An unprecedented improvement for Tokyo’s well-known specialty soul meals.
Ever because the pandemic hit Japan, fewer persons are eating out like they used to, with many selecting to eat at residence as a substitute. Eating places have been adapting to the modifications by making use of merchandising machines so their dishes could be obtainable to diners at any time of the day or evening, and the newest specialty to seem by way of the automated supply system is a Tokyo specialty known as monjayaki.
Like okonomiyaki, the well-known “savoury pancake” from Osaka, monjayaki is a batter-based specialty that’s grilled on a hotplate. Though it accommodates the identical principal substances as okonomiyaki, it’s ready and eaten in a really totally different method.
▼ Okonomiyaki is formed into mounds and eaten with a fork like a pancake.
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▼ Monjayaki is flattened on the grill and eaten from the hotplate with a small metallic spatula.
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The most effective place to eat monjayaki is in Tokyo’s Tsukishima neighborhood, the place you’ll discover “Monja Road“, a complete road stuffed with eating places specialising within the grilled dish. Now, there’s a brand new vendor on the road – the “Frozen Monja Merchandising Machine“, which made its debut this summer season, promoting 4 totally different types of monjayaki.
The 4 varieties obtainable are:
▼ Mentaiko Mochi Monja, which comes with mochi rice items and a big mound of mentaiko (Alaskan Pollock roe) fastidiously chosen from Tokyo’s Toyosu fish market.
▼ Wagyu Tendon Curry Monja, which accommodates fastidiously simmered Yonezawa Beef and a particular mix of curry powder.
▼ Gomoku Monja, an “old style” monjayaki, containing a mixture of greens, meat and fish, which is beloved by kids and adults alike.
▼ And the Squid Ink Monja, which accommodates rice and a cream-based broth to create a risotto-like dish.
Operated by the pinnacle department of the Tsukishima Monja Okoge restaurant, situated in Tsukishima, the brand new merchandising machine permits clients to copy the expertise of eating on the restaurant within the consolation of their very own houses.
▼ All monja substances are offered frozen, in servings for 1.5 folks, and embody two metallic spatulas.
The restaurant trialled the packs quite a few instances to make sure the serving dimension, and the scale of the chopped substances, could be an ideal match for warm plates used at residence.
Every pack comes with directions on tips on how to prepare dinner the monjayaki, and the restaurant has additionally uploaded a video to YouTube exhibiting precisely tips on how to prepare dinner their frozen meals, from begin to end.
With every pack priced from 1,300-1,500 yen (US$11.84-$13.66), the merchandising machine is a good choice for guests exterior of Tokyo searching for a particular memento, and monja lovers within the metropolis can now get their repair of Tokyo’s native “soul meals” each time they’ve a yearning for it.
For those who’re extra of a ramen fan, although, there are a few new vending machines the place now you can get restaurant-quality noodles, and don’t overlook there’s additionally an unstaffed gyoza store that’ll feed your cravings for dumplings at any time of the day or evening!
Frozen Monja Merchandising Machine / 冷凍もんじゃの自動販売機
Handle: Tokyo-to, Chuo-ku, Tsukishima 1-21-6