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  • S: So if you want to experience a little bit of old-school Japan

  • S: Allow me to introduce you to harmonica alleyway and Kiichi-Joji, which at first opened up as a black market slash flea market

  • S: But now it's full of a whole bunch of nice little cute and trendy delicious shops

  • M: It's really like the kind of place that you can get lost in you just gotta come here and explore the streets

  • M: Today we're gonna take you guys on a food adventure down the alleyways and see what kind of food they have to offer us in harmonica alleyway

  • S: So we are right now going for some show long-ball also known as Xiao long bao

  • S: But this is a different style than what we're used to because it's a lot thicker dough at the bottom

  • S: It's baked to be really crunchy but, it's still got a soup base in it. You'd be a fool

  • S: You'll be a pure fool to bite into this right away

  • S: You have to poke it, and I know some people in Taiwan are gonna say only hooligans poke it

  • S: Don't listen to them only people with suicidal tendencies wanna bite into this once because, you will die it is way too

  • S: freakin hot. First thing you gotta do is make a little hole, and you can see all the juiciness right there

  • S: So you can see this is really good because when you stick your wood in the holes get really juicy

  • S: That was a *bleep* good one wasn't it. That was a good one!

  • S: You know that was a good one.

  • S: Now that you poked your hole in you got a sip out the soup

  • *Slurping*

  • Ahhhh

  • S: That is...

  • S: You don't even need to eat the dumpling just eating the soup itself. It's so satisfying

  • *slurps*

  • S: Slowly, though you got a sip it get a lot of air in there to cool it down so you don't burn yourself

  • S: It's a nice

  • S: Creamy pork broth on the inside. I think I got it all, I'm ready to have my first bite

  • S: Please don't criticize me too hard on my technique. I know there are other steps

  • S: I should do. I need to make a sacrifice to the water God, so I don't hurt myself

  • S: I forgot that step but, here we go

  • Mmmmmm

  • S: We got a nice half inch or so of thick crispy dough on top nice and soft and steamed

  • S: The bottom is fried, the top the steamed and, the inside juicy succulent pork with nice little toasted sesame seeds on top

  • Mmm

  • S: This is a delicious way to start your night

  • S: On to the next place!

  • M: Now it can be quite overwhelming to find a place when you're in Harmonica Alley

  • M: Because everyplace looks amazing! S: Yep!

  • M: I will tell you that the place we are in right now has

  • M: The biggest and has two floors, even though you can't tell there is an upstairs here

  • M: and so you're more likely to get a seat here. Or, to be able to stand outside than you are some of the other places

  • S: I think so. This place also has a really cool aesthetic. It looks like it's all carved out of ice

  • S: It's much cooler if you can sit at the bar

  • S: But we came here a bit too late so they only have the tables here. But, if you get a chance to definitely sit around the bar

  • S: Cuz it just got such a cool vibe to it

  • M: I hope you're small because its a very packed place

  • S: Or you can just be affectionate with strangers. M: Which you can't because

  • M: if they have food, and they try to eat your food you're gonna have to kill them then you're a murderer

  • S: Do you want that on your conscience? M: Don't you eat my food Rick Bobby!

  • M: Now the food they serve here is yaki-tori which is little tiny grilled sticks of meat.

  • M: If you guys don't read Japanese, just come here

  • M: And just choose a bunch of them like be on an adventure and find out what you're gonna get

  • M: you might get tomatoes and we might get chicken thigh, but everything is quite good

  • M: In our opinion though

  • M: The most unique thing at this place is their lamb. They do lamb and they do a lamb chop

  • M: And it does take a little longer to come out, but it is worth the wait

  • M: So today we are gonna be showing you guys

  • M: freshly grilled lamb chops

  • S: Because of lamb chops takes so long to make we're gonna fill our time with drinking some alcohol

  • M: So I'm drinking an Oolong-Hai

  • M: It sounded disgusting to me when I first moved to Japan it is essentially black tea and

  • M: Shochu which is not to be mistaken for sake. I thought the idea of alcohol and tea sounded like the most revolting thing ever

  • M: But, somehow it works

  • S: Now we mentioned in previous video before, High Balls, but some of you don't know what it is

  • S: Basically It's just soda water and Japanese whiskey. It's just Japan's own version of whiskey

  • S: Here we go! M: Kanpai

  • M: Kanpaiiii~

  • M: I mis-poured my ratio of Sochu S: I was about to ask you I think he poured far too much shochu in yours

  • M: It's fine

  • S: I think you got the balance wrong. Or are you just trying to get right to the embarrassing part of the night?

  • S: That's up to you

  • M: Umm that would be if I ordered shots, alright?

  • S: The lamb-chops came a lot quicker than

  • S: Usual, and I think it's because it's only a Thursday night and on a Saturday night and not completely crazy

  • M: Ah, yeah, look at how juicy and wonderful that looks S: Little baby lamb chops and this guy

  • S: Look how small the little lamb chops are!

  • M: At first we like putting on the hot pepper that come with it, I just kinda dip it in

  • *Romantic music starts*

  • S: Considering how quickly this was made it, just so juicy you could really mess up lamb and make it super tough. M: Yep!

  • S: They maintained all the moisture got a nice crisp on the outside

  • M: It's a beautiful medium, not a medium rare. The outside a nice crisp and it's got a really nice seasoning

  • M: of salt and pepper on it

  • S: This is rare we have been to many Yuzakaia's and I haven't seen lamb chops regularly

  • S: This is just phenomenal lamb chop!

  • S: This is the pay system. So, they give you like little tabby's right here

  • S: And everything you ordered they give you more of these and in the end you bring these to the check out and each of these has a different value

  • S: Shoot

  • M: Aww Simon

  • S: That didn't work! That didn't work... M: Aww Simon

  • S: Dan can you get that for me?

  • Dan: *laughing*

  • *Fun upbeat music playing*

  • S: So even though you can come to Harmonica Alley for like some traditional style food

  • S: You can also go to a standing bar that serves bottles of wine which I don't really know how many sanding bars that serves wine

  • S: So we're gonna take you to one right now. Let's go!

  • *music continues*

  • M: A delicious margarita pizza, we're enjoying a wonderful

  • M: Sparkling red, we've made some new friends next door to us

  • M: Enjoy a good conversation, and now let's enjoy some pizza hand baked. Let's see what it is like.

  • M: OoooO

  • M: Very crispy. Oh, that's nice though, right

  • M: Wow! This is cheeessyy

  • M: Basil, tomato and, mozzarella

  • M: Mmmmm

  • M: That's nice!

  • * music continues*

  • S: So I'm not sure if you're noticing but, Martina is very talkative and sociable

  • S: But, you get me with food. I'm not really that good at talking

  • S: I'm good at eating my food. I'm good at dancing with my food, but talking with the people when I'm eating, not so much.

  • *music*

  • 'Min Min'

  • M: We are at Min Min ramen it is a staple of Kichijumi

  • S: You must eat here!

  • M: its been here for years

  • S: Yes

  • M: Older than me.

  • M: It's incredible homemade wanton and gyoza. You can get it in ramen format. You can get it straight up fried

  • M: You can take it out from the window.

  • S: Mmmm! This is actually really special to us because,

  • S: This was one of the first

  • S: Ramen places (M: yeah) that we ate at when we came to Japan. We couldn't read a single thing

  • M: And, now we can actually order from the menu.

  • S: Yes M: So it's really exciting.

  • S: Also. Let me just say, in the last place we went to, we had a lot more wine than expected

  • *upbeat groovy music starts*

  • S: So, I'm also getting the fried rice because they find fried rice helps prevent hangover

  • M: Surprise wine!

  • S: Whoooah those people were really generous to share their wine.

  • *groovy music continues*

  • S: The wontons here are homemade and fresh and not what you're thinking of when we think of Chinese ramen. They're quite floppy.

  • S: Yeah, Yeah

  • M: The description I'd have for them. It's more like a noodle with a small amount of meat on the inside

  • M: But it has well made the noodle is great and, the meat filling is fantastic

  • S: We haven't had this since we first came to Japan. Come on lets try it M: Oh my god

  • M: That's sesame oil. The sweetness of the meat.

  • M: Woah

  • S: I actually like this more now than when I did back then. -- M: You can appreciate it more right?

  • S: These noodles, they are really... solid, eggy...

  • M: Eggy! Is the word I was going to say as well.

  • S: Very eggy. -- M: There are so many different kinds of ramen you can't just have one

  • M: You need to try so many kinds! This one has more of a bouncy eggy taste to it.

  • M: A little bit firmer while other places are quite thin

  • M: So you need to really like give it a chance and try different shops

  • M: The base here is more of a shoyulike a soy sauce base. But, it goes really well with the wantons.

  • M: Ahh man!

  • S: And you notice how I finish my noodles right away because the number one to sin when it comes to eating ramen

  • S: is letting it sit in your bowl so that the noodles absorb more and more broth and become soggy

  • S: You want to eat them right away, so you can get them at the ideal texture

  • M: The traumatizing life of a food blogger

  • M: How do we explain it to you while not ruining our noodles?

  • M: Hey ducky?-- S: mm?

  • Umai!! (yummy)

  • S: mmm-- M: Oishi!! (Yummy)

  • S: Oh man, this is so much better now than before M: mmm

  • S: I've become a little bit of a gyoza snob since we went some really famous

  • S: Amazing gyoza places in Ikebukero. Oh, let me see how this one tastes compared to the rest.

  • S: This looks like a solid gyoza. Cuz these are handmade right?

  • M: mmm (in agreement)

  • S: Here we go!

  • M: They are famous for a reason right?

  • S: The problem with getting a good gyoza. You want to get the bottom crispy

  • S: But if you get them too crispy you dry up the inside

  • S: And if you let the insides get too moist and you don't get enough crisp at the bottom. This is just...

  • S: The perfectly fried gyoza

  • M: The flavours on the inside with the cabbage with the pork

  • M: Ungh!

  • S: Those green onions in there, are so sweet.

  • M: I mean if you can't make it to anything else. Come on down for the dumplings here

  • M: Oh my gosh!

  • S: Harmonica Alleyway has so many tiny little restaurants (M: Yeah)

  • S: But, so many of them are so

  • S: Profoundly delicious they really master their craft

  • S: And there's so much variety of food here. Oh my god! Oh my god! This is great

  • M: So I hope this video has encouraged you to come to Kichi-Joji and explore the alleyways

  • M: There are so many shops to visit!

  • S: We've only done a few them. There a bunch that we love that were closed that we couldn't go to right now.

  • M: Right! And other places that were just packed

  • M: But the key is if you speak Japanese if you don't speak Japanese. Come on out to this area

  • M: Just explore hop in pick off the menu make new friends you guys are gonna have an amazing time

  • S: So many nice people here! You're gonna love it

  • M: I mean I'm still a bit hungry.

  • S: Are you? -- M: Yeah -- S: Girl you ate too much.

  • M: I think I'm gonna go eat some more food.

  • (Talking over each-other) S: There is a spot over there! lets go figure out what that is. -- M: Lets go get some more food. What that over there?

  • *jazzy music outro*

S: So if you want to experience a little bit of old-school Japan

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Food Tour of Harmonica Alley in Kichijoji

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    Summer posted on 2020/08/14
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