Macchan, ShinOkubo (味ちゃん 新大久保)

Hello world! Been some time since I got the chance to sit down and do some proper writing. The last 2 weeks of December (commitments in Singapore) and the first week of January (Japan new year) had been a hectic time for me so I barely have time to be close to my laptop. Anyway, hopefully I would get some time to do some proper writing the next few weeks before my time with Waseda is over where I am plagued currently with lots of end of semester exams and presentations. We would see how it goes =)

Autumn has come and go
From this photo, you would know how much backlogged entries I have 😛 Autumn had passed and we are really entering into Winter in Japan now. Temperatures has been hovering around 1-8 degrees the past week and with the Arctic blast I don’t think that the low temperatures is going to go up any time soon.

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My first visit to ShinOkubo where it is kinda like the Korean town in Tokyo.

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streets filled with Korean shops selling food to cosmetics to Kpop posters. Anything relating to KOREA, come here!

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You would just see faces of the Korean pop stars plastered all over the shops.

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I am not too into Kpop but I am definitely much in Korean food, especially SPICY food. Sushi san brought me to this place called Macchan where they are famous for the 2cm thick 3 layer fat pork. They also have recommendation of the food popular with the guys vs the gals.

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We didn’t get the thick cut pork the first time we were there but we did get that the second time we went. (yup, we went to the same place about 1 month later when we had friends visiting) Yes, the thick cut pork is much much better. More juicy and fatty and definitely more texture when you bite into it.

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Soon dobu chigae and chap chye to satisfy my Korean food craving.

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The staff would help with the BBQ-ing

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What amazed me was this! The grill tray was placed in a slant manner with a mouth at the edge of the tray where a small metal dish was placed below it. This was where the oil would slide down during the cooking. Genius!

Address:味ちゃん東京都新宿区百人町1-3-20 メゾンソワイエ 1F

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