolling around. There may be people waiting in line (which we Japanese are good at), but don’t hesitate, it’s worth the waiting. The juicy “Asakusa Menchi” Menchi -katsu or the spicy “Toyofuku” karē pan: which are you for?


Asakusa Menchi

Access: 2-3-3 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-6231-6629
Hours: 10:00-19:00
Open throughout the year


Access: 2-3-4 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3843-6556
Hours: 10:00-19:00
Open throughout the year


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