Tokyo Street Food Recommendations by a Local

Food Lover’s Paradise

Tokyo should be on your bucket list if you love to eat. Tokyo has been crowned as the city with the most Michelin-starred restaurants, but Michelin starred restaurants come with a pretty big check. Tokyo has much more to offer than top-rated restaurants.

In this post I’d like to explore my city and introduce you to affordable and tasty street foods.

 

1. Kin no Torikara – Shibuya

Crispy chicken fingers to munch on while exploring the city of Shibuya.

 

Recommendation Level – 5/5

Comments – This is a great snack to have when you just want to grab a quick bite in between meals. My wife and I always get the large size for two, and drench it with sweet chili sauce.

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

 

Pour your favorite sauce on the chicken. My recommendations are the original spice and sweet chili sauce.

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

 

2. World’s second best freshly baked Melon-pan Icecream – Shibuya

As crazy as it sounds, this is the official name of this store. By the way, Melon-pan is Cantaloupe-flavored bread. It is a common snack for the Japanese, but this store puts ice cream inside it, and on top of that, claims to be the World’s second best. I don’t even know where to start the discussion about their name.

 

Recommendation Level- 1/5

Comments – TBH, we didn’t like it. It was just a regular cantaloupe bread with ice cream. We ate this on a hot summer day, so the ice cream kept dripping and it was hard to eat.

 

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

3. J.S. Curry – Shibuya

J.S. Curry serves more than a regular curry. Another local’s favorite snack is curry-bread, where curry paste is stuffed in crispy, fried bread. It looks like a flat, large, croquette, and it is delicious. You have to eat it when it is hot, so eat it immediately after you buy it. I personally don’t recommend bringing it back to hour hotel / home.

 

Recommendation Level – 4/5

Comments – We loved it. It was the simple, orthodox, crispy curry bread. It makes you pretty full, so make sure you are hungry.

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

 

4. Gindaco – Shibuya

Takoyaki, aka octopus balls are the perfect Japanese soul food / snack. Gindaco is one of the most famous takoyaki chain in Japan, and this one in particular is serving high-balls (whiskey soda) that goes perfectly with takoyaki.

 

Recommendation Level – 4/5

Comments – If you are visiting Japan, you should try takoyaki at least once. I just want to let remind you that Gindaco is a chain, and it is NOT the place to go if you want better, authentic takoyaki. I should also note that takoyaki originated in Osaka, so if you are planning a visit there, you should look for recommendations there.

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5. American Dog – At any 7 Eleven

The Japanese have a funky taste when it comes to naming things, but the quality of this American Dog aka hot dog on a stick, is amazing.

Every convenience store in Japan has a hot snack corner at the register where they sell fried snacks, chicken skewers, and dumplings. I am not such a big fan of the hot snack corner, or even food sold in the convenience stores in general, but his one is something I can proudly recommend.

Remember to get it at 7 Eleven. The other convenience stores have similar things, but not as good as this one!

 

Recommendation Level – 4/5

Comments – This is the best convenience store snack in Japan. Let us know in the comments if you have tried other snacks.

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

5. Rainbow Sweets – Harajuku 

Everybody wants to take insta-worthy rainbow snacks right? First we went to Long! Longer!! Longest!!! (please don’t get me started with the naming), but their cotton candy machine was broken, so we went to Rainbow Sweets.

 

Recommendation Level – 3/5

Comments – Obviously, this is only for taking great photos. It is huge, sticky, and very hard to eat especially with kids, but it will put a very big smile on their faces (so it’s all worth it!).

 

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

You can also get it to go!

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

The aftermath of the rainbow cotton candy.

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

 

6. Long! Longer!! Longest!!! – Harajuku

This store is known for selling super long food and sweets. We first came here for the long, rainbow cotton candy, but the cotton candy machine broke down. We also found out that the super long ice cream was sold out as well.

We ended up getting the long churros, which wasn’t too surprising because churros are long to begin with.

 

Recommendation Level – 2/5

Comments – We were a bit disappointed that the ice cream was sold out and the cotton candy machine was broken. But, we found the same store (Rainbow Sweets) so we were able to have the cotton candy.

 

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

 

7. Seiya – Harajuku

Seiya is a small ramen bar, NOT known amongst tourists. It is a local small chain, that offers ramen with pork bone broth and soy sauce based soup. You can customize your ramen by choosing hosomen (thin noodles) / futomen (thicker noodles), amount of oil, sodium level, and also choose how hard / soft you want the noodles to be cooked.

The best thing about it is, that the ramen only costs ¥540 tax included, while most ramen stores in Tokyo cost ¥900 – ¥1200 per bowl.

 

Recommendation Level – 4/5

Comments – I must admit that the pork bone broth smell will be not tolerable for some people. My wife hates the smell, but once you get past the first 10 minutes, you will get used to it and the ramen itself smells very delicious. This is my wife’s absolute favorite ramen store, but she wishes for the store to get cleaner and have a better ventilation system.

 

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

Choose from Chinese hot pepper paste, ginger paste, and garlic paste, or put them all in!

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

 

8. Asakusa Menchi – Asakusa

What’s a Menchi? It is a croquette of pork meat patty mixed with caramelized onions. Who wouldn’t love that? It is a VERY popular, extremely filling snack amongst the locals.

 

Recommendation Level – 4/5

Comments – We all loved it, especially our son. The caramelized onions were sweet, pork was juicy, and the crust was crispy. They fry it after you make the order, and it may take a bit of time but it is definitely worth the wait!

 

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

 

Careful! It’s REALLY HOT

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

 

9. Oimoyasan – Asakusa

To those who have a sweet tooth AND loves sweet potatoes, you MUST TRY this one!

This snack is called Daigaku Imo,  which is basically FRIED, CANDY GLAZED SWEET POTATOES. Gotta try, right?

 

Recommendation Level – 3/5

Comments – My wife and I are NOT a big fan of sweets, especially my wife. If you love sweet potatoes glazed with candy (just imagine it, it should taste exactly how you imagined), it’s definitely a thumbs up!

 

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

 

10. Anshinya – Asakusa

We walked by this store and had to try because of the gigantic friend chicken somebody was holding. They also have matcha ice cream (most places in Japan does, but…) so we had that too!

 

Recommendation Level – 3/5

Comments – We forgot to take photos of how big the fried chicken was, but you can probably see it in this one. Its, crispy, spicy (store will ask you if you want spicy or not), and REALLY good.  The matcha ice cream was very rich and had a strong matcha taste.

 

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

Now, let’s try the Matcha Ice Cream

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

Tokyo Street Food Recommendations

 

Thanks for Reading 🙂

We will be updating the list from time to time. Our goal is to have 50 Street Foods in Tokyo. Wish us luck by commenting / sharing. Thanks a lot!

 

 

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