A food adventure outside Tokyo Disney. Honorable Rat is expanding into uncharted territory. As a website, at least. I have always loved traveling around Tokyo, looking for good food and there were many times when I wanted to blog about my adventures, but I've always focused on Tokyo Disney, until now. Yes, I've reviewed food that's non Tokyo Disney related before, like this amazingly flavorful and spicy bowl of noodles from Nakamoto Moukotanmen, but that's it! Where is the love for the other food that I've devoured? None! I can't keep my mouth shut anymore, Ratketeer. My stomach and heart are at war with each other. Anything Disney will always have a special place in my heart and this blog will always revolve around that, but this stomach would like for me to talk about food outside the parks too.
I've recently started making videos and thought that it would be cool to take you guys on these food adventures with me. For this Honorable Snack Run, I crawled through the sewers, in a direction away from Tokyo Disney, to Ameyoko Market in Ueno. Once I exited the comfort of the Japanese sewerage system, I followed my sense of smell to Ameyoko Yatai and got myself some Xiao Long Bao.
Ameyoko Yatai serves up 3 different types of Xiao Long Bao. There's standard, crab and shark's fin. You can find Ameyoko Yatai rather easily. If you watch the video below, at the intro, you can see me pointing up to the Ameyoko sign. Just walk through that signage gate, go past the stores selling fish and you will see it on the right. It's just before the kebab stores and less than a minute walk from the gate.
Since I couldn't decide on which type of Xiao Long Bao to get, I got myself the assorted set. The assorted set comes with 2 of each (Standard, Crab, Shark's Fin) and it goes for 880 yen. The Xiao Long Bao served up in Ameyoko Yatai is quite different from what I'm used to in Singapore. In Singapore, it's steamed and the skin is rather thin, but these ones have a thicker skin and are a little fried. There's more to bite into before you get to the soup and the meat.
When it comes to eating Xiao Long Bao, I've got my technique down! Some people like putting the whole thing in their mouth, but I prefer biting a little hole into the Xiao Long Bao, sucking all that soup out before eating it whole. That's two snacks in one! A little appetizer followed by a little snack. The Honorable way!
I really liked the fillings of the standard and crab. They were really flavorful and the soup was awesome. Rich soup filled with flavor and the minced meat in them was really soft. The shark's fin was so-so. The minced meat in it was also soft, but it was not as rich and flavorful as the other two. A milder version of those two. Out of the three, my favorite was crab, followed by standard and finally, shark's fin. If you are going to visit Ameyoko Yatai, I would recommend crab or standard. Forget about shark's fin.
Overall, I liked this Xiao Long Bao set, but I prefer the steamed ones compared to these ones with the thicker skin. The steamed ones are lighter and easier on the stomach. Honestly, after finishing this set, I was quite full. This set was more of a meal than a snack. I would recommend getting four of these babies and staying away from the shark's fin Xiao Long Bao. You will need more space in your stomach for your food adventure in Ameyoko. Trust me, Ameyoko has a lot more to offer.
Honorable Rating: Don't Break Your Notes (3/5)