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Summer eating in Japan

kersizm Jul 5, 2010 04:38 PM

Hi all...

When I have previously been in Japan, I've only been to Japan during the Autumn and Winter. I'm travelling there this time in late August/early September.

One of my Japanese friends who does a lot of fishing suggests that the Anago and Aji are very good eating at this time.

Are there any other dishes/restaurants/ingredients that chowhounders recommend in the hot weather?


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    ramenking Jul 11, 2010 06:52 PM

    If you can find a place where to eat cold somen noodles, it's a very simple and refreshing summer food.
    In some places it's eaten in river streams or long halved bamboo with running cold water. In my house, my wife will simple serve it on ice in a simple bowl. You dip your noodles in a dipping sauce and enjoy.

    Okayama peaches are indeed delicious and filthy expensive. Japanese grapes have a very distinct taste and the local peels them since the skin is thicker than our grapes back home.

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      prasantrin Jul 11, 2010 06:45 AM

      If you'll be in Kyoto, you could try hamo. I don't find it very interesting, but it's a special summer thing.

      I agree on the fruits--peaches, cherries if still available, etc. It may be too early for figs, but if you can find some, try them. I love Japanese figs.

      Somen is one of my favourite summer foods. Hiyashi udon, hiyashi soba, etc. are also very common summer dishes.

      And don'f forget stuff like warabimochi, kakigori, and all those delicious summertime treats!

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      1. re: prasantrin
        jem589 Jul 15, 2010 06:40 PM

        Yeah, hamo cooked and chilled with plum sauce. It's worth seeing / trying once, especially if you can watch the chef cutting the bones.

        What about unakyu, eel with cucumbers in sauce?

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        deraumai Jul 11, 2010 05:05 AM

        By then sanma should be available- salt-grilled is the regular way to enjoy this oily fish, but it's also quite good as sashimi or sushi.

        As for fruits, by September the Japanese pear season will be underway and those pears are awesome.

        1. FourSeasons Jul 6, 2010 12:57 AM

          Ayu, unagi, uni from Tokushima....

          1. dingaling Jul 6, 2010 12:23 AM

            Definitely do a beer garden...

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            1. re: dingaling
              lost squirrel Jul 9, 2010 01:03 AM

              seconded - the food isn't often the best but the atmosphere is well worth it.

              1. re: lost squirrel
                kersizm Jul 9, 2010 02:08 AM

                Any specifically that either of you recommend?

                1. re: kersizm
                  dingaling Jul 9, 2010 02:42 AM

                  iv'e only been to one so far believe it or not...its the one near the Yakult's stadium..in the meiji park area....

                  1. re: kersizm
                    Robb S Jul 9, 2010 07:31 AM

                    The Lumine Est Beer Garden in Shinjuku station is doing chicken BBQ this year: <http://www.lumine.ne.jp/est/shopinfo/...>

                    They usually have a nice atmosphere.

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                yumyumyumyum Jul 5, 2010 07:30 PM

                since you got some suggestions on fish from a fish lover, i would like to give you some info on fruits because i am a fruits lover.
                during that season, i very much recommend kyoho (grapes) and hakuto (peaches). they are a bit pricy but so tasty. i hope you would try them:)



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