Friday, February 04, 2005

Finding the real stuff in Yokohama's Chinatown

The Japan Times goes In search of the real flavor of Yokohama's Chukagai and finds four restaurants worth seeking out. They conveniently provide a map, too.

Here's where I would head first:

It's easy to overlook Togenton, tucked away on the side street known as Shanghai-dori. It is currently celebrating its 45th anniversary and, frankly, it does look its age. Even so, it remains one of our longtime favorites, precisely because of its homey appearance and the cramped intimacy of its few tables.

This is one of the few places in the area where you can eat Chinese style congee (kayu in Japanese) complete with you-tiao, those long, deep-fried dough sticks that are an essential part of breakfast to countless millions in Shanghai and northern China. So what if Togenton doesn't open till lunchtime? That thick, smooth, stomach-warming rice porridge still tastes just as comforting in the afternoon.


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