Saturday, August 28, 2010

Monja-yaki in Tsukishima

Last night we went to Monja street in Tsukishima Tokyo. Now the street is not really call Monja but people have nick name it this because of all the Monja-yaki resuturants in this block. You ask what is monja-yaki, you mean you don,t know let me skool you fam. Let me give you a little history lesson monja comes from the word moji which in Japanese mean alphabet ex: ka, to, so on and so for. Kids would mix water and flour and write letter on a grill, which now come the word Yaki which means to grill. Ok you say moji is different from Monja I agree word on Tokyo street is that threw time they kept saying moji yaki moji yaki moji yaki and became Monja yaki.  Doesn't make sense to me either but who am I to argue with history. Monja yaki was popular as a kids snack. I'm guessing that, that generation were the one's who open the first monja-yaki restaurant I could be wrong I have been before.

Ok on to the fun part Monja-Yaki restaurant let you cook the food yourself basically you have a grill at your table basic Monja is cabbage, flour,water, dashi (broth) and you can add ginger, pork, shrimp etc. You put all the dry stuff first and cook for 5 to 10 min.

Next you make a circle and add the sauce. Some people make bigger circle and add all the sauce I prefer to do it twice that just me.

I add again!

stir you can also add Monja sauce which I'm
 not sure whats it made from but it's good!!

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And it's done I know it looks a little gross but it's banging (nah mean)
You eat it right off the grill with a minuter spatula and that boys and girls is Monja yaki


  1. Mmmmm. Sounds good. I want to try it!

  2. Hi, I wanted to know if you are still living in Japan. We are Dominican as well and will be moving to Japan this summer.
    Thank you