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Hirugao @ Tokyo, Japan

During our 1 week vacation in Japan, we ate a lot of food – some familiar and some not so familiar. One of the question I get asked the most is how do you order food in Japan when you don’t know any Japanese? The answer? Lots of finger-pointing at menus & fake food displays! 😛 Many restaurants have the most beautiful fake food displays in the storefront. Many of the real food are also very beautifully displayed too. Anyway, I will try to write about some of the food that we tried in Japan.

After a smooth ride to from Narita Airport to Shinjuku Station, we ended up in probably one of the most confusing station that I have ever been! It has more than 200 exits and at least 36 platforms. Apparently more than 3.6 million people use this station everyday! After some time of confusing wandering and lots of u-turns, we finally find ourselves in Lumine Est, a shopping centre connected to the East Exit of Shinjuku Station. The 7th and 8th floor of Lumine Est are restaurant floors which means our happy place!

Since it was our 1st meal in Japan, it just seems right to start off with Ramen. We found a little ramen store at the corner of the 7th floor – Hirugao ( ???? )

We had:

Tsukemen – Ramen that is eaten after dipping in sauce. Surprisingly good! The texture of the noodle is not what I am used to. It’s a little chewier than the normal ramen.


Shio Ramen – salt-based ramen. Simple but satisfying

and of course, gyoza (pot stickers).

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