A Quick Guide To Japanese Fast Food

Hola, it’s Mr. Wada on duty. Got no time for lunch? Or you are craving but in a budget? Both applies to me! (crap) Here’s a list of reasonable Japanese restaurants. You could say Japanese fast food!

As usual, rating is all based on my own point of view.

1. Gyu-don

Gyu-don has always been the most popular Japanese fast food.

Gyudon (Wikipedia)

“Gyu” means beef and “don” means rice bowl. Yoshinoya, Sukiya, Matsuya are the biggest chains. fastfood_01

(Photo credit: Hajime NAKANO)

Mostly sizes come by Shou (small), Nami (regular/medium), Ohmori (large). Even “Mega mori” (needless to explain right?) is available at Sukiya. A regular size Gyu-don mostly costs 270-300 yen. Quite cheap, isn’t it?

Tip: If you’d like to have extra soup in your Gyu-don, add “Tsuyu-daku” to your order.
Example, “Gyu-don Nami, Tsuyu-daku” for medium Gyu-don with a lot of soup. I’d prefer regular though.

These places used to be more for guys but their efforts (marketing) of such a long-time has resulted more female customers today. Time has changed.

Matsuya serves breakfast from 200 yen and other places also serve similar. For me it’s the place to go in the morning while traveling. I can’t recall if I’ve experienced a long line-up for Gyu-don. It’s normally quick and cheap!
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Breakfast at Matsuya

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2. Katsu-don

By the way, “YA” means store, so many store names (even other than restaurants) come with “YA” at the end. If you have heard of Tonkatsu (Ton=pork, Katsu=cutlet), there is a well-known place called Katuya that serves Tonkatsu on rice (Katsu-don) from 500 yen. If you aren’t in a budget, you should try “Hire”?(fillet) Katsu-don, a higher grade of Tonkatsu. It’s way more tender and yummier.

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This place always gives away coupons for 100 yen discount for a NEXT TIME. Note: The coupon expires in a month! How evil! (I usually miss it) Katsuya often gets busy. Perhaps not the best place for very last minute lunch time.

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3. Udon

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Udon could be the quickest. I just picked this bowl of Udon noodles at the counter, paid, then threw it into a hot water myself, strained and poured Udon soup (again myself). It’s sorta DIY (we call it “Self Udon”). I may tell you how it is like another time.

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4. Ramen

I suppose I don’t need to explain what this is. In average, it costs like 600-700 yen though some places serve cheap ramen from 400-500 yen. It quite depends. It’s definitely one of the foods you should try in Japan. The more popular the ramen place is, the busier. It’s hard to say. We wanna good stuff but don’t wanna line-up. Yeah, dilemma.

Japanese Fast Food: Ramen

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Other options (not Japanese but reasonable)

Family restaurants as I mentioned in another entry. “Fami-res” offers great deals as well. Lunch is especially cheap. One I know of (because there’s one near work) serves “Today’s Lunch” deal for about 400 yen (main dish and bread/rice). Again, I wouldn’t say it’s super great but it’s always been helpful for emergency.

Convenience Stores

You may think convenience stores might cost you lesser than at any restaurants, but like a Japanese quote says “Many a little makes a mickle”, grabbing a bunch of cheap stuff at convenience stores would end up cost you as much as it would at restaurants. It’s tricky.

Enjoy your meal

Lemme know how you find them. They are always waiting for busy bees who have only a minute for a meal! Opps, Running out of time. I’ve got to go grab something….See you around!

Related links

Recipe
https://the-wadas.com/easy-tonkatsu-recipe/

Guide to Sushi Restaurant in Japan

5 Great Japanese Convenience Store Services


5-Minute Exercise for Firmer Body

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Spring is just around the corner and I’m very excited about it. Picnic, food and flowers – can’t wait for it! But before that, I have to get back on exercising. After months of being lazy to move in this cold weather, I’m am facing with an extra weight and muscle loss – again. My weight is still on a safe zone, but having a flabby stomach is something that can no longer be ignored.

Slow Training - belly fat modelSomething like this or maybe even more. You already get the idea.

So now I’m on a mission to start an exercise routine to get rid of it and gain more muscle strength. With this in mind, I looked back to the episode of “Tameshite Gatten” TV show which featured an exercise how to get rid of flabby waist and arms through slow training – exactly what I needed.

5-Minute Exercise For Firmer Body

Now let’s go right into the details. Here are the three exercises to help us resolve our problem. All three might be already familiar to you and you might have tried already but by applying the concept of “slow training” – to perform each move slowly – we’ll get better result.

Slow Squat (10 times)

(Same steps with the regular squat but with slow training concept – to move slowly)

1. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart and your toes pointing slightly out.
2. For a span of 4-5 seconds, slowly lower your buttocks back down until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Try not to let your knees extend past your toes.
3. Stand up slowly and stop just right before completely straightening your knees, slightly bent.
4. Repeat steps 2-3 for 10 times.

(Exhale when your body is moving and inhale on stop.)

Slow Hip Raise (10 times)

(Same steps with the regular squat but with slow training concept – to move slowly)

1. Lie down facing up. Bent your knees, try to get your heels close to your buttocks as much as possible.
2. For a span of 4-5 seconds, slowly raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your knees.
3. Now, slowly lower your hips and stop just right before your butt touches the floor.
4. Repeat steps 2-3 for 10 times.

(Exhale when your body is moving and inhale on stop.)

Slow Push-up (10 times)

(Same steps with the regular squat but with slow training concept – to move slowly)

1. Place your hands and knees on the floor.
2. For a span of 4-5 seconds, slowly lower your body as far as you can or until your nose is almost touches the floor.
3. Slowly push your body back up with your hands. Do not straighten your elbows completely.
4. Repeat steps 2-3 for 10 times.

(Exhale when your body is moving and inhale on stop.)

There it is, the three types of exercise that will help us to firm our stomach and arms. At first, it might take more than 5 minutes to complete all three but as you get used to it, you’ll get through it smoothly. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t make it right on your first try. I have tried it before and push-up was my weakness. It only means my arms are just too weak and definitely needs to be trained.

So guys, are you going to join me with my new mission? Let’s try this together and let me know how it works for you. I’ll keep you updated.

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