Experience Tasting Mount Koya’s Famous Sesame Tofu at ONAKA PECO PECO in Tsukiji

07.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen is a cafe located in Tsukiji, a district in Chuo, Tokyo. They serve rice balls filled with locally sourced ingredients from various locations in Japan. In the evenings, the rice balls can be enjoyed with delicious sake.

 

If you visit the cafe right now you’ll be able to try sesame tofu (goma tofu) made by the long-running restaurant Kadohama. Sesame tofu is a meibutsu―or “local speciality”―of Mount Koyo.

 

While it is possible to buy sesame tofu on Kadohama’s online store, the only places you can eat them out at is at their restaurant on top of Mount Koya or at select branches of department stores such as Mitsukoshi or Isetan. We visited ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen for a taste of this exquisite collaboration.

Mount Koya is located in the Ito district of northern Wakayama Prefecture and is home to the town of Koya. The region is encased an abundant mountainous landscape. The Japanese Buddhist monk Kūkai opened the sacred mountain around 1,200 years ago. In 2004, Mount Koya which was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004 under the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” category. It has since become a popular tourist destination with Japanese and foreign travellers alike.

 

Here is the heavenly menu lineup at ONAKA PECO PECO which is packed full of Kadohama’s sesame tofu.

There are five items which are made with the sesame tofu: an onigiri rice ball, crab soup, cold tofu, pork shabu shabu, and a drink.

Time to tuck in and try this famous food which has been enjoyed for many years!

White Vegetables & Steamed Pork Shabu w/ Koji Sesame Tofu Sauce – ¥800

This dish is garnished with a generous serving of fresh white vegetables and succulent meat. It includes lotus root, enoki mushrooms, cauliflower, and pork. It also comes with a white sauce made with sesame tofu, shio koji, and sesame oil. The sauce has a mild flavour in which you can get the full glorious taste of the tofu. It’s smooth and refreshing so is a perfect pick for the hot summer.

Sesame Tofu & Plum Cheese-Loaded Rice Ball – ¥250

This rice ball is a flavourful combination of a sesame tofu and plum paste and lots of cheese.

This fat rice ball is wrapped in paper like a hamburger. The rich taste of the tofu and cheese reduces the sourness of the plum, giving it a gentler flavour.

Sesame Tofu & Egg Crab Soup – ¥400

The soup is an amazing combination with the rice ball. It has a miso soup base filled with green onion, enoki mushrooms, and crab. The elastic-y tofu is cut into big satisfying chunks. Its rich, creamy flavour combined with the crab is to die for.

Sesame Tofu & Sweet Sake Jelly Drink – ¥350

The cute white-coloured beverage is a healthy mix of sesame tofu paste and sweet sake. It retains the pulpy texture of the tofu and the aftertaste is super refreshing.

You can order the drink for takeout so you can take a stroll around the streets of Tsukiji.

Kadohama Sesame Tofu – Eat In: ¥300 / Takeout: From ¥240

If you’re looking to enjoy the sesame tofu on its own then you’ve got to try it with either the wasabi and soy sauce or brown sugar. You can also order this to take away too. Each box contains one piece of tofu.

The cafe is also selling exclusive merchandise as part of the collaboration. The collection includes a t-shirt, sacoche bag, and cap. Each item has a simple design making them easy to incorporate into looks.

Easy access to Kadohama’s sesame tofu―which is made using traditional cooking methods that have been passed down generations at Mount Koya―can only be enjoyed at ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen. If you’re in Tokyo this summer, then take a trip to Tsukiji district to try this healthy and nutrient-packed tofu.

 

Model: Ririka Satsuki

Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Team)

Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    The room for the 2016 Fall/Winter collection takes you to Tokyo, using thousands of sequins across the walls to recreate Tokyo, a city that shines even at night. Meanwhile, the 2017 Fall/Winter room will take you all the way to space, with otherworldly creatures, aliens, and astronauts, all introduced in a Natural History Museum inspired diorama style.

    The 2018 Fall/Winter room reflects the world of an eccentric collector, with shelves covering the walls from floor to ceiling. There are countless collectors items, with cases of butterflies, cuckoo clocks, colorful plushies, and even a number of Gucci GG Marmont bags. There are even set spaces, such as the  2016 Spring/Summer campaign which was set in the toilets of a 1980’s club in Berlin and the luxurious modern villa from the “Party of a Lifetime” cruise collection campaign in 2020. Head behind the scenes and traverse deeper into this maze-like space, riding the Los Angeles subway to return to Alessandro Michele’s very first campaign in 2015 Fall/Winter.

     

     

    Lose yourself in the world of Gucci’s advertising campaigns with this immersive space!

     

    Images Courtesy of Gucci

     

  • Lottery Open to Snag ALIENS GALAXY 2021, a Sake That Traveled Through Space

    05.October.2021 | FOOD

    Want a bottle of sake that’s been to space? Liquor Innovation is opening a lottery through October 16 to snag a bottle of ALIENS GALAXY 2021, and as you would imagine the number of these items is extremely limited. 

     

     

    ALIENS GALAXY 2021 started brewing on October 1, 2005, also known as ‘Sake Day.’ Using Kochi-grown yeast and rice, this brew then spent ten days orbiting the Earth on the Russian spacecraft Soyuz. This is only the second year ALIENS GALAXY 2021 will be available, after an incredibly positive response in 2020. With a refreshingly light and dry taste, the sake is a great example of Kochi’s dry sake culture, and showing up to a party with this in hand is sure to have people talking! 

     

  • Second Tom & Jerry Cafe Opens in Tokyo and Osaka for Limited Time Only

    05.October.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    Did you know that ‘Cheese Day’ takes place every year on November 11? To commemorate this tasty holiday, the second Tom & Jerry cafe will open for a limited time in Tokyo and Osaka, selling a variety of themed goods and original merchandise. 

    Original Postcards (4 varieties), given to guests who purchase advance tickets

     

     

    Menu

    Jerry Cheese Omurice

    BOOM! Macaroni & Cheese Burger

    Rolling Meatball Pasta

    Jerry and Tuffy Tiramisu

    CHASE! Cheese Set 

    BE HAPPY Cheesecake Parfait

    Tom’s Little Cake Plate

    Jerry’s Little Cake Plate

    Tom’s Cream Soda 

    Jerry’s Cream Soda 

    Cheese Cream Tea

    Tom and Jerry Cafe Latte  

     

    Original Merchandise

    Sticker (6 varieties, random)

    Acrylic Charm (6 varieties, random)

    Acrylic Magnet (5 varieties, random)

    Acrylic Pin (5 varieties, random) / Clear Folder

    Memo Pad with Case / Tote Bag 

    Handkerchief / Mug

     

    The animated Warner Bros. series Tom & Jerry celebrated 80 years in 2020 and became a fast favorite with kids. Tom the Cat and Jerry the Mouse are the perfect slapstick duo, and even after so many decades, the two characters still have plenty of fans. 

     

    The first Tom & Jerry cafe was open from March until May 2021 to celebrate the release of the Tom & Jerry film. Due to an overwhelmingly positive response, the cafe is back with an updated menu and new goods!

     

    The new menu includes a Macaroni and Cheese Burger inspired by the bulldog Spike, Meatball Pasta inspired by the diaper-wearing Toffee, a gorgeous cheese set, and character-inspired drinks. Popular at the previous cafe, the Omurice and Tiramisu are making a comeback. The space will be decorated with tons of cute and colorful character art, so don’t miss out!

     

    TOM AND JERRY and all related characters and elements © & ™ Turner Entertainment Co. (s21)

  • Collab Exhibition Opens Featuring DANDELION PROJECT & Japan Sinks Drama Series

    05.October.2021 | SPOT

    An exhibition between the art initiative DANDELION PROJECT, formed by the creative company NAKED, and the TBS drama series Japan Sinks: People of Hope, will be held during the month of October on the first floor of Akasaka Biz Tower in Tokyo. 

     

    The DANDELION PROJECT is inspired by the idea of world peace and hopes to help transcend barriers and connect people in an increasingly divided world. This networked initiative wants to bring this change about by planting (or installing) dandelion-inspired art around the world, while it invites people visiting these dandelion exhibits to send their prayers for peace as a digital flower in real-time. The theme of ‘hope’ found in the new Japan Sinks drama fits perfectly into this exhibition. 

     

    When you see the petals of the dandelion flow through the air after being hit with a gust of wind, that means that someone from around the world caused that to happen. Due to the recent pandemic, rather than blow on cotton wool as is usually done at these exhibits, guests can hold up their smartphones to cause the same thing to happen. The DANDELION PROJECT will also be making an appearance at Tokyo Tower, Saga Prefectural Hall, and other places, so be sure to participate in this unique exhibit!

     

    DANDELION PROJECT Installations Currently Open Around Japan

    Saga Prefectural Exhibition Hall

    Tokyo Tower Main Deck

  • 2021 Halloween Sweets Collection Coming Soon to Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

    05.October.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    The pastry shop at Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel will start selling an absolutely gorgeous selection of Halloween sweets starting October 1, 2021. 

    Purple Sweet Potato Mont-Blanc (S, pictured left and right): ¥630 (Tax Included) / (M, pictured center): ¥2,700 (Tax Included)

    Chatnoir: ¥745 (Tax Included) 

    Pumpkin Pudding: ¥626 (Tax Included) 



    The sweets included in this year’s lineup are meant to bring some joy to those who have struggled during the past year of lockdown, and those who might not be able to attend their favorite seasonal events this year. In this lineup of three beautifully decorated treats, guests can bring the spirit of Halloween home. Which of these would you want to add some spooky flair to your kitchen?

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