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Category: Japanese Food

Suzukien: 7 Levels of Matcha Goodness

If you are a lover of matcha, then Asakusa’s Suzukien should definitely be on your list. Not only they offer various teas but recently in 2016 they have collaborated with Nanaya – a brand that specializes in sweets. Today, you can enjoy your matcha in a whole new level. Scaling their matcha gelato from No. 1 (mildest) to Premium No. 7 (STRONGEST in the world), you will surely have the best matcha gelato experience ever, just like me.

Located just a few minutes from Asakusa Station, access to the shop is pretty easy. However, the shop is nearby the well-known Sensoji Temple so one would expect a long queue. But apparently the shop and the waiting area is separated as indicated in a map outside the shop. Just be patient in following the direction though. My friends and I got nearly lost looking for it. Better take a photo of the map (always a wise choice) before going to the waiting place.

Once you are at the waiting area, you will be welcomed by their staff and they will put your name on the waiting list which for our part took almost thirty minutes to be called.

Seats and free tea and water are available for customers while waiting. I guess queuing in Japan is certainly convenient since services are provided quickly so you rarely get bored waiting. So, once your name or number is called just like what we got since we are foreigners, they will hand out ID pass which will be used to enter the shop. Now, you are set to go back and have that matcha you love to try.

Getting in the shop was for me very overwhelming. You will be greeted by those tempting color gradation of matcha which is literally mouth watering. The level starts from the left labeled as level 1 up to the farthest right which has the darkest shade labeled as level 7 which is the strongest matcha ever. I felt like wanting to have a taste of every flavor displayed in the freezer . Besides the different level of matcha, they also have other gelato flavors offered to balance the taste of the matcha.

Their menu shows the choices you can have for your matcha. My palate made me choose a combination of the lightest shade No. 1 and intensely-flavored matcha No. 7. The mild flavor of number one balanced the premium strong number seven. You can taste the sweetness of the milk, texture was soft and of course with a slightest kick of that number seven flavor.

Also, you can choose either a cup or a cone.

Whether you are a matcha lover myself or someone with a sweet tooth, then this one is for you.

Top Yakitori Choices

Yakitori

Grilling food over charcoal simply reminds me a lot of my country knowing that growing up I’ve always love eating pork barbeque. But certainly that yearning to taste that salty smoky flavor isn’t a problem here in Japan. Their version is definitely one of the best I’ve tried so far. They call it Yakitori, grilled chicken skewers cut in small bite sizes. They use all parts of the chicken from the skin to the internal organs so no parts get wasted. It is then seasoned with either salt (shio) or sauce (tare) for customer’s preference. However, I love both. Local Japanese and even foreign tourists enjoy Yakitori with an ice cold beer which obviously take all the stress away after a tiring day at work. So, it’s a delightful treat for salary men (business men) and it comes with a reasonable price and others may cost roughly around 200 yen. Good news for those who are on a tight budget.

This Japanese cuisine has certainly been well-known not just for its taste but the overall satisfaction it provides to the customers. Here are the famous types of Yakitori you can surely enjoy when visiting Japan.

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