Thursday, June 13, 2013

Chasing Sakura - Japan (5) - Kanazawa: Omicho Ichiba (近江町市場)

Similar to Nishiki-Ichiba (錦市場) in Kyoto and Kuromo-Ichiba (黑門市場) in Osaka, Omicho Ichiba (近江町市場) is the fresh market in Kanazawa.  It's always fun to visit fresh markets at a new city, we loved it so much we went there 2 days in a row.

The market is conveniently located near Musashi no Tsuji (武藏之辻), about 20 minutes by walk from our hostel.  It's larger than Nishiki but smaller compared to Kuromo.  The produce is fresh and the selection is huge.  We didn't buy any produce but we tried a variety of snacks - from fresh fruits to seafood for sashimi.   it's a feast to the eyes as well as the tummy!


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Normally cooked crabs are orange but these I don't know...
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Can you imagine eating a whole box of these by yourself?
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So fresh!  And the best part?  It doesn't smell!
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still smoking?
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These are my favorite!  Perfect when grilled over charcoal.
Too bad I didn't get any as I don't think they would last in my suitcase :(
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Dazzling!

***眼花獠亂***
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The beans we had at the izakaya in Kyoto!
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We bought strawberries from a few different stalls
Although prices are comparable, some of them still taste better than the others!
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The strawberries from this store were the best!
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Pet fish???

One of our mission in Kanazawa is to indulge in the cheap and delicious sushi / sashimi.  Omicho did not disappoint and we had a hard time deciding on the restaurant we wanted to try!  We ended up going to Ji mono-tei (じもの亭) and Mori Mori Sushi (もりもり寿し 近江町店) for lunch and tried various kinds of snacks (see below).  When I return to Kanazawa next time, I want to try the Omicho Diner (近江町食堂).  (I only found out it was popular after we came back from our trip! :'( )  Oh well, next time!


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Poster, you got my attention!
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Oysters which are the size of my hand!
(and I have big hands!)
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Oysters for every budget!
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My only complaint:  Japanese are too clean...
I want my oyster juice!  No power wash my oysters!
肥美~
Sooooo delicious!!!
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Yummy grilled fish~  Perfect as snacks!
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Sashimi on the go~
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We ate these on the spot, right before lunch!

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