Monday, April 23, 2012

mar ten

Dan Dan Mian @ mar ten 痲甜 Having been gone from Japan for about a month, many changes occurred, some food places shut down, while new ones opened. Some markets got renovated and houses got built.

On top of that, the weather has been weird, at first it was summery-ish and now, brr, wintry, rainy...dreary if you ask me.

Mabo Tofu @ mar ten 痲甜 On Saturday, we tried a new place for lunch before Satoshi's German language class called Mar Ten.

This shop specializes in Mabo Tofu and other spicy dishes.

Satoshi tried their mabo tofu set, which came with a cup of consomme, some tsa tsai (chinese pickles) and lots of rice.  He chose the least spicy of the three levels and said it was quite spicy for him. Luckily, they offer a free refill of rice.

The guy sitting at the table next to us ordered the most spicy version of the mabo tofu and it came out looking almost "black"...eep!

I tried their dan dan men (tan tan men). Most times you see this dish in a red soup, but this version was soup-less.

After it arrived at the table, the waitress told me to quickly mix it with the sauce below or risk the noodles getting hard.  It was spicy and the noodles chewy.  I really enjoyed this dish.

There was an icy mango dessert that we were also eyeing, so we'll definitely be back.

Mar Ten (UPDATE: 6/2015 this shop closed)
Yodobashi Camera Umeda 8F
Kita, Osaka
Phone: 06.6292.6523

13 comments:

jalna said...

Both dishes look yummy! Amazing the changes that can happen in only a month!

KirkK said...

Hi Kat - We're always amazed at how things change in such a short time when we take long trips.

mariko said...

Welcome back! My mother is in Japan right now, and she said there were a lot more restaurants open now in that Yodobashi Camera building. I think she and her sister tried an omelette spot.

K and S said...

Thanks Jalna, amazing yeah?!

so true Kirk!

Definitely more restaurants in Yodobashi now Mariko!

Take care everyone.
Kat

K said...

Both dishes look delicious!

K and S said...

I tasted Satoshi's mabo tofu and it was good too K :)

Take care.
Kat

Paz said...

Glad you're back home, safely, and blogging again. I like the idea of the mango dessert. Yum! ;-)

Deb in Hawaii said...

I can't imagine eating the "extra-spicy" one...ouch! ;-)

K and S said...

Thanks Paz :) it looked perfect for summer!

definitely ouch Deb ;)

Take care you two.
Kat

Rowena... said...

Perfect lunch for junk weather. I don't know whether to keep the Bailey's out or put away with the rest of the heavy liquor!

K and S said...

Judging by today's weather, I think it is beer season for us, Rowena!

Take care.
Kat

Rinshinomori said...

Hello Kat - enjoy your blog of Japan. The dandanmen you ordered seems more non-Japanese style ie authentic. Glad you can find this style too now in Japan.

K and S said...

Hi Rinshinomori :) I've heard that the "ganso" (original) version of dan dan men is without the soup.

Take care.
Kat