Suke Yatai Yeah
Suke Yeah is one of the closest things Yokosuka has to an izakaya shop & izakaya shops are one of my favorite things about life in Japan. Suke Yeah has some vintage Japanese flare to their decor but they’re definitely more modern that other izakaya shops, offer a far more extensive menu, are quite a bit larger & are up to date on technology & cooking equipment. Most of the izakaya shops we’ve seen elsewhere aren’t up to those standards (no critism though… those places are awesome). I went for dinner while Rob was at work & this was another day I used to experiment with things, so I ordered calamari & tuna scrape. The deep fried squid was actually tiny squid, like what I had at the sushi restaurant but obviously these weren’t raw. I took my first couple of bites with no issues, but then I started taking a closer look at them & realized you can actually see the shape of the animal. In a lot of cases, I do well until I can make out the shape of what I’m eating (like when I ate the eel at the sushi restaurant) but once I recognize it, I have a much more difficult time continuing to eat. Not wanting to be rude or wasteful, I powered through and ate them anyway. The taste was fine but the texture wasn’t great. I didn’t actually know much about tuna scrape except that this is what they put in a lot of basic sushi recipes, centered in the middle of the rice & seaweed. Here, they serve it in a bowl with seaweed & wasabi, but no rice. Tuna scrape is the last little bit of meat left on the fish after everything has been removed, and it scraped from the bones of this fish. I read this information after I’d already ordered the food & for some reason, it grossed me out. Anyway, once again, I powered through. Before they brought my order, they gave me a small bowl of complimentary mashed potato salad with wasabi and edamame & that stuff was amazing. Wasabi and potatoes is an excellent combination & I would definitely make this stuff at home. Suke Yeah actually did have a lot of normal stuff on their menu to accompany the things that might seem a little strange to us. They have options like beef skewers, yakitori & fried chicken, to go along with the fried whale meat, raw horse meat & multiple octopus dishes. I’ve added some pictures of my food as well as some pictures I took of their menu.
I’m not sure if you can really consider taiyaki “cuisine,” but they’re an incredibly popular snack or dessert in Japan. They’re on plenty of “must try” lists, I regularly see little shops specializing in the product & today when I went for the first time, I had to stand in a line that was probably six people long, so they’re well liked! To be honest, I never thought they looked all that appealing, which is why I’ve never stopped at Kurikoan, just off Blue Street, until now. They’re referred to as fish shaped cakes but the “cake” reminds me of pancake batter, and they’re filled with all kinds of options, the most popular being a red bean paste. They are called taiyaki because they’re shape is modeled after the Tai fish (and they make everything right in front of you). I opted to go with the Premium Cream with Vanilla Bean filling & took a bite. I really just wanted to try it so I could say that I did but I was actually pretty blown away! It was so good! I totally get why these little things are such a big part of Japanese pop culture!
We got a nice surprise when, at the last minute, Rob was told he could have a day off. Unfortunately, we found out late too late in the day to do anything besides maybe make the trip into Tokyo, but he didn’t feel like going that far, so we just hung out here in Yokosuka.
We ended up having dinner at Yayoiken, who specialize in Teishoku, which is a set meal, consisting of white rice, miso soup & a variety of choices for the main dish. Sometimes, they come with something else on the side. I ended with cold tofu & Rob ended up with a small salad. We had to order it through a machine, paying at the beginning of the meal, which prints a ticket. The waitress collected half of our tickets for the chef, then left the other half with as as a receipt. Rob ordered some kind of grilled beef with an amazing sauce, & I ordered the pork with extra veggies, which came with a spicy red sauce. We’re getting pretty good with chopsticks! Some places don’t offer silverware, so we were forced to improve these skills. Everyone serves ultra thin shredded lettuce with salads, & Rob is not into it at all, and neither of us are into the miso soup (which is probably why I’ve been having such difficulty with ramen). We both enjoyed the main courses though.