Try the Jumbo Gyoza Challenge at Kagurazaka Hanten!

  • FOOD
  • Japanese food is, no doubt, one of the best in the world. Most of their food are known to consist of health-boosting minerals that supports a healthy digestive tract. However, have you ever thought about enjoying Japanese food through a challenge? A popular shop in Tokyo called Kagurazaka Hanten is serving jumbo gyoza for free to people who can finish it in an hour. Let’s check out the place!

    About the Shop

    Kagurazaka Hanten is a small shop that is tucked in the city of Tokyo. It is known for attracting several local and foreign people into trying its dumpling challenge. This is nothing new in the shop. They’ve actually been doing this challenge for more than 45 years! From this, they’ve expanded into offering other jumbo challengers such as jumbo ramen challenge and jumbo fried rice challenge. Several customers including celebrities have tried these challenges but most of them failed.

    What is the Challenge?

    If you’re curious enough to take the challenge, you should take note of some things. Once you take a seat, you’ll see a friendly card rule telling you that the challenge is just for fun. Thus, it is recommended that you enjoy eating the food rather than pushing yourself to finish it. Among all the food challenges, its most popular one is the dumpling challenge, particularly the gyoza challenge. Gyoza is a Japanese dish that consists of wonton wrappers stuffed with pork and cabbage. Its flavors can be seasoned with a variety of fillings.

    What’s the Catch?

    You can eat the whole gyoza for free if you complete the challenge. The jumbo gyoza weighs 2.5 kilograms and costs 9,600 yen and should be paid in advance. The other jumbo foods can be ordered on the day of the challenge. You are allowed to finish the whole food in an hour without leaving the table or even going to the restroom. If you have a hard time finishing the whole thing, you can always surrender and the staff will be happy enough to pack your leftovers. You may also opt to have 100 smaller dumplings of the same total weight instead of the jumbo one if you wish to do so. If you’re lucky enough to win the challenge, you are acknowledged by placing your name in the shop’s wall of fame.

    It is said that in the past, the challenge was particularly for students who were adventurous enough to try it. Once the challenger gives up, the leftovers were often eaten by the other members in the group. If you’d like to try other challenges, you may also try the jumbo ramen challenge which costs 1,890 yen and jumbo fried rice challenge which costs 5,840 yen. Of course, they also come for free once you finish them in an hour.

    So, if you have an elastic stomach and have what it takes then you may challenge yourself by consuming these jumbo foods under time constraint. But if you don’t want to do so, you may choose to pay them instead. This is just one of the amazing things you can do in Japan!

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