18 Dish Breakfast At Tsukiji Hongwanji Cafe Tsumugi
Did you know that you could have breakfast at Tsukiji Hongwanji? Did you know there is a 18 dish breakfast at the cafe? Come on in!
If you have never heard of this before, I am very sure you will be as surprised as me when you find out about this: 18 Dish Breakfast. 18 dishes?! Are you serious? How am I going to eat 18 dishes? And for breakfast? Who eats 18 dishes for breakfast?! So I knew I definitely have to try this out.
This 18 Dish Breakfast is actually a very limited and special menu that you can enjoy at the cafe at Tsukiji Hongwanji. The nearest station is Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Line. The nearest exit is Exit 1 and you will immediately see it when you get out from the exit.
The cafe is pretty big and there is a little shop on the side that sells souvenirs that you can buy for family and friends. Apparently, the 18 Dish Breakfast is a menu that is so popular that usually has a long queue and it will be sold out quite quickly.
Thankfully it was a weekday and we were quite early so there was no queue and the menu was still available.
So we made our orders and waited in anticipation. There's a choice of hot or cold tea with the 18 Dish Breakfast (JPY1800 + tax). The hot one is Kabuse Tea and the cold one is Fukamushi Tea. I went for the hot one and when it came, we were wowed. Look at how intricate the designs were!
If you are completely new to this, allow me to tell you how to go about this. First, you take the cover and flip it the other way. And then you pull up that white porcelain thing that has the tea leaves in it and let all the liquid finish flowing into your cup.
Once satisfied, you can put it on top of the overturned cover you had put on the table earlier so that the water doesn't leak everywhere AND your tea isn't too thick. Perfect design right?
When the 18 Dish Breakfast arrives, wow. Just wow. It was definitely Instagram-worthy. It was so pretty and definitely going to make a very filling breakfast. But first, let us talk about the origins of the menu name.
In the Infinite Life Sutra, there is a 48 Vows Series made by Amitabha. The 18th Vow with the focus of "(I'll) definitely won't abandon you" is coincidentally named Hongan and the temple's name is also Hongan (even though the spelling is Hongwanji).
So in honor of the 18th Vow, through this 18 Dish Breakfast, you can savor Buddha's desire.
Now, if you really look at it, it is actually 16 dishes, porridge, and miso soup, 18 dishes in total. Below each little dish is the name of the dish. So you can pick the dish up before eating it and know what you are actually eating. The dishes are seasonal dishes so some might change depending on the season you are enjoying it.
I absolutely love the Yuba Ikura (beancurd skin with fish roe - 1st row 2nd dish from the left) and Duck with Sansho Pepper (3rd row 2nd dish). The Dashi Tomato (1st row 3rd dish) was really tasty too.
The fried eggplant in tomato-based soybeans (2nd row 2nd dish) felt really special because it has a very fusion feel to it. The third-row third dish is a mix of fish meat and tofu and had a very gentle taste. I loved it.
For dessert, there is a slice of orange (1st row 5th dish) and matcha jelly (1st row last dish).
Overall, it was a truly lovely experience. If you have a choice, I would highly recommend you to sit near the window so you can enjoy the view of the temple while savoring this beautiful meal.
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