One of the best things about Japan are lunch deals where normal dinner prices are slashed from 40-60%. Mega popular Hainan Ji Fun Shokudō (shokudō is cafeteria in Japanese) is Singaporean chicken and rice. Duh, the photo speaks for itself.
Well, Singaporean chicken and rice to suit the Japanese palate, to be precise. The usually fragrant herbs that profile the slightly bland chicken are subdued. Also there isn’t enough fat on the meat.
I get how Japanese like subtle tastes but for someone who spent an extended period of time in SE Asia, loved the food, the chicken and rice places suffice a craving but I just can’t help but wish for more… punch.
Good news is the condiment refills are free, so if all else fails, douse your chicken in ginger and chili oil for extra taste.
Dinner gets a bit pricey so I only go for lunch.
Hainan Ji Fun Shokudō
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M – F
Lunch: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM (last order at 1:30 PM)
Dinner: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM (last order at 10:00 PM)
Sat., Sundays, Holidays
Lunch: 11:30 AM – 3 PM (last order at 2:30 PM)
Dinner: 6 PM – 11 PM (last order at 10:00 PM)
What to order: lunch special on the chalkboard (not on menu)