Have you ever heard of Izakaya – the casual Japanese pubs where people hang out after work? As visitors should try tapas when visiting Spain, drinking at Izakaya is one must-do activity when you travel to Japan.
Entering the restaurant, we gathered around the “kitchen” on the little chairs and observing the “performance” of the chef.
Some guests were sitting at the next tables drinking and talking already, even though it was only around 6 pm at the time.
Back to our “kitchen,” the chef started selecting different types of seafood and vegetables to grill on the charcoal.
Some samples of fish, oysters, shrimp were grilling when we chose our drinks.
It felt like gathering around the campsite and grill food on the campfire. The chef then gave each of us some dishes to enjoy with our drinks.
The seafood was fresh and tasty, and it was interesting to observe this cooking style.
After finishing our grills, it was time to try some Oden.
Leaving the small alleys full of izakaya, we walked into a building with lots of little bars on the ground floor. Passing bakery shop, sake bars, and others, we reached the standing bar Oden.
I hadn’t been to a standing bar restaurant without chairs before, so it was a new experience.
According to my tour guide, no chairs would make customers eat faster within 30 minutes so the restaurant could sell more to more customers.
What is Oden?
Oden (おでん) is a Japanese one-pot dish consisting of different ingredients such as fishcake, boiled eggs, Atsuage (deep-fried tofu), vegetables. Instead of using miso soup, Oden soup is made from Dashi soup stock.
Just entering, I could recognize the fresh and tasty smell of Oden. The owner gave us a big smile and instructed us to stand.
The place was quite small, so our group filled up quickly. We then selected the dishes and got served immediately.