Some people are vegetarians because of anti-animal cruelty beliefs. Some of us choose to stay omnivores/carnivores. And some of us are sadists, we eat daddys with babies. Welcome to the world of Oyakodon (親子丼, literally Parent-child rice bowl).
A typical oyakodon uses chicken thigh meat with eggs, topped with a sauce + dashi (だし, a broth). A typical bowl costs 600 – 1200 yen.
Tamahide Ichino (玉ひで いちの) is a sister store of Tamahide, a store that has been around since 1760. We chanced upon Tamahide in Skytree because ALL the restaurants were crowded and Tamahide seemed to have a reasonable queue.
For lunch, the restaurant offers
- The original oyakodon for 1,500 yen
- The original oyakodon in a smaller size for 1,400 yen
- Oyakodon with white liver for 1,900 yen
- Musashi Oyakodon for 1,900 yen
I ordered the Musashi Oyakodon, a selection with chicken breast and chicken thigh meat, and topped up with an egg yolk. Slurps~
I am not a fan of oyakodon usually because I don’t like thigh meat. They tend to have a stronger meat taste and are tender. #thingsidontlike #imaweirdo
I particularly liked Tamahide’s oyakodon because they mixed in chicken breast with chicken thigh meat. Most of all, their thigh meat was very well marinated and cooked that I loved every bit of it!
Wait, we’re done yet!
Tamahide also provides you with their very own seven spices seasoning. This item is sooooo precious it is NOT placed at your table. There is a sign (as shown in the photo below) that tells you that you need to request for it.
Stingy people, you’d think~
The waitress brought us the spice bottle. It comes with a sticker saying “please do not bring it home” in Japanese (the red sticker).
Then we turned it around and there’s an additional in washitape saying the same thing in Mandarin.
IS IT THAT GOOD?
It actually is! Unlike most seven-spice seasoning that can be found all over Japan, this one has a kick to it. The OOMPH! It has a hint of mala and a hint of citrus and lacks the usual bland and dry chilli taste.
We dug a little further and the list is apparently,
- Chilli flakes
- Orange peels
- White sesame
- Black sesame
- Japanese pepper
- Black pepper
- 2 kinds of seaweed
It’s ambiguous which is considered as 1, the sesame, the peppers or the seaweed. Or maybe the originator can’t count. But this spice is reeeeaaaallly good.
So if you head on down to Tokyo Skytree someday, or happen to pass by one of the other Tamahide restaurants, give it a try! You’ll be amazed. However, always be prepared to queue, and pay.
Always remember the golden rule, lunch is cheaper.
Tamahide Ichino (玉ひで いちの)
Tokyo Sora Machi 7F
東京都墨田区押上1-1-2 東京ソラマチ 7F
Reservations available only for dinners.
Mon – Fri Lunch 11:00 – 15:00; Dinner 17:00 – 23:00 (L.O. 21:30)
Sat – Sun Lunch 10:30 – 15:00; Dinner 17:00 – 23:00 (L.O. 21:30)
For other Tamahide outlets, check out their webpage.