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  • Welcome to Ameyoko market here in Okachimachi in central Tokyo

  • This place is known for having some really big discounts and it's known for having some of the best street food in the city

  • Ameyoko market is about four hundred meters long located along the Yamanote line train tracks between Wano and Okatchimachi station

  • You can see that it is lined with loads of shop stalls

  • And no doors meaning that you can quickly communicate with the vendors and it also gets loud as they try to sell to people passing by

  • Now let's get some Street food!

  • This place is pretty amazing and quite famous

  • They have dozens of different kinds of kisendon's

  • Kisendon is a bowl filled with different kinds of seafood on it this one is the number one most famous one here

  • It's called the Tokymoridon so let's go in and try it

  • This is an amazing Kisendon, it's got a little bit of everything you see here maguro, tuna, salmon

  • Squid fish eggs, ikura and negitoro which is minced up

  • Maguro with leeks inside of it. It's really good

  • And the wasabi right here, which you mix in with some soy sauce and pour on top of it

  • It's an incredible meal for just seven dollars and it's one of the discounts that you can find here

  • Ameyoko market now, let's give this thing a try

  • kisendon is basically a sushi salad

  • Seafood on rice all the tastes come together in one Bowl instead of individually like sushi. It's really good!

  • This is a steep discount compared to the skigi market

  • Not far away is a takoyaki stand these grilled octopus balls or dumplings are a favorite snack

  • japan's ultimate street food!

  • This is one of the more famous takoyaki places because of the size and the price you can get four

  • Massive takoyaki's for just 200 yen

  • That's less than $2!

  • You can get two for another hundred yen up to eight in a trey

  • The shop makes them pretty fast and there's almost always a line

  • There's also another attraction to this place. You can put on your own toppings

  • katsuabushi fish flakes, seaweed, sauce and

  • Japanese mayonnaise

  • You also get a very generous piece of octopus

  • That's a mark of good takoyaki when the octopus inside is this big, you know, you're getting a really amazing value

  • But there's something that you have to remember

  • Don't eat these hot!!!

  • Let it cool for a couple of minutes and you'll enjoy them a lot more

  • Now let's look at what makes Ameyoko market unique... it starts with its past

  • The market was established after World War Two along the train line to weno as a black market for restricted or highly controlled goods

  • It started as one Street but now is spread to both sides of the tracks

  • The retro signs don't seem to have changed much over the decades

  • Merchants can yell out deals and attract people to stalls with deeply discounted products

  • At first it was sugary goods. That were very expensive during the US occupation

  • ame in Japanese means candy and this is one of the meanings of the name

  • Ameyoko but ame also comes from America meaning the goods often came from the US like sunglasses,

  • Chocolate, jewelry, Zippo lighters you can still see them sold here today

  • because nearby wano is a gateway to the city for people from Tohoku a lot of seafood from the north made its way here in the 1950s

  • Gradually, the market has changed with ethnic foods from abroad and even chaine shops

  • But the street will never lose its identity as a lively market with face-to-face communication between merchants and customers on the street

  • After dark the street shifts to restaurants more ethnic food on the menu that Japanese fare

  • Shopping in the summer can be tough. It's hot out there and the perfect street food to cool you down is a kakigori

  • They can be more complex than just ice with flavoring

  • That's awesome

  • So this is kakigori, this is an oji macha

  • Kyoto flavored kakigori you can see the green tea the onco the red bean paste they put in some milk in in there

  • So I get to kind of like a little bit of an ice cream consistency to it

  • That's really good the way that this cup is made is that as it melt and it melts super fast

  • you could put some of the

  • Green tea water or milk into this part of it and actually drink it

  • So it's kind of like the best of both worlds it's not just the kakigori

  • It's like a drink as well and that's pretty neat

  • On to more food, this is a new one originally from Korea this chain of deep-fried cheese is booming here in Ameyoko

  • None of the flavors made any sense to me deep-fried cheese, coconut, sugar, sweet spicy sauce

  • Check it out and they got all of these condiments that you can put on it hot. Chili, honey mustard cheddar cheese

  • What can the crowds be wrong? It's gotta be good

  • All right Let's try this!

  • This is really good

  • Crunchy oily cheesy tangy sweet. It's a universe of flavors and really fun to eat

  • Fruit stands here found a way to sell more fruit cut it up and put a stick through it

  • It's hard to pass up fresh melon on a stick for ¥100

  • The options are seasonal and it's the healthiest Street food here. Don't forget your vitamins and fiber

  • A unique combination can be found at this seafood stand Japanese sake and oysters

  • The shop had sake from many different areas, I got the feeling that they have a lot of regular customers after dark

  • I've never had oysters and sake before so this is gonna be a pretty interesting mix

  • But you know sake can go with just about anything even an oyster

  • This is one shot of sake dasai 50 and an oyster and he put a little bit of lemon on it

  • So he said eat it as it is. So let's give this a try first the sake

  • This is so good. It's one of the most sophisticated Street food combos I've ever eaten in Japan

  • Ameyoko's reputation as a seafood hub from Tohoku coupled with the region's love for good sake

  • Oh, man

  • What a great combination you have the oyster. You have the Sake you're in a beautiful market like this and that's like the ultimate

  • Part of the Ameyoko street food experience. There's such a wide diversity of food

  • you have takoyaki you have Kisendon you have fruits and you have

  • Seafood like this right on the street

  • Which is an amazing adventure but if you're coming to Ameyoko there's one more thing that you got to do when you come here

  • One of the most famous places on the street is this stand with a pretty sweet history

  • For the last 35 years. They've been selling discounted sweets for ¥1,000 per bag

  • Valued at more than twice that and they make it a lot of fun

  • The shop usually draws a big crowd at peak times to watch just how much stuff you can get for ¥1000 yen or about $10

  • Thank you

  • Welcome to Tokyo. And this is the last thing that you have to do when you come to Ameyoko local market

  • Do not miss this shop. It's been here selling chocolate for over 35 years

  • A long history and it's just so much fun

  • So there you have it. There's way more to see and eat here if you have the heart and stomach of an adventurer

  • Ameyoko is an authentic

  • Look at Tokyo's modern history where neighborhood is proud of its style and past and that's why I love it. People are friendly here!

  • And the food is both good and cheap

  • Always come hungry to Ameyoko

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    Adrian posted on 2019/09/08
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