Traveling to a different country is one of the greatest experiences any person could ever have. With each traveler having their own certain reasons for pursuing their dreams of traveling, we can’t deny that the majority of them also have similar objectives they want to achieve during their travels.
Experiencing the culture first-hand, visiting well-known tourists spots, and of course, trying out the food that the place has to offer are some of the top reasons. Japan is no stranger to those travelers’ objectives and having the chance to visit the country’s Chinatown in Yokohama (横浜中華街), food is certainly something you wouldn’t want to miss. So if you’re looking for some good treats, make sure you don’t miss out on these three bites in Yokohama’s Chinatown!
Nobody wants to wait long when it comes to food, so let’s get right to it!
Number one on the list is the popular steamed pork bun, or familiarly known as nikuman in Japanese. If you’ve tried out the steamed pork buns being sold in convenience stores here in Japan, you’ll surely love the ones in Chinatown because they’re bigger and tastier than the regular ones!
There are many varieties of steamed pork buns sold in Chinatown, and by a number of shops, too! Each of the buns ranges from 400 to 600 yen depending on the shop, but if you’re lucky, you can get some for only 300 yen each during the time sale service (it was 2:00pm in the afternoon for us. Please check!)
Next on the list is the yaki shouronpou, or soup dumplings. The popular choices for the yaki shouronpou are pork and shark fin, and prices starts from 500 yen for four pieces. Just a word of caution – make sure to open a hole and take sips of the soup first as biting into one of these dumplings can burn your tongue.
Make sure to try out Houtenkaku (鵬天閣). It may take a few minutes due to the line to order, but it’s worth it!
For a sweet dessert, why not try out some goma dango, or sesame seed balls? Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside with sweet red beans, these are available for 100 yen each. You can also opt for a set of six for 500 yen.
Upon entering Yokohama Chinatown, you’ll see quite a number of establishments and Chinese staff calling on you to check out their all-you-can-eat offers. Some shops offer 75 dishes to choose from, and the sets start from 1,690 yen. The number of dishes to choose from increases with price.
We tried out Karyuuhanten (華龍飯店), which serves 135 dishes for 1,980 yen without a time limit. The service was good, the food was made to order but still speedy despite having many customers, and the atmosphere was nice too. If you’re craving Chinese food then I suggest the all-you-can-eat shops. Indulge yourself in numerous Chinese dishes and make sure you don’t miss the Peking duck wrap!
If Yokohama Chinatown is in the list of your go-to places during your trip in Japan, be sure to try these food choices out! It’s also fun to see so many friendly Chinese people in Japan. I hope this list will help you out on your food hunt escapade!
Yokohama Chinatown website *Automatic translation available