Food Archive

Akiba Food: Beef Out Your Bowl at Akihabara’s BEEFst

What is abura soba? Ramen comes in all different flavors and different variations. Even different colors. But did you know it can even come without soup? This incarnation is called abura soba. The name can be misleading since …

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Around Akiba Food: Taste Taiyaki at Kuriko-an

Ok, here’s a riddle: what’s fishy, warm, and filled with beans? Stumped? Say hello to taiyaki. What is Taiyaki? Taiyaki is a Japanese fish-shaped cake often filled with red bean paste, custard, cream, or even chocolate. In Japanese, the …

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Around Akiba Food: Dip into Tsukemen with GAKU

It’s no joke to say ramen has taken the world by storm. From instant noodle flavors to suit taste buds in Mexico to $20 bowls in New York, ramen has roamed far and wide from its Japanese (and, potentially …

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How to Buy Akihabara’s Canned Oden from a Vending Machine

What is oden and why is it canned? Exploring the shops of Akihabara and budgeting for anime goods can both work up an appetite as well as worries for one’s wallet. Luckily, canned oden provides tasty relief for …

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Animate Cafe: The Safe Space for Fans in Japan

Animate Café is one of the most popular subculture-meets-sweets chains across Japan Decked out in a navy blue and white outfit to match my favorite idol unit and carrying my trusty omanjū mascot with me, I joined a …

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