What To Eat In Kanagawa

Chinatown fare – YUM! (Pic by Flickr user 246-You)
YOKOHAMA
Yokohama is a melting pot of cuisines, and one can’t come here without having some authentic Chinese food at Chinatown, including one of the world’s best pork meat buns, or baos. These succulent little buns are sure to delight, especially on a cold winter’s day. The international gourmet scene here is impressive, and you will find popular Australian restaurants such as bills, originally from Bondi Beach in Sydney, and German pubs. 

Shirasu bowl (Pic by Flickr user jpellgen)
KAMAKURA/ENOSHIMA
At Kamakura, shirasu, or whitebait, is undoubtedly the star of the day. These small fry are in season during the summer, and trying a shirasu rice bowl is a must. The texture and delicate taste of the whitebait, accented with a dash of soy sauce and grated ginger, is a refreshing treat during the summer. Aji, or horse mackerel, is another local specialty to be tried either as sashimi or grilled. A dove shaped sable cookie called the Hato Sable is a popular souvenir. This buttery treat was introduced to Kamakura after Japan opened its doors to the world in the late 19th century. Enjoy a taste of history with this cookie. 


Fancy some Hakone onsen eggs? (Pic by Flickr user 5oulscape)
HAKONE
Onsen (hot spring) eggs are a must try at Hakone. It is believed that eating one black egg (the shell is black but the inside is regular) is cooked by the heat of hot spring water. The constant temperature of the water makes for perfectly cooked eggs. This is enjoyed with a sprinkling of salt and goes down well with an ice cold beer. Hot spring manjyu, or steamed buns usually filled with red bean paste, is another local favorite to try.