Despite the many Asian communities in Vancouver, we seem to be lacking true Japanese cuisine. I would pinpoint Denman Street as the area, that I know of, with the most Japanese eats. But I think this single food court packs more excitement than all of the Japanese food in Vancouver combined.
The food court is the first thing we encountered once stepping food into the building. There were so many people; all the seating and tables were occupied by Asians (there were some Caucasians too) gobbling down casual Japanese eats. My family immediately became a little bit too excited and ventured off in four different directions.
|Mifune inside Mitsuwa Marketplace|
|Katsu Don from Mifune|
|Ramen & Tonkatsu from Mifune|
|Miyabi-Tei inside Mitsuwa Marketplace|
I love unagi, it's my default whenever I go to sushi restaurants. Unfortunately, unagi don is extremely over-priced in Vancouver. There is no way I am paying $13 for a bowl of white rice and a measly small piece of unagi. You can imagine my joy when I saw a bowl of unagi don plus egg cost only $7.50. -angelic voices- According to the constant stream of customers purchasing their lunches from Miyabi-Tei, it is one of the most popular spots in the food court. Their food looked the most appealing, there was a wide selection, and their prices are very reasonable,
|Unatama Don from Miyabi-Tei ($7.50)|
|Santouka Ramen inside Mitsuwa Marketplace|
|Spicy Ramen combo from Santouka Ramen|
After waiting in a long line up and retrieving her order, Mom slurped up those ramen noodles and really enjoyed the soup base. She said it was very flavourful from the pork bone and the spiciness added the perfect amount of flavour. The marinated egg was well received too. Even the hungriest person would be super full after eating this; that little bowl on the side is white rice with some seasonings. Mom was much to full of noodles to eat the rice so we packed it to go in my plastic container. This is why I always carry an empty container on all my food trips, it's very useful.
Click below to see the best matcha drink on Earth and some sweets!
|Yamamotoyama inside Mitsuwa Marketplace|
I also picked up a matcha milkshake from Yamamotoyama (try saying that ten times fast!). They specialize in matcha green tea and it is extremely good. There was absolutely no wait for my drink. By the time she handed me my change, the drink was served. The service was so quick I was actually dumbfounded for a few seconds. I think the woman went into the back to tell the other employee what my order was before actually taking my payment.
|Matcha Milkshake from Yamamotoyama|
I couldn't bare to leave without a quick run through the supermarket. There were so many Japanese goods and groceries I could've spent all afternoon browsing through the unfamiliar imported products. My family bought a few goods to-go for dinner on the plane. My dad and brother left with some sushi and musubi (we're still reminiscing Hawaii) and I got some sweets. Duhh...
|Hamada-Ya Bakery inside Mitsuwa Marketplace|
|Sweet Potato Tart ($3.40) from Hamada-Ya Bakery|
It was a very delicious tart~ The filling was creamy, smooth, and mildly sweet. The crust was a beautifully tender and biscuit-like pate brisee pastry. Black sesame seeds make for a very unique and contrasting adornment. I like everything about this tart. It was a hefty weight and large enough to actually be my dinner.
|Mikawaya inside Mitsuwa Marketplace|
|Yomogi Daifuku ($1.35) from Mikawaya|
There were still sooooo many items I still wanted to try; Japanese-style curry, onomoiyaki, and Japanese cakes all looked so delicious! I highly recommend checking Mitsuwa Marketplace out. There are plenty of other customers running in and out so it's a well-known and visited place. The food court has some amazing cheap eats and the supermarket is a fun place to explore too. Many of the stalls have plastic models of their dishes, which are very helpful illustrations as to what you should expect. Underground parking is ample at this supermarket, and there is a security guard strolling around at all times. (Which is good, but bad, if you know what I mean.) If you are like us, driving from Anaheim to LAX Airport, the city of Torrance is along the way and Mitsuwa Marketplace is great place to grab some food!
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