There’s a reason why the egg salad sandwiches in Japanese convenience stores have a cult following. There’s always been a sort of magic around Japanese convenience stores in general. They’re just better. But back to the sandwiches. People, including myself, have an undying love for them, which is why trendy places like Pillow Talk and Konbi in LA can charge upwards of $10 for an egg sandwich. I’m not a purist for many foods but have to say I think I am for the Japanese egg salad sandwich. I prefer the OG stuff, sandwiches from 7-Eleven and Lawson’s in Japan. You can keep your fancy LA sandwiches.
While in Tokyo, we didn’t purposefully set out to eat egg dishes. In fact, the only one we had on our checklist was tamago kake gohan – Japanese rice topped with fresh raw egg and soy sauce. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to squeeze it into the couple days we had in the city.
Fortunately, before heading to teamLab Planets, we went to Aqua City in Odaiba and got omurice at Pomunoki. It’s a humble restaurant inside the mall, where the patrons were mostly young Japanese families. Beer on tap is self-served, as well as the tiny cups of miso soup. The omurice dishes are generous and comforting. As a serious egg lover, I went for the omurice topped with fish roe, filled with mushroom rice. Eggs on eggs.
Another serendipitous egg dining experience we had was at Flipper’s. After an unsuccessful attempt at Goros, we walked over to Flipper’s for a late breakfast. The souffle pancakes are like pockets of air (they’re definitely worth trying). But, what I was really enchanted with was the sunny side up egg and two fat slices of bacon draped on top of the souffle pancakes. I didn’t order this dish, but the likeness to the breakfast they ate in Howl’s Moving Castle made me so happy.
I managed to eat a number of egg dishes without even consciously trying, which is why Tokyo is a great city for egg lovers.