May 142009
 

Ha Chan's restaurant

After our early evening walk around Asakusa, we finally made it to our dinner location – Ha Chan’s restaurant. There are some areas in Tokyo that are more famous for monjayaki (Tsukishima), but we chose this place because our friend is in a singing club with Ha chan!

Ha Chan's Menu

Here’s the menu on the wall at Ha Chan’s.

Ha Chan's restaurant

First we started with some appetizers like edamame…

Ha Chan's Edamame

enoki mushrooms…

Enoki Mushrooms

that were grilled in butter and shoyu (very good!)

Enoki Butter

Also oysters with Japanese long onion…

Oysters with Negi

Then we ordered some okonomiyaki. Ha chan helped us mix and grill it.

Okonomiyaki Batter

Okonomiyaki Batter

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

We also had some stir fried vegetables…

Vegetable Stirfry

Vegetable Stirfry

Next we had some grilled potatoes with shoyu. I thought this was going to be plain, but it was actually really good!

Fried Potatoes

Fried Potatoes

Then we had some monjayaki. The first one was a negi monjayaki.

Monjayaki

After mixing everything in the bowl, you scoop out the big pieces on to the grill. Then you form a circle with the ingredients and pour the liquid into the middle.

Monjayaki

This negi monjayaki was really good. I didn’t expect to like monjayaki at all. Back home I had heard about and seen monjayaki. And in all the pictures I had seen, it pretty much looked like…well you can see from these pictures. But like others I found out looks can be very deceiving. I think I now like monjayaki better than okonomiyaki!

At this point I thought we were done with dinner but yet another bowl came out. This one was kimchi monjayaki. Also very delicious!

Monjayaki

We were playing around seeing who could scrape and scoop the monjayaki the best. There is a whole technique to it that they taught us. You have a little spatula and scrape under the edge of it. Then you come over from the top side and push down while pulling a piece away.

Monjayaki

To finish off the evening we ordered one last thing, dessert!

An Pancakes

An Pancakes

An Pancakes

An Pancakes

This dessert was like a thin pancake with ogura an (sweet beans) inside, very tasty!

This was a really fun dinner. For those of you hesitant like I was because of the looks of monjayaki, consider giving it a try at least once. I’m so glad I did!