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  • In this video I'm gonna show you guys my favorite Japanese bento. At Don Quijote

  • So what a lot of people don't know is that Don Quijote

  • Actually has some really good Japanese bentos. A lot of people go to convenience stores or department

  • stores, but people sleep on Don Quijote when in fact

  • They have really inexpensive and affordable bentos in my opinion

  • The value is a lot better than convenience stores because of just how much you get for the price

  • So when I'm really hungry then I go to Don Quijote

  • So Don Quijote is known for having all sorts of Japanese goods

  • Some of them are larger than the other so you need to be mindful

  • The one I went to is a mega donki

  • Which just means they have everything because it is a mega donki

  • Then they have a supermarket which means they do have a deli section, which is where I got all of these lunch bento's

  • Oh and one tip for you guys. If you go there in the evening, then they sell the Japanese bentos at a reduced price

  • So for today's video we were actually planning on going to another street food area, but it started to rain the typhoon is coming

  • So we had to do something inside and therefore like what better way than to show you guys some of like my favorite

  • Indoor bento foods at Don Quijote. So that's what we're doing here

  • So if you like this video then thank the weather

  • I guess if you don't like this video then blame the weather and if you like my Tokyo shirt

  • I'm gonna leave a link below for you guys to check it out. All right, let's check out my top foods

  • of Don Quijote! Number 7 beef kalbi yakiniku. I

  • Love how it just comes with an egg and it's an onsen tamago. Meaning that it's cooked halfway

  • So it gets like really really runny. Ah

  • It's really sweet and garlicky, dip it a little bit into the egg because that's how we roll (Aw yeah, that sounds good)

  • Mmm the meat is quite tender and when you dip it in the egg

  • You get the eggy flavor in there mixed in with a like BBQ tare sauce. It's quite sweet

  • Just like a really really gooey masterpiece. To be honest, like I actually prefer this then going to the gyudon shop

  • I find meat to be more tender and I just like the sauce better and kalbi in general

  • Is a good meat, right? It's like really tender. This isn't my go-to

  • Really? I usually go for fish over meat, but I can tell this

  • will taste good,

  • because it smells good.

  • It's like, look at how-

  • How's it glistening

  • I mean the meat isn't the best in the world, but for ¥398 and this much meat

  • comes with it, it's good. I really love the tare,

  • The sauce it's like really sweet and coats the rice really well. I could just eat the sauce and rice together.

  • Number 6 Makunouchi Nori Ben. Are you all ready for this?

  • So this is a nori bento and I recommend this one because it just has a lot of different foods in it

  • It has a different like menu items. It has like a tempura shrimp, shumai, which is nice

  • It has a chicken ball, fish tartar, and then Kim pita which is a gobo root

  • It has egg

  • And and again, it has a potato and then you have rice here

  • Which is laden with some nori. You get kind of like all of it. Like it's a very Japanese type bento and comes with everything.

  • Let's just start with like the main attraction because you know

  • I don't like to mess around with stuff. Fried fish, can't ever go wrong with fried fish

  • The fish is decent, it's not like the crispiest fried fish

  • you'll ever have. It's kind of like what you expect in a bento for like this kind of fish

  • but the sauce itself, that tartar sauce is really nice and it has kind of like a like a sourness to it. Look at that shumai.

  • Basically, this is more like a Chinese dish, but for some reason you find it a lot in Japanese dishes

  • Mmm very glutinous. Yeah, I mean standard, it's very standard.

  • This is like very on par with a Japanese bento. And this is like chicken balls and it's a little bit sweet I expect

  • It's soft

  • Sometimes the chicken balls is like grisly but this one is not so grisly, it's just like pure meat. There was actually some grilled fish

  • bentos, but I decided to stay away

  • I've had it a few times and I never really liked it because I find that the grilled fish is either like too fishy for

  • me, or like just like too soggy, or I don't know. I for some reason I've never had a good experience getting the grilled fish

  • so I like never have it myself.

  • Like, this is probably like the closest I'll get to like as a Japanese side bento's. And this is Paolo's Top Seven

  • so this is not what I usually buy and especially noriben is like a

  • How do you say it's like the type of bento that never like get the shine?

  • It's always like you're wacky alcohol smokey. (P: Absorbent?)

  • No, like if it was like a drama like there's like a main person this it's like a schoolteacher

  • Yeah, like super super supporting character that like never gets on the camera

  • Like once a week or something. (P: Like you) What? I'm a sidekick! I'm more like yakiniku bento

  • The Tempura's are really good. It has a hint of like a coconut shrimp

  • But still has sweet tempura sauce on the top, it's really good. Let's see the noriben part.

  • No, the bento is called 'noriben' which indicates it is the main part.

  • No, so between rice and nori, it has

  • Bonito flakes, like I think there's like a little bit of mayonnaise

  • Yeah, so like it does have flavor

  • I would actually buy this.

  • Tuna salmon Ni-shoku don. I really enjoy

  • Sashimi, but I also love

  • Fish bowls like this. One of my favorites is negitoro and it's negitoro is kind of like a mashed up

  • Tuna, but this one is nice because it comes with

  • Negitoro, sashimi salmon, the regular maguro; your tuna, and it also comes with

  • Salmon bits like like chopped up salmon. Think we're supposed to eat this with chopstick, but maybe a spoon is fine

  • I think I put way too much wasabi on there, but oh wells

  • Mm-hmm. The negitoro is quite buttery and soft and fluffy. For some reason

  • I feel like doesn't have a lot of taste that you get in like really like nice sushi restaurants

  • So you almost want to put a lot of like soy sauce on it to like get that taste, but I still like negitoro nonetheless

  • like the fish at

  • Convenience stores, the fish at Don Quijote, is like not gonna be the freshest fish in the world like to be honest with you

  • But still, if you want, just avoid all the fried food if you want to avoid all the meat and stuff

  • it's like this is a good alternative and

  • 398 yen for all of this fish. It's quite, it's, again

  • It's as cheap as you know, some onigiris and you get all of this food

  • So this is actually what I buy on a daily basis

  • I know it's not the best but I love sushi

  • And if I go to a sushi restaurant then like if I have like one or two pieces, it goes up to this price

  • But this way you get like full sashimi pieces. They actually have different like fish combinations

  • This one's like salmon and tuna

  • they have

  • Only tuna or the only salmon so you can just go there and like choose the one that you like on the day. Itadakimasu

  • I Bought this so many times. I usually think their Salmon's a bit too oily

  • but their tuna is actually pretty good like not like super good, but like edible. Better than

  • The salmon. But I always end up buying this one...

  • Number 4

  • Unaju

  • U-NA-GI, so unagi, in general

  • It's basically grilled freshwater eel. And the opposite of that is Anago, which is like kind of the

  • opposite

  • Well, the whole other one is like opposite water so oh it's like from the moon

  • Yeah, one is freshwater one saltwater. But check this out

  • This one was like only well, I wouldn't say only, but it's 690 yen. Usually when you get unagi

  • It costs like 1,200 yen, 1,500 yen. So this is quite a good value

  • If you've never had unagi and you want to try it it usually comes with a sweet sauce on top

  • But it comes with like a brown rice in this, sometimes

  • It comes with a white rice, but in this one it comes with a brown rice

  • It comes with a tamagoyaki and it has some pickles

  • I don't know like bentos, Japanese people really love their pickles and then it comes with like this

  • Sansho, which is like uh almost like a Chinese

  • Spice, kinda gives like a numbing effect and it's a little bit spicy but not too spicy like in this sense

  • This one is not like the spiciest sansho. Let's take like the first bite

  • it's cool how they like leave the

  • Skin still on the eel so you can see like if I were just like to pick this whole thing up

  • Which I'm gonna do, you can see on the back side here

  • You can still see the skin of the uhm unagi. Take the first bite

  • Mmm, the unagi is still moist, the sauce itself, as expected, is really sweet

  • But the sansho on top of it kind of gives it like it balances out the sweetness

  • And gives it a little bit of us like a spicy kick. Overall, this is like a good unagi meal

  • I think maybe someone that's not not super hungry. This would be perfect

  • But if you're really really hungry, maybe the rice will tide you over but there's not a lot of meat

  • I just like how they give you this option at donki

  • Whereas in like a lot of convenience stores, you'll never find unagi. ¥698

  • Good deal.

  • I'm surprised how big the unagi piece is. Oh wow, it's really thick

  • Tastes different. (P: The sauce?) No, the fish. You know how unagi is usually like in your mouth, really really soft and like really oily

  • This is like a really 'tanpaku' (How do I explain 'tanpaku'). Oh, it's like light. Not light, (P: Dense?) Dense. Another word. Not dry

  • But like less oily. Oh, wow. It's like you're eating completly like different thing. I'm usually used to like really fluffy

  • Unagi versus like crispy grilled

  • Unagis are all high-class and there are two different types, crispy and fluffy and I prefer fluffy some people prefer crispy, you know?

  • (P: Which one is that?) Neither.

  • (It's a mystery) it's like I'm eating grilled fish like regular grilled fish

  • number three

  • jumbo karaage

  • This presentation would not be complete without some fried chicken from donki

  • so the difference between this fried chicken karaage and the katsu is a

  • Katsu is breaded with panko and this is breaded with a flour, to be honest

  • I actually prefer when it's breaded with flour because you get like more of a crunch. They're both good but, damn fried chicken

  • We actually came with like two options at the store one was a daikon oroshi, but I chose this yuzu. Kosho. It's like mixing

  • wasabi and like citrus together

  • I guess that's how I would explain it. Drippy drip just like that

  • Like it's just kind of like wasabi, see how like thick it is

  • Since I have like microwaved it it doesn't have that crunch that I expected which is fine

  • The meat itself is still pretty tender and juicy

  • because I've added the Kosho like you get a lot of like savoriness and so I actually

  • Prefer that I kind of like the saltiness. I could just eat fried chicken all day

  • I like how it comes with a spaghetti, mashed potatoes and again the pickles. Definitely a full meal

  • You can tell though cuz you get so much meat

  • This is like something that Maiko wouldn't be able to finish, I could definitely finish this. Good fried chicken

  • But doesn't beat Maiko mom's fried chicken

  • Yeah this, I wouldn't...buy for a lunch. Let me try Paolo's lunch. Itadakimasu

  • It's a bit, dry for me. It's not my favorite

  • Number two

  • menchi-katsu

  • In fact, there's so many fried foods at Don Quijote

  • I like the menchi-katsu, the aji fry, and the fried chicken. Unfortunately I just can't eat all of them today

  • So I wanted to choose my favorite and I don't know, see the thing is I actually liked the fried chicken

  • I liked the aji fry probably is like my least favorite out of the three, but I would say depending on my mood