日本語 | English | 简体中文 | 繁體中文

Enjoying Asakusa: Hakone Beer and Kamaboko!

2016.09.03

rd850_hakonebeer

Finding good fortune, and making connections in Asakusa

 Asakusa is a spot in Tokyo famous among tourists and locals alike, and it hosts a full program of summer events. 

 This summer is no different, with many people visiting to get a sense of Japan. However, Japanese summer is hot... no seriously, it's really hot. While seeing the sights is obviously a must, you'll soon find yourself looking for food and drink to help you cool down, and that's where today's suggested spot "Suzuhiro Kamaboko Asakusa Branch" comes in. 

rd500_gaiken.tikuwa

 Not far from Sensō-ji Temple, round the back of the Asakusa public hall lies a large "chikuwa" (a hollow tube shaped fish cake). Sitting on the shop's bamboo bench, you can eat freshly cooked "Fuku chikuwa" and "Cooled Oden" among others. Best of all, you can wash them down with draft "Hakone Beer". 

 "Hakone Beer" is a local beer brand brewed by the renowned Kamaboko (Traditional "fish sausage") maker Suzuhiro, using the famous "Hakone Hundred Year Water" in the process.  The beer has an impressive set of awards under its belt, having won the Asia Beer Cup eleven years running, and taking first place in the 2016 Brewer's Cup Pilsner Division, along with other great reviews. Matching perfectly with the grilled chikuwa and oden, this is  a Japanese taste combination you can't experience anywhere else. 

 The concept of the shop has been summed up as "Find good fortune, and make connections". In line with this, a variety of little pleasures have been prepared. 

rd850_yakitikuwa
A tasty test of luck with freshly grilled "Fuku Chikuwa"

First, what you absolutely have to try is this shop's piping hot "Fuku Chikuwa". Its grilled aroma is mouthwatering. 

 As mentioned, "Chikuwa" is a type of fish cake, but what does the "Fuku" park mean? The character "福" (Fuku) essentially means "good luck / fortune". Once you finish eating the Fuku Chikuwa, if you see this character printed on the bamboo in the centre it means you've hit the jackpot. You'll be presented with a stylish and original "Suzuhiro handkerchief". Fuku Chikuwa; A delicious little gamble. 

Next page《"Chilled Oden" using a dashi jelly》