Ate happily ever after

Last Nov. 24, Michelin announced the “MICHELIN guide Tokyo Yokohama Kamakura 2011″.
Tokyo became the world’s gastronomic capital with a total of 14 three-starred restaurants.
Paris came in second with 10? three-starred establishments.

What are Michelin stars?

One star signifies a very good restaurant
Two stars signify excellent cooking that is worth a detour
Three stars signify exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey

Until now, I haven’t written anything about food, so let me write one now.
Btw, the Michelan info above is just an FYI and has nothing to do with any of the foods I will be introducing.
Although Yokohama area was included in the survey, not one restaurant in Chinatown was given any stars.

Last Nov. 27, I went to Yokohama with my gf.
We searched for a restaurant that offers Shanghai Crab (上海蟹).
Maybe it was a little bit late for the season because only a few restaurants have them on the menu
but nevertheless there are still some restaurants that are selling them. We went to a not so expensive place.
Shanghai crabs are not big, the size is just about 8cmx4cm. The male crab costs 1900yen while the female crab costs 2100yen.

Why is the price different?
It’s because the female crab has more “miso” in the belly and it’s the most delicious part of a crab.
At first we talk a lot but when we started eating the crabs,
we work so hard in getting the meat that we stopped talking and just concentrate on eating.
It took around 2 hours from start to finish, including other dishes.

Since this is all about food, I’ll just jump into what’s next and skip the non-food related talk.
Next was yaki-man (焼きまん)from a stall. Bought 4pcs for 600yen.
The difference with ordinary manju is that both top and bottom part are grilled
to make it crispy on the outside just like the bottom part of yaki-gyoza.
Sorry because I was hungry, I forgot to take the picture first before eating.

Next was rice porridge (お粥)、the restaurant was small but it was one of the rare places that specialize in rice porridge.
There are lots of different types of porridge in the menu.
But all look the same when served (rice porridge with onion leaf and fried bread on top).
It’s because the other ingredients are heavier and sink below the porridge. I ordered liver (レバー), 700yen.

After eating we bought some delicacies like シュウマイ、月餅、マーラーカオ and ate happily ever after back in Tokyo.

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