Tsujiki Fish Markets is one of the world’s biggest wholesale fish and seafood markets – there were many rumors circulating prior to our departure that this market was since closed off to the public after foreigners caused too much interference with actual business. Luckily, while we were there the restaurants were still open to the public and we managed to taste the absolute best of Japanese seafood. To truly experience its true nature, I was told to be there by 4am and be dressed appropriately for the smell and wetness; but true to our group’s nature, 4am was too much too ask for on a leisure holiday.
Grilled salmon and rice
Eel, shredded egg and rice
Salmon roe and rice
So at 1pm, we trekked in the rain to find some seafood goodies. The streets are still lined with locals eating fresh fried and grilled seafood and sushi, many sitting on little stools by the edge of the pathway as it is rude to walk and eat in Japan. Luckily, we had a friend who was a local and found a restaurant tucked away in the alley that were willing to cater for 11 people. My dish tasted fresh, but as per usual. I sampled the eel with shredded egg and absolutely fell in love. The eel was fresh, well flavoured with a light sauce and most importantly boneless.
A definite must do while in Japan – and the earlier the better! Tsukiji Market is above Tsujiki Shijo Station on the Oedo Subway line. The closest JR station is Shimbashi, where it is a 15 minute walk.