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Favorite Japanese Comfort Food?

During my Nov. trip, I plan to gorge on:

ramen
okonomiyaki
takoyaki
omurice
yakisoba
nabe
oden

Any other suggestions?

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  1. do you count tonkatsu?

    1. soba
      tonkatsu
      hokke
      rafute
      yakitori/yakiton
      kinme (not sure if it'll be in season)
      kushiage
      sukiyaki

      I've more than likely missed many others.

      1. nikujaga

        1. Atsuage Dofu

          1. buta no kakuni
            sake no harasu-yaki
            oufuu curry

            1. sesame tofu (gomadofu)

              it is made out of sesame instead of soy. and you eat it with sweet miso paste.
              flavorful, chewy, and it almost tastes like some sort of desert.
              the japanese monks still making them so try some of them. koyasan is very famous.
              i believe you can get them from amazon, how convenient:)

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              1. re: yumyumyumyum

                BTW, gomadofu is also available in grocery stores, although it might not be made by monks.

              2. Nama kaki (from Hiroshima)
                Kaki fry
                Buri teri
                Kaisen nabe
                Oden tamago
                Kaki (the fruit)
                Matsutake or other mushroom tempura
                Shirasu tempura (a little early though)
                Negitoro don
                Katsuo tataki
                Big think buttered slices of shoku pan
                Kakiage

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                1. re: Silverjay

                  Forgot to mention the caveat that most of these are specific to November.

                2. Sukiyaki
                  Shabu shabu
                  Kinmedai shabu shabu
                  Yakiniku
                  Sumiyaki
                  Harumonyaki
                  Ankonabe
                  Kuenabe
                  Motsunabe
                  Curry udon
                  Japanese pasta

                  1. miso nikomi udon
                    ton jiru
                    seki han
                    curry udon
                    yu-dofu
                    buri daikon

                    1. Oh and Chawanmushi.

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                      1. re: Jennalynn

                        chawanmushi is my favorite too.

                        1. re: yumyumyumyum

                          is there anywhere that you would specifically recommend for it?

                          1. re: davew666

                            The two best chawanmushi I had in Tokyo:
                            1. Nabura's sharkfin chanwanmushi.
                            2. Azabu Kadowaki's squid ink powder with crab chawanmushi, though this is part of the kaiseki menu so I am not sure if it can be ordered on ala carte basis.

                            1. re: FourSeasons

                              interesting. i wonder what they will think if i just order that?

                              1. re: davew666

                                You want to go to a kaiseki restaurant and just order the chawan-mushi? Apart from the fact that most kaiseki places do not do a la carte, this is like going to a top French restaurant and just ordering the amuse-bouche - would likely not go down well.

                                1. re: Asomaniac

                                  ok, was not aware what sort of restaurant it was.

                      2. kinki or kinmedai nitsuke
                        saba or sanma shio
                        goya chanpuru
                        kamameshi
                        gindara saikyo-yaki
                        jidori baitan mizutaki
                        tan shio (yakiniku)
                        yaki onigiri w/ikura & shirasu
                        tonsoku yaki (豚足焼)
                        Ishikari Nabe
                        ika-mentai yaki

                        1. Katsu sandwich, oden, sakana no nitsuke, sanma/saba shioyaki, saba misoni, hambaagu, menchi katsu, omu raisu (omu hayashi even better), hayashi rice, onigiri (yaki onigiri), curry, somen, ten-don, oyako-don, katsu-don, moro-kyu, ika-natto, yosenabe, yudofu, mizutaki, okonomiyaki, nasu dengaku, kara-age, unagi no kabayaki, shiokara, niku-jaga, kabocha soboro ankake, tamago-yaki, aji-furai, gyoza, nikuman, kimpira gobo, oshitashi, chirashi zushi, takikomi gohan, mentaiko spaghetti, nira tama, mabo nasu, hiyashi chuka, kureemu-shichuu (cream stew), potato salad, melon-pan, shio-ramen, osekihan, inari zushi, oshiruko (zenzai), imagawayaki, ochazuke, tonjiru, sukiyaki, buta shogayaki, gyu-don, mitarashi dango, tamago-gohan, hijiki no nimono, chikuzen-ni, buri daikon, udon, misoshiru, tsukemono, takoyaki, ohagi, soba, korokke (croquettes), ebi-furai, kasutera, kare-pan, guratan, futomaki, anpan...

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                          1. re: E Eto

                            Kuri okowa?

                          2. Going to Denny's & Royal Host restaurants
                            (i.e., Japanese diners) for yoshoku-like
                            comfort food.