Beishoku-Beishu Honoka (米食米酒穂のか, Eat Rice, Drink Rice [alcohol] Rice Ear) near Musashi-Koyama station in Tokyo has no beer or shōchū on the menu, just sake – and odd sake at that.
Rice is cooked one bowl’s worth at a time, Hitomebore variety from the south of the Aizu region with a perfect balance of fragrance, stickiness and sweetness. And there’s nothing better than putting the aforementioned grilled miso on it.
A bowl of rice with tamago-yaki, one daily side dish, miso soup and pickles costs JPY 750, with small dishes to go with the rice like chicken soboro (minced chicken with soy and sugar), Korean nori cooked in soy or ikura oroshi (salmon roe with grated radish) cost JPY 100 each. A selection of five types of grilled miso (served on wooden spoons) is JPY 750.
- Original article (Japanese, Mainichi Shinbun, 14 June 2018)