Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Find Delicious Foods at Depachika, Must Go to Place in Japan - New Year's Japan Travel Day 3

         My husband and I traveled Japan during this New Year's holidays. As I mentioned in my previous entry, we enjoyed coffee and ice cream at Sheijo Ishii after walking a lot in Ikebukuro. Then, we headed toward Seibu Ikebukuro (西武池袋) to get some depachika foods.

         Have you ever heard of depachika (デパ地下)?  In Japan, major department stores have delicatessen on underground floors which is called depachika in Japanese (Depa (デパ): department store + Chika (地下): udnerground foor). If you are planning on visiting Japan, you really should go to depachika because they have the finest foods from many famous restaurants, confectioneries and etc. Depachika foods are seriously way more delicious than meals from convenience stores and supermarkets.

         We decided to purchase some foods at Seibu Ikebukuro depachika and had them in our hotel room. Today, I'm going to share what I purchased there with you.    
Seibu Ikebukuro Depachika

Seibu Ikebukuro
1 Chome-28-1 
Toshima, Tokyo 

Hours : 
Monday through Saturday  10 a.m. through 9 p.m.
Sunday and Holiday  10 a.m. through 8 p.m. 

Matsuzo Potato (松蔵ポテト)

      I found the huge sweet potato from Matsuzo Potato (松蔵ポテト) at Seibu Ikebukuro depachika. In Japan, a confection made from sweet potatoes is called sweet potato (スイートポテト).
       Because I love Japanese sweet potato, I decided purchased one. It was actually the last one at the store. :)

      This sweet potato was so much larger than regular sweet potato!

      It was so delicious!

Chiyoda Sushi (ちよだ鮨)
      Did you know that many deli stores reduce the prices for quick sale around 45 minutes before closing time? When I lived in Osaka, we sometimes visited Kintetsu Department Store late evening and purchased high quality fresh fish and deli foods at very reasonable prices at the depachika. ;)

     We purchased three kinds of sushi from Chiyoda Sushi at Seibu Ikebukuro depachika. They were 50% off sale, which is called hangaku (半額) in Japanese. :)
Tuna Nigiri Sushi
      The three pieces of tuna sushi were originally 416 yen but were only 208 yen. I was very impressed that these were so fresh and authentic! :)

Salmon Nigiri Sushi
      The three pieces of salmon sushi were originally 277 yen but were only 138 yen! These also tasted good! 

Natto Sushi Rolls
      These natto sushi rolls were originally 240 yen but were only 120 yen. We also had natto rolls from Lawson convenience store previous day, but depachika sushi rolls were obviously way more delicious than convenience store ones. :)

Kyoukarou (京華楼)
     We found that Chinese foods from Kyoukarou were only 1,000 yen for three! Kyoukarou is a famous Chinese restaurant in Yokohama Chinatown.

     We purchased fried rice noodles, fried rice with pork kakuni and gyoza.
Fried Rice Noodles

      I loved this fried rice!
Fried Rice with Pork Kakuni

      I'm not sure if these were gyoza, but these were also good. My husband told me that this gyoza was the best in three kinds of Chinese foods we purchased that day.

and 7-Eleven's Salad and Drink...
      On our way back to the hotel, we also went to 7-Eleven convenience store and purchased some salad and drink. 
7-Eleven Salad

7-Eleven Salad Dressing

       This Asahi Clear Cooler was chuhai (チューハイ), a Japanese alcohol, and it had Sudachi (酢橘) citrus fruit juice. I loved its sudachi aroma!
Asahi Clear Cooler Sudachi Soda

     We were really satisfied with the depachika foods. :) Next morning, we decided to go to Tsukiji Fish Market. I'll write about it next time.

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  1. I love, love, LOVE walking around depachika! It's a must for my family every time we go to Japan (which is monthly!) Love the discount food there after a certain time in the evening! ❤️❤️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    1. Yes, walking around depachika is exciting! Depachika is one of must go to places in Japan. :)