March 7, 2018

*This program was first broadcast on Jan. 3, 2018

Cheap, Delicious Street Food


Tokyo may be known for high-end restaurants, but with food stalls, trucks and take-out shops, it's got plenty of reasonably-priced food too. Today we hit the street to discover delicious snacks, meals and sweets.



Neo Stall Village at Tokyo International Forum Close to 10 food trucks line up here on weekdays from 11:30 to 2, offering up a range of cuisine. Different trucks come every day, so there's always something new to discover.


Togoshi-ginza Shopping Street At about 1.3 kilometers, this famous Tokyo shopping street features over 400 shops carrying clothing, everyday goods and, of course, reasonably-priced street foods like korokke and fried chicken, allowing for a relaxed stroll perfect for foodies.


Oden Yataimura Kanda This indoor oden stall recreates a street feel, serving up classic oden items like daikon, hanpen (steamed fish paste) and ganmodoki (fried tofu cake) soaked in a unique, home-made dashi broth.


Bakudanyaki Main Store This shop serves up eight-centimeter, 200-gram, softball-size takoyaki that are crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. The filling treats contain 10 ingredients, including cabbage, corn and sausage.


Kagetsudo This shop's serves up a jumbo-sized version of the sweet bread known as "melon pan." The bread, which is fermented three times longer than average, has a unique aroma and soft texture, and up to 3,000 buns are sold each day.


Apetaito This noodle shop is famed for its "both-sides yakisoba," which were developed over a period of 20 years. Home-made yakisoba noodles are thoroughly fried for a crispy-out-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside texture that's drawn many fans.


Yaki-imo Fuji Here, you can try yaki-imo, sweet baked potatoes, from all over Japan. Each type has its own distinct flavor and texture, but they are all baked to perfection to lock in their sweetness.

Further Info

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1) Neo Stall Village at Tokyo International Forum
Address: 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
2) Togoshi-ginza Shopping Street
Address: 3-1-18 Togoshi, Shinagawa-ku
3) Oden Yataimura Kanda
Address: Okuno Bldg 3F, 1-3-7 Kajicho, Chiyoda-ku
4) Bakudanyaki Main Store
Address: 1-21-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku
5) Kagetsudo
Address: 2-7-13 Asakusa, Taito-ku
6) Apetaito
Address: 7-12-8 Takashimadaira, Itabashi-ku
7) Yaki-imo Fuji
Address: 1-7-11 Gotokuji, Setagaya-ku


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Ken Ayugai

Japan (Japanese Father & German Mother)
TV personality, Radio Dj, Narrator, Musician
When did you first come to Japan?:
Born and raised in Japan. My family moved to the States when I was 2 till I became 9, that's where I picked up my English.
What I like about Tokyo:
It's a perfect circle! You could basically get anywhere in about an hour max, and you can always discover something new in the neighborhood where you thought you knew every corner. And above all that, I guess it's the people. Sometimes they might be shy in the beginning, but once you connect, you might discover a bond like no other kind.
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