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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    *1 Hakodate: A city in Hokkaido.
    *2 Otaru: A city in Hokkaido.

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    餃子バー

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    ■Information

    GYOZA BAR Comme a paris

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    Hours:5:00PM to 11:45PM(L.O.11:30PM)

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    Tamawarai(Harajuku)

    玉笑

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    Detailed information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/19569

     

    ■Information

    Tamawarai

    Address:5-23-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

    Hours:[Tuesday~Friday]11:30~15:00(L.O.14:30)18:30~21:30(L.O.21:00)

     [Saturday]11:30~20:00(L.O.19:30)

     [Sunday]11:30~17:00(L.O.16:30)

     Holiday:Monday (If Monday is a national holiday, the next day, Tuesday will be a holiday)

    TEL:03-5485-0025

    URL:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1306/A130601/13129390/

     

     

    Moo Moo Paradise Kabuki-cho main store (Shinjuku)

    モーモーパラダイス

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    Detailed information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/24978

     

    ■Information

    Moo Moo Paradise Kabuki-cho main store

    Address: Humax Pavillion Shinjuku Kabuki-cho Bldg. 8F, 1-20-1 Kabuki-cho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

    Hours:Monday~Friday17:00~23:00(L.O.22:30)

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    Holiday:no holiday

    TEL:03-3208-0135

    URL:http://www.mo-mo-paradise.com/index.html

     

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    恵比寿

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    ■Information

    atelier Morimoto XEX

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    Shinjuku “Sushizanmai”

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    Detailed information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/34111

     

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    Sushizanmai Shinjuku Higashiguchi Store

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    Shinjuku “Hokkaido Sushi Unimaru”

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    The branch store of “Hokkaido Unimaru” where you can enjoy sushi and dishes of sea urchin opened inside of “Odakyu Ace” at Shinjuku Station’s West Exit. The set “Uni Tabekurabe” (1,800 yen) offers three kinds of sea urchins; Murasaki Uni, Bafun Uni and Ensui Uni. Accordingly, you can compare the taste of these different sea urchins. This set menu is highly recommended. You can choose either “Shiro Shari (white rice)” using rice vinegar or “Aka Shari (red rice) using red vinegar.

     

    Detailed information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/40869

     

    ■Information

     “Hokkaido Sushi Unimaru”

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    Business hours: 8:00 to 23:00

    Holiday: no holiday

    TEL:0362790148

    URL:http://www.tokyo-rf.com/restaurants/r30/index.html

     

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    ●Okra-an
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    30ml dashi
    0.5g salt
    3ml Mikawa Mirin

     

    Method

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    While the chawanmushi is cooling, we’ll make the okra-an.

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    Carrot & Cream Cheese Chawanmushi

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    Model: Misa Kimura
    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

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    The dashi that the Kyo Dashi Oinari are soaked in take up all the delicious flavour of kombu, sababushi smoked mackerel, iwashibushi pilchard, and katsuobushi dried bonito, all of which serve to add that authentic Kyoto flavour.

    Tanto Otabeyasu | ¥930 (Tax Included) *Served 6:30-10:00

    As well as Kyo Dashi Oinari, Tsurigitsune’s menu includes a line-up of dishes that celebrate the flavour of dashi, including soba, dashimaki tamago omelette, and more.

     

    If you’re travelling to Osaka, why not get an authentic Kyoto experience too by dining at Tsurigitsune?

  • Laforet Harajuku’s Midsummer Takeaway Desserts Include Cinnamoroll Goodies

    31.July.2020 | FOOD

    Eight shops inside Laforet Harajuku are participating in the shopping mall’s midsummer takeout dessert event which is taking place from August 1 to 31. This includes the new milk dessert shop “MILK MILK MILK” which opened as the first branch in Japan on July 17 this year. Desserts and merchandise of Sanrio’s popular character Cinnamoroll, who won this year’s 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking, will also be sold.

     

    café de paris | Floor B1F


    Many Many Fruits Sandwich: Mango ¥626 / Green Grape ¥561 (Tax Included) *Takeout only

    Fresh fruit is packed onto these adorable looking sweet sandwiches.

     

    CAFE CREPE | Floor 1F


    Honey Summer Orange: ¥730 (Tax Included) *Takeout only

    Another cute summer dessert finished with swirls of fresh cream, fresh orange, and a round dollop of ginger ice cream.

     

    MILK MILK MILK! | Floor 2F


    Milk Bottle Smoothie: ¥880 (Tax Included) *Takeout and have-in

    Served in a cute milk bottle, what better way to cool down than with a cool strawberry smoothie?

    Cinnamoroll Milk Pudding: ¥1,078 (Tax Included) *Takeout and have-in


    Cinnamoroll Sky Beaker Parfait: ¥1,048 (Tax Included) *Have-in only

    There are two tasty Cinnamoroll desserts to choose from, including the milk pudding made with Hokkaido milk and a parfait with a gradient or jelly and chocolate mint ice cream, topped with mint, and served in a beaker.

     

    © 2001,2020 SANRIO.,CO.LTD. APPROVAL NO.S610695

  • The Quintessential Quintuplets Get a Full Makeover This Summer For Season Two

    30.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Everybody’s favourite sister quintuplet is set to roll up to an all-new, revamped exhibition this summer. The Quintessential Quintuplets Exhibition MAKEOVER will take place at Tokyo’s Sunshine City World Import Mart Bulding in Ikebukuro from August 15 to 30 and subsequently Osaka’s Nanko ATC Museum from November 26 to December 6.


    The exhibition is taking place to promote the upcoming season season of The Quintessential Quintuplets and will feature a whole new merchandise line-up, new displays, and more. Series creator Negi Haruba has also illustrated a new visual for the exhibition.

     

    The Quintessential Quintuplets is a manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. The story follows high school student Futaro Uesugi who becomes a private tutor for the sisters of the wealthy Nakano family, all of whom have no interest in study or grades. It’s up to Futaro to change their minds.

     

    A second season of the anime series is set to air in January 2021. A mobile game is also in the works. The game is a romance comedy puzzle game whereby the player deepens their bonds with the five sisters. Players take the role of the series protagonist Futaro through an original story with new voice acting recorded for the game.

     

    ©Negi Haruba・Kodansha

  • Pikachu Ice Lollies and Frappe to Arrive at Tokyo’s Pokémon Cafe This Summer

    30.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Pokémon Cafe in Ikebukuro, Tokyo is introducing some refreshing Pikachu sweet treats  to its menu this summer, beginning on August 1.

    Pikachu Pineapple Ice Bar | ¥650 (Before Tax)

    First up on the is the tropical pineapple flavoured ice bar which comes with four different variations of Pikachu’s adorable face. There’s also two different packaging designs which come in blue or pink.

    Pikachu Tail Chocolate Banana Frappe | ¥700 (Before Tax)


    Drink Sleeve | ¥550 (Before Tax)

    For drinks, the Pokémon Cafe is serving up a chocolate banana frappe topped with Pikachu’s tail made from chocolate. The drink comes with a free sleeve of Pikachu’s chubby face.

     

    © 2020 Pokémon.©1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.

  • Starbucks Japan to Open New Branch Produced by Hiroshi Fujiwara in Miyashita Park

    30.July.2020 | FOOD

    Starbucks Japan is opening a new branch in MIYASHITA PARK on August 4, 2020. Set to be Starbucks Japan’s fifth “park” branch—opening inside a park—the new coffee shop is being produced by Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment brand.

    MIYASHITA PARK is a shopping complex filled with shops stocking high quality products, and stands as a new landmark of Shibuya. On the rooftop is the newly-arranged park area which has its own skate park, bouldering wall, and more. It’s home to all-new facilities, and there’s also the actual park where events can take place.

     

    Starbucks Coffee Miyashita Park offers a new style of Starbucks conceived from the mind of Hiroshi Fujiwara. Glass doors are fitted on both the front and back sides of the cafe, allowing for a full-open design. The flooring is coloured green, making it feel as if it has become one with the green outdoors of the park, and the same mesh used inside Miyashita Park is used for the ceiling.

     

    The cafe’s design was conceived to be a unique standout in the park, specifically with the image in mind of countries outside Japan where you walk along a lone road and eventually come to a gas station.

     

    Starbucks Coffee Miyashita Park will also sell a range of merchandise at the back of the shop, as well as Starbucks coffee beans. There’s also a glass table in the middle of the cafe which slots in nicely with the overall aesthetic. The fun design together with the expanse of the park outside adds for an enjoyable combination that makes it a pleasant stay as you sip your beverage.

    The regular line-up of merchandise sold at the Miyashita Park branch, such as the tumblers, are all produced by Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment brand. Items are branded with the word “MYST” which lets you know it’s from this particular branch, as well as Fragment’s logo.

     

    Discover a new Starbucks experience at Miyashita Park.

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