Tokyo: だし茶漬けえん (Dashi Chazuke – en) @ Narita Airport

Sometimes, the simplest meal taste the most comforting. This is definitely the case for Japanese food, simply, yet a complex taste and comforting at the same time.

Chazuke (茶漬け) is one of those food.  Basically, its just rice with some ingredients and a hot fish broth which you pour over it as a meal. Its really a teochew styled porridge for the Chinese. The difference is really in the broth, usually cooked with bonito and seaweed. The savoury taste makes the whole dish comes alive and is at the same time very comforting, especially if you looking for something light and yet filling for your stomach.

Anyhow, me and San were wondering around Narita airport on the way back and found this chazuke place. Its a chain shop so you definitely can find this somewhere else in Tokyo. What is good about some of this chain shops is that they serve good food at a reasonable price. The same meal in Singapore would cost double and probably with less ingredients, not as nice and comes with bad service.

What attracted me was this 1,000 yen poster offered with salmon, eel, fish roe and scallops! How tempting is that!

I must say that I didn’t regret my decision, the meal was simply warm, comforting and yet has the deep rich taste that comes in the broth. Definitely worth another visit the next time I am in town.


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