Tokyo’s Chinatown, in the waterfront neighborhood of Yokohama, is said to be Asia’s largest. (I can’t help but think, as opposed to just being in China? But, maybe I am getting too literal!) Anyway, we had a wonderful afternoon and it actually did have a very different vibe than other Tokyo neighborhoods.
Finding some lunch was our first order of business. We were hoping to find some dim sum, but mainly just saw lots of buffet restaurants. Then we passed this restaurant that was packed, and decided to take a closer look. There was no seating inside though, so you order at the counter and eat outside, like street food.
And, voila, the finished product. Each color had a different filling, but I couldn’t really detect the difference. They tasted good, but were very hard to eat. Juice literally shot out of the dumpling when you bit it, then it was very slippery and hard to pick up with chopsticks. So, all in all, I didn’t love them as much as I thought I would.
We kept noticing roasted chestnuts, everywhere. I wondered what the significance of them were to Chinese culture. We googled it and found out that they were the first nut introduced in ancient Chinese cuisine and were also used ceremonially, for many things, including an increased chance having lots of sons. (We joked that I must not have eaten many chestnuts, Matt told the girls he wouldn’t let me.) So, we even learned something today.
An interesting side note: Almost everywhere you go in Tokyo, there are people handing out advertisements on little packets of tissue to passersby. The nice thing though, these are actually useful! I go out of my way to collect these, they are the perfect size for my purse. Too bad I have no idea what they are advertising!
An awesome day exploring Chinatown. I loved the exotic atmosphere, and the food!