Before screaming my lungs out at the BTS concert at MetLife stadium, I headed over to Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater, New Jersey, to indulge myself in some delicious Japanese food.
I love Japanese food. It is my absolute favorite cuisine, and I could honestly eat it everyday. Whenever I find myself in the New York or New Jersey area, I go out of my way to hit up Mitsuwa Marketplace, the Japanese grocery store in Edgewater, New Jersey.
You can pick up a ton of Japanese food and alcohol at Mitsuwa. They have an impressive sake collection, and the fruits and veggies are impossibly fresh.
My favorite part about Mitsuwa though, is the food court. You can get a wide range of food here, from fresh ramen, to omurice (omelette rice), and even hand made onigiri (rice balls) at Omusubi Gonbei!
Onigiri is a fairly simple food to make. Take sticky rice, mold it into a ball via your hand or a mold, and put in your favorite filling.
Mitsuwa food court photo by Laura Sisselman
Popular fillings include salmon, tuna, pickled plum, or tempura shrimp. Then you can wrap it up with seaweed (or not), and voila! But sometimes it’s just easier to buy it and have someone else make it.
Omusubi Gonbei makes their onigiri fresh everyday, so you know you’ll always get a top quality onigiri. I got their pickled plum, and wow. The plum was the perfect balance between sweet and salty, and the rice helped bring it all together.
Omusubi Gonbei onigiri, photo by Lauren Sisselman
The seaweed didn’t have an overpowering flavor either. This simple meal is complex in flavor, and will fill you up for a few hours.
For dessert, I headed over to Kai Sweets. Kai creates eye catching crepes, macarons, parfaits, and other delectable treats.
Kai Sweets photo by Laura Sisselman
I went for a Oreo Nutella parfait, along with a black tea bubble tea. The bubble tea was exactly what I needed. Refreshing, crisp, and mild in flavor. The parfait was just the right amount of sweetness, cut with the refreshing crunch of Corn Flakes!
The chocolate and vanilla ice cream flavors are great. Surprisingly, Corn Flakes works extremely well with this. I wasn’t a huge fan of the marshmallows and bananas, but I wouldn’t necessarily kick them out of the parfait. This was an excellent way to end a truly fantastic meal.
Are you a fan of Japanese food? Tell us your favorite dish in the comments below!