Dr. Sushi's Japan Trip: The Photos
- This is the beer garden at Aoyama Food and Flea, a wonderful farmers market in Aoyama, Tokyo.
- The proud owner Okunaga Yoshihiro of Mankai ramen in Osaka. He worked in a Fukuoka ramen shop for 20 years before opening his own place in Osaka.
- We met this cool crew at Afuri ramen in Ebisu, Tokyo. The man on the right said we were the first foreigners he's come across who ate ramen correctly.
- We traveled to Hiroshima to eat Hiroshima style okonomiyaki, a dish I've made for years but have never tried. Every place we went to was so so good.
- This is the front sign at Okariba in Kyoto, Okariba means "hunting grounds." The head chef is an avid hunter and actually serves everything he kills in his restaurant.
- This man studied Kaiseke cuisine for years before opening his own izakaya. He serves such brilliant food that people travel from around Japan to visit his tiny Osaka izakaya.
- The chef loved to joke around, Eizo and Yosei (another friend of ours in the picture) loved to joke around, Ben and I loved to joke around. We had a really good time here.
- I went to a great sushiya in Ebisu for an upscale Omakase style sushi dinner. I had to. It was worth it.
- Took a side trip to Java to eat Indonesian food. This is the window of a Masakan Padang, a type of cuisine found all over Indonesia but originating in Padang. It's the best.
- I spoke too soon. THIS is the best. This is a Sundanese restaurant in Bandung, West Java. Fried meats and veggies with Sundanese Sambal and rice. Holy moly.
- You tell 'em what you want, then they throw it in a giant pot of oil that's flavored from everything that's been cooking in it.
- Our friends in Bandung had a barbecue when we got to town. Stayed up late cooking fish, smoking cloves, talking about music. A real good time.