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  • Simon: We've been living in Japan for over three and a half years now

  • and in that time we've been extensively researching Japanese food.

  • Be it through shooting documentaries with some of Japan's most revered chefs,

  • to travelling all over Japan to a lot of farms and factories to learn about Japanese products

  • We taste and document it all on this channel.

  • What's that?

  • You calling me a hipster? You calling me a foodie?

  • You're goddamn right. We take this shit seriously.

  • And in the time we've been here in Japan, we've learnt a lot of things about food culture,

  • so today, we're going to give you some tips on how to eat like a local,

  • rather than as a tourist,

  • and at the same time we're going to dispel some of the myths you've heard about Japanese food,

  • especially when it comes to sushi because there's a lot of bullsh*t online about that and we need to dispel that

  • no more of these dumb sushi rules you've seen online

  • let me tell you what it's all about!

  • (Music)

  • Before you head out and start eating everything in Japan,

  • first thing's first:

  • you need to open a computer and head on over to Tabelog.

  • FYI: this is not a paid advertisement. Tabelog is just a really big deal here.

  • I'm not ~adverse~ to doing a paid advertisement, Tabelog

  • *whispering* Tabelog, you have my number, call me

  • *dial tones* two phones at once!

  • *hangs up*

  • Tabelog is hands down the best food review system in Japan

  • It's what people in Japan use the MOST

  • not Yelp, not anything else

  • Use Yelp if you wanna see how foreigners feel about restaurants here

  • Use Tabelog if you wanna see what people living in Japan like

  • Now Tabelog isn't a small review site either

  • it's really serious stuff

  • Their annual award ceremony brings in some of Japans most revered chefs

  • It's kind of like the Oscars for Japanese chefs

  • There are even some famous Tabelog reviewers- like there are famous Youtubers

  • Sometimes a positive review from one of these reviewers

  • can change a business overnight

  • and there will be line ups outside of the place for weeks

  • The gold medal recipians of the Tabelog awards

  • are kind of like our food bucket list

  • We've been to a bunch of these restaurants already and I wish that we could go to all of them

  • We've been to >Amamoto< We've been to >L'Effervescence

  • We've been to >Miyoshi< We've been to >Saito

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  • You've seen the video on that

  • We've been to >SUGALABO

  • Martina: locally grown Asparagus and Truffles are in season right now

  • This needs to be at least five times bigger

  • Seen the video on that as well

  • We've been to >Suzue< I wish we could do a video about that place

  • And we've also been to >Yanagiya< Which you've seen a video about

  • And >Tenzushi< which.. as well you've seen a video about

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  • M: (background) what we are trying to say is.. we really like food

  • S: We really really care about food

  • For regular days though, when we're not going high end

  • we use it for whenever we're looking for a new category of food like Ramen or Unagi or even Deserts

  • Or we use it if we're exploring a new part of town and we wanna see what's really the best in that area

  • S: Nikomi..Organ stew

  • (drooling)

  • M: Oh.. Arigatōgozaimasu (Thank you)

  • (Music)

  • Online food review sites like Tabelog and Google are also really important for you to know Business hours

  • because business hours in Japan are f***ing weird

  • M: Oh.. Simon

  • We've walked past this place 11 times

  • we've only got to go in ONCE Every other time it's closed

  • it's maddening

  • M: It's open between 11:30am and 1:30pm is last order

  • and I think it's actually closed these days of the week

  • S: (joking) But I think also it depends on the full moon

  • if there's a full moon the night before then it's only open every 15 minutes

  • and you have to through that portal in the train station at Harry Potter where you walk through the brick wall

  • and then you get there. Then you gotta swing on a vine. Then you gonna make a blood sacrifice

  • These schedules make no sense to me at all

  • Grumpy! Really wanted this Ramen!

  • It can be mega frustrating if you're on vacation in Japan

  • and you aim to go to a place that's like a bucket list and you get there and it's closed

  • Here are the three things you need to know about business hours in Japan

  • Number one: Unless you are a chain restaurant, every business has different business hours

  • because most of our favourite food comes from local mom and pop shops

  • You gotta kinda get to know what their hours are

  • So.. this is our favorite Udon shop. It's closed on every single Thursday consistently

  • but every once in a while they're closed on a Friday and sometimes they're closed on a Saturday and

  • they post the schedule manually on this little cork board, so that you can see how the hours change each month

  • If it's not possible for you to come in person to check the shop which I totally understand

  • that's why you wanna check things out on Tabelog, Google Maps or even find their Twitter account

  • or their Facebook page where they'll post more personal messages like

  • 'Sorry guys we're closed today for an emergency'

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  • Second things is: Be aware that most of the small shops will have a last order for the afternoon

  • as well as a break time between lunch and dinner

  • Majority of shops we know, tend to be open between 11 and let's say 3 o'clock for lunch hours

  • But last order will be around 2 or 2:30pm

  • Which means there is this bizarre limbo between 2:30 and 5 or 6pm where

  • nothing seems to be open in Japan.

  • And that's when you can head to like a convenience store and grab an Onigiri or get an Egg Salad Sandwich

  • Or maybe check out a chain restaurant

  • (Music)

  • What up, home fry?

  • Just having a normal snack. Delicious soft boiled egg, with a delicious carton of milk

  • because Japan has THE best milk I've ever had. And then.. a vitamin bag

  • S: Oooohhhh

  • I don't know if these bags are lying but I like having my 12 vitamins given to me in chopped up jelly format

  • Gotta keep those little muscles going

  • Lawsons has my favourite hard boiled eggs *shocked* Is that it? We're in 7eleven

  • Eating a delicious Ramen egg

  • You don't even know how creamy these are

  • it's like premiere level mouth feel

  • I feel like making a video about 'top 5 things in Japan you should do'

  • I'm like EAT AN EGG! That's right, I said it!

  • Sorry vegans!

  • Vegetarians you can swing this right?

  • Pescatarians you're good

  • Gluten free.. you got this

  • No carb.. this is your jam

  • What's that one where you're a caveman? When you're like 'I only eat caveman food'

  • S: Paleo M: Paleo! You can do this

  • Really.. it's the winning food

  • And the third thing I wanted to talk about was: between 11 and 3pm there tends to be a lunch set

  • and of course it's different for each restaurant, but they'll usually include a drink of some kind

  • maybe like an iced coffee or a hot coffee. Sometimes even an alcoholic drink if you want

  • When you arrive at dinner time that lunch set just doesn't exist anymore

  • Let's go to a less noisy area for the next points, shall we?

  • S: Let's do it M: Let's do that

  • (Music)

  • Good thing about midweek parking: a lot of people don't know about the secret spots

  • This one is usually full on the weekend but we f..(interrupts)

  • thing is also I'm not sure how this is not a fire hazard This seems..

  • M:.. under the stairs. It's like so Harry Potter

  • S: This is.. just.. what am I doing here?

  • Alright watch out, it's pretty tight, let me take you to another point now

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  • Now you could find yourself in a situation in which you're traveling to Japan

  • and you don't have any data or WiFi on your phone

  • How do you know what's a good place to eat?

  • A very easy rule is to get into any line that you see for a restaurant

  • In Japan.. golden Rule:

  • GET IN THE LINE

  • It is worth the wait

  • For real, I'm not used to waiting in lines back in Canada

  • and I know a lot of people who will see a line and just walk away

  • You see this line up right here? Get into it! Even if you don't know what it is.. Get into it!

  • Most of the time they have very very good food

  • This rule however does not apply on the weekends, because on the weekends many more people are out

  • and you'll even see line ups in front of chains

  • For real this line literally doubled since we started filming this

  • We did a video about this place before

  • They're really really really good meat balls. I.. I mean have you seen the video of my dad?

  • Dad: it's un- f*cking- believable

  • S: Un- f*cking- believable! And you wonder where I swear from. It's my dad who taught me

  • Dad: Oh! It's like orgasm! S: Okay..

  • Dad: Oh! S: Easy dad!

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  • Another tip

  • This is Kichijōji Station.. it is always hella busy

  • Why are all these people here?

  • Because the rent is so expensive around the station, it's mostly just chains you're gonna find

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  • M: But just walk about 5 to 10 minutes away from the station

  • a whole new world of possibilities will emerge

  • Seriously this is where you're getting more of like the mom and pop shops

  • The places that have been here for a while that have a lot of character

  • So go for it.. 5 to 10 minutes away and find yourself something that's like local

  • and something that will have like a really impactful memory in your heart

  • Did I mention that we're hipster foodies? S: Yep!

  • Cause we're hipster foodies I'm wearing hard glasses in an unironic way

  • And look.. this little folly thing What am I.. once of those women?

  • I don't know.. I just do it cause I like it

  • It's a romper. Rompers are so.. so hipstery. Except such a pain in the butt when you have to pee.

  • Just gotta get totally naked

  • Let me tell you.. awkward on the plane. Learnt my lesson once on that..

  • What's that? My backpack has a cat? *meow*

  • Oh my god..(?)

  • It's all of it, mashed together

  • And I'm canadian, and I'm a girl, and I have EDS and I'm doing okay

  • S: You're doing great!

  • (Music)

  • (people talking in the background)

  • Now you're not gonna be able to get all of your restaurant recommendations online

  • One of the best things that you could do is

  • when you go to like busy bars like this..

  • especially when you have communal tables which you're sharing with strangers

  • Ask other people where they like to eat. Ask them for their recommendations

  • In fact, if you've seen our Rome and Barcelona videos

  • some of our best spots that we filmed were based on peoples recommendations

  • So ask other people! Don't be afraid. They'll give you a good list of restaurants

  • And make sure you check those out, because they know better!

  • S: I need a big piece of chicken M: You know what.. it's Canada day

  • S: (eating sounds) Oh yeah!

  • S: My mic can not hear anything that you're saying girl

  • M: It's Sushi myth busting time!

  • It's time for us to bust some Sushi myths

  • Why did I punch? Punch them away.. that's what I did.

  • (Crying baby)

  • That's right crying baby. There are a lot of things going around the internet that are just..

  • totally incorrect about Sushi

  • Here's something we need to dispel right away

  • Do you use chopsticks or do you use your hands? It doesn't matter!

  • For those of you that have said, you're not supposed to use chopsticks

  • Why would the chef put chopsticks in front of you then?

  • Do you think it's some kind of trap to get unsuspecting foreigners deported from the country?

  • No! If you wanna use chopsticks, use the chopsticks that are provided

  • Don't come in there with your own chopsticks that you're unsheathing

  • Cause that would just be a little bit weird. But whatever you're comfortable with, please use that.

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  • Let's talk about soy sauce and wasabi

  • So to begin with, if you go to a high end restaurant

  • this is no longer a problem for you

  • because a high end Sushi chef is going to prepare the piece for you

  • But if you're gonna go to a shop that does have soy sauce or wasabi on the table

  • This one I like a lot because it has a little kind of soft, bubbly, spongy button

  • and it's basically for dispensing a single drop of soy sauce at a time

  • so, I just use that to individually apply to the outside of my Sushi piece

  • So when you get a piece of Sushi, if you drop it into your soy sauce dish and then it just like absorbs everything like a sponge

  • Good luck even trying to pick that piece up. You'll pick it up.. it'll just shred apart everywhere

  • It's not good. It's like over soaking cereals. So that's the only thing you're trying to avoid.

  • The next thing I wanna dispel is a very important one. This get's me upset the most.

  • WHO told you you're supposed to pick up a piece and flip it upside down

  • so that the fish touched your tongue first

  • (crying baby)

  • In every single Sushi restaurant that we've been in, we've not seen one single person do that

  • Japanese or otherwise. We've even asked the chefs. None of them have heard of this

  • Please! Don't flip your Sushi piece! That's madness. And whoever writes that needs to be fired!

  • Alright. It's garbage! M: call the Sushi police!

  • S: It's garbage! Okay?

  • For those of you that are saying you're supposed to make the fish touch your tongue first, because it's most important

  • Nooo! A lot of Sushi chefs pride themselves on their rice first. Their rice is what's more important.

  • It's.. ah.. just silly.

  • Alright..

  • Here's...

  • ..you're supposed to flip this upside down?

  • M: I know.. right (laughing)

  • M: How would you do that? S: No!

  • (crying baby)

  • The only hard and fast rule that we've heard from every Sushi place that we've been to

  • and every Sushi chef that we've spoken with is: Eat the piece right away!

  • Don't let them put it in front of you and you sit in and you talk for a few minutes

  • they've really calculated the right temperature, the right density of the rice

  • You sometimes see the rice sinking a little bit because of the air in-between them

  • It's really important. Eat the piece first and do all your talking afterwards