The next time you want to visit Japan, just book your flight on All Nippon Airways.
Or, you can go to Edgewater, New Jersey.
There, you will find Mitsuwa, a Japanese grocery store where you can find everything from mascara to rice makers to food imported straight from Japan. All the signs are in Japanese and most of the employees are Japanese, too. There is a wonderful Japanese food court and every now and then, there is a food fair with food and chefs flown in from Hokkaido, Okinawa, and other places in Japan.
The prices are also extremely reasonable.
Ready for a little trip to Japan?
If you are lucky enough to come here during a food fair, bypass the right side of the market (where you can get delicious prepared sushi, gyudon, and other Japanese treats) and go straight to the food court on the left side.
butter and potato. Butter listed first because it is absolutely the predominant ingredient in this patty. It is mashed butter with some potatoes in there. Yet, it is not greasy. Just rich, comforting, creamy mashed potatoes encased in a feather light batter.
If that doesn’t get your engine going, there is no hope for you.
Or, go with the crab topped inari. The tofu wrapper is supple and sweet, stuffed with slightly sticky rice, crunchy bits of lotus root, and the richest, mildest crab you have ever had. Imported from Hokkaido, it is buttery and almost sugary. Tender and fresh, it is the best crab sushi I have ever had. At only $13 for 4 pieces, it is also a steal.
You can find me at the buttery potato coquette station.