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Updated: March 22, 2022
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While Tokyo's monjayaki is not as well-known abroad as Osaka's okonomiyaki, the dish inspires heated regional rivalries in Japan. Residents of the two cities frequently fight over which is better. If you have yet to try monjayaki, Tsukishima Monja Street is worth a visit.
The charming street is lined with over 80 restaurants specializing in monjayaki. Find one that appeals to you and head inside. Though the dish itself might not look particularly tasty, take a bite, and you'll quickly realize why monjayaki is so popular in the area.
Monjayaki is made from a flour-based batter with cabbage and ginger combined with a selection of octopus, shrimp, cheese, and other toppings. Upon ordering a dish, you'll be presented with a bowl of batter and a separate bowl of ingredients. Oil the pan and spread out the ingredients. Once things are thoroughly sizzling, create a donut-shaped hole in the center, pour in the batter, then begin swiftly mixing the batter and ingredients towards the center of the pan, as the liquid slowly firms up. In a few minutes, you'll have a large, flat pancake, which you can cut up and enjoy using the spatula.
Tsukishima Monja Street is located on Tsukishima, an island constructed on reclaimed land in 1892. Consider a visit to the nearby neighborhood of Kiyosumi Shirakawa before exploring Tsukishima Monja Street, where you'll find modern art and chic cafes.
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