Monday, December 4, 2017

Vege China in Shinjuku

VEGE CHINA

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Fancy department store Chinese noodles?

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Most upscale department stores in Japan have a restaurant floor up high. The food ranges from upper-end casual to lower-end gourmet, and I am sure there are some gems out there. To be honest, I don't spend much time shopping at the likes of Isetan, Matsuyama, and Mitsukoshi. On the off chance I find some fashion I am in to, the price is never something I would spend. Six hundred dollars for that fashion t-shirt, I just can't do it.

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The reason I was up in Shinjuku Isetan this day, though, was for a popup kakigori shop. Kakigori is Japanese shaved ice, and I've been trying to figure out why people are so obsessed with it.

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This one was topped with mango, an earl grey spumante (the popup was from a famous tea supplier), and fresh passion fruit. Did we really need the gold leaf? I guess that's why this cost over $20. Scratch what I said about blowing large amounts of cash.

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Kakigori alone doesn't really fill you up, so I headed to the neighboring Chinese restaurant for a bowl of their seasonal cold noodles. Cold tantanmen is a thing in Tokyo, and most Chinese restaurants come up with their own seasonal version. It usually consists of a lot of toppings.

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VEGE CHINA uses plenty of fresh veggies in all of their dishes, and the tantanmen follows suit. All in all it was decent. Nothing outrageous, just a quick post-shaved ice snack to get the day started.

If anyone knows any amazing tantanmen that is hiding at a Chinese restaurant, please let me know so I can try it.

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東京都新宿区新宿3-14-1
Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-13-1
Closest station: Shinjukusanchome

Open 11:00-22:00

1 comment:

  1. When I was tantanmen hopping way back in the day I remember Bikaen in the underground of Shimbashi being quite good.

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