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5 Must-Try Tokyo Foods Of The Kanto Region

Updated: Sep 7, 2022

Japan is famous for many popular dishes and like most countries, there are plenty of authentic local foods or regional cuisines that you can try. In this article, we'll share 5 of our favorite dishes from the Kanto region (Tokyo metropolitan area and seven surrounding prefectures) that you've probably never heard of.

1. Monjayaki

Monjayaki is a type of Japanese pancake that originates from the Kanto region. It is made with a batter of flour, water, and egg, and then it is fried in a special pan. Monjayaki is usually topped with shredded cabbage, green onions, and other ingredients, and then it is eaten with a spatula directly from the frying pan.

Monjayaki is a popular dish in Tokyo, and there are many restaurants that specialize in this dish. It is similar to the okonomiyaki from the Kansai region.


2. Chanko Nabe

Chanko nabe is a must-try food when in Tokyo. This hearty stew is traditionally made with chicken, vegetables, and noodles. It is often served at sumo wrestling matches and is said to be the secret to the wrestlers' strength, which is why chanko nabe is also called sumo hot pot.

Chanko nabe is usually cooked in a large pot over an open flame. The chicken and vegetables are simmered in a broth until they are tender. Then, the noodles are added and cooked until they are soft. Chanko nabe is typically served with rice and pickled vegetables on the side.

If you're looking for a hearty and filling meal, chanko nabe is the perfect dish to try.

Chanko Nabe

3. Unagi Don

If you're looking for a delicious and traditional Japanese dish, then you must try unagi don. This donburi (rice-bowl dish) is also called unadon. Even though this popular meal was started in Tokyo, it's not only popular in the Kanto region, but all over Japan.

Unagi don is usually made with freshwater eel that has been marinated in a sweet sauce. The eel is then grilled until it's crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. It's served over a bed of rice, and it's typically garnished with pickled ginger, nori (dried seaweed), and scallions.

Unagi Don

4. Fukagawa Meshi

Fukagawa Meshi is a rice dish that originates from the Fukagawa district of Tokyo. It is made with rice, beans, and vegetables, and is often served with fish or other seafood.

Fukagawa Meshi is a popular dish among both locals and tourists, and can be found at many restaurants in Tokyo. If you're looking to try some authentic Tokyo food, Fukagawa Meshi is a great option.

Fukagawa Meshi

5. Abura Soba

Abura soba is a beloved noodle dish of the Kanto region. The noodles are made with wheat flour served in a bit of oil. Abura soba can be served with a variety of toppings, such as pork, vegetables, and egg.

Abura soba is essentially ramen without the broth. Abura means "oil" and soba refers to the buckwheat noodles used. These noodles are anything but dry and a must-try for ramen lovers, especially those who love good noodles. There are many restaurants in Tokyo that specialize or serve this type of ramen only.

This dish is our most recommended!

Abura Soba

If you are visiting Tokyo, be sure to try all these dishes at least once! Although, you may be coming back for more.

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