First meal in Japan, featuring grilled chicken cartilage skewers

Selection of Japanese snacks.
Selection of Japanese snacks.

Japanese tapas, grilled skewers, and Cobb salad, a “very famous American salad” for our first meal in Japan, eaten on the bullet train from Tokyo to Sendai.

For our first meal in Japan we picked up a selection of snacks in the bewildering selection of food stalls under the Tokyo train station just before getting on the bullet train to Sendai. A tic-tac-toe tray of tapas, a Cobb salad (the only fresh vegetable type thing in site), and a selection of grilled meat skewers. Breading and mayonaise were well present, as well as seafood. Also cured meats.

Click through for the grilled chicken cartilage skewer closeup (not recommended for vegetarians.) This is the first installment of our Noteworthy Japan Snacks series.

Chicken cartilage and pork skewer

We thought it looked like squid or cuttlefish, but it was indeed the cartilage from the middle of a chicken breast bone, the bit that extends from the sternum. Crunchy and delicious. Because, you know, pork, the magical animal, was plentifully dispersed throughout.

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