Japan — Kobe Beef

Kobe beef

Kobe beef is known as the most expensive “Japanese Wagyu”.

The reason that Kobe beef is so expensive is because those cattle are fostering in a superior livelihood. Not only the living environment is really good and comfortable, but also their diets are extremely fastidiousness. There are official staffs to feed the cattle to drink beer, in order to accelerate the cattle’s blood circulation. So to make their flesh more smooth. Besides, there are professional massagers to help the cattle to massage. Thus the muscle and fat of the cattle will share more equally. Like the beef in Canada, beef are divided into categories. Japanese beef are categorized into 5 levels, A5 is known as the best beef. Kobe beef is categorized at A4 to A5.

There are several methods to eat Kobe beef, such as sashimi, iron pan-fried, broiled, shabu-shabu, fried with salt, etc.

Kobe beef in supermarket

Kobe beef on pan-fried

Kobe beef for Shabu-Shabu

Kobe beef Sushi

Kobe beef Sashimi



Recommended Restaurants:

1) Steak Land Kobe

This restaurant provide iron pan-fried Kobe beef and located in Sannomiya.


Address: 2/F, 1 Miyasako building (@ Chuo area, Kobe city)

Little tips:

Most of the staffs and chefs are able to speak English, thus, communication is not a problem.

In order to prevent the belongings of customers will absorb soot, thus there are lockers for customers to put their private properties.

2) Originator of Teppanyaki Kobe Misono Restaurant

This restaurant is first restaurant that provided iron pan-fried of Kobe beef in Japan. This restaurant opened since 1945, and has branches through Japan, such as in Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka, Shinjuku, etc.

3) Rokkasen restaurant

Rokkasen restaurant also a famous restaurant in Japan that eats Japanese beefs. They provide different kinds of Wagyu included Kobe beef.

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Taiwan — Modern Toilet Restaurant

 Modern Toilet Restaurant ()

No kidding, this is a restaurant! The theme of this restaurant is the bathroom.  Eating here is a very extraordinary and interesting experience to say the least. You will never imagine two wholly extreme things can link together. All the seats are close-stool; tables are bathtub or sink with a glass on the top; walls are decorated with many shower nozzles on it. Every bowl, dish is the sharp of bathtub or toilet. Well…can you stand for it?


There are already 12 Modern Toilet restaurants in Taiwan, and internationally in Hong Kong and Japan too. Meals in this restaurant are Japanese-Taiwanese style. The food comes in your own hot toilet bowl with a little fake “poop” on one side. Their popular meals are different kinds of Shabu Shabu, served with a side of vegetables, soup, and rice.  You are also able to choose different ingredients in the Shabu Shabu, such as beef, pork, or vegetables.

 For me, the most delicious Shabu Shabu in this restaurant is with the milk soup base.  The ingredients in this hot pot are full with the flavour of milk. It surprised me that hot milk does not taste any bad smell of the milk. On the other hand, the milk makes every food taste smooth and a little bit sweet. If you want to try some new stuff, I highly recommend this one.

 The second Shabu Shabu that I think is good is the curry one.  The curry is Japanese style, so it is not spicy but has a strong taste of curry. I like to serve curry with beef instead of pork. 

 Dessert of ice-cream comes in a squat toilet.

 They also provide a big bowl of dessert that can feed several people.  These desserts are sliced ice with sauce and serve with ice-cream. However, I am not really impressed with the look of the dessert. It’s kind of disgusting like mixed everything in it.

So, don’t go to the wrong toilet!

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A news of Modern Toilet Restaurant: 

Subtitle: This is an interesting restaurant in Taiwan; the theme of this restaurant is toilet; not only the tables and seats are stools and sinks, the bowls and plates are in toilet shape as well; (Reporter:) Do you think it’s weird that eating with toilet? (Girl:) No, it is really special. If you want to have a special meal, this restaurant is one of your choices.

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Taiwan — Taiwanese Shabu Shabu

Taiwanese Shabu Shabu (涮涮;Taiwanese: “Sha Sha Woh”)

Shabu shabu originally came from Northeast China. In the 13th century, Genghis Khan used it as a cooking’s method to feed the Mongol troops. The troops gathered around a large pot and put thinly sliced meat in the chafing dish. It’s call “hot pot.” Due to the Japanese armies seized Northeast part of China, Japanese bought “hot pot” back to Japan and changed the name as “Shabu Shabu.”  Since a lot of Japanese people live in Taiwan, thus Shabu Shabu becomes one of the popular foods for Taiwanese, and created her own flavors. The main ingredient of Japanese Shabu Shabu are beef, boy choy, mushroom, spinach (spinacia oleracea), Chinese onion, bean sprouts, Garland chrysanthemum (Chinese: Tong Hao), tofu, Chinese vermicelli (cellophane noodles), etc. Some Japanese may put udon as well. The beef that serve in Shabu Shabu are usually the best beef, the “Matsusaka beef.” It is one of the most famous kinds of beef in Japan and internationally. These kinds of beefs contained a high fat-to-meat ratio. Some people will like to have pork and mutton, but unlike Chinese hot pot, Japanese people do not put animal’s internal organs in Shabu Shabu. The beefs are cut thinly, thus you are able to the beef after you put it into the hot water for 15-20 seconds. Then have the beef the sauce. There are 2 difference sauces in Shabu Shabu, sesame paste and “ponzu” (烹滋). The taste of sesame paste is stronger, it usually serves with meat. While “ponzu” is a little bit sour, so people usually serves it with tofu and vegetates. After the Shabu Shabu, most restaurants will serve dessert such as fruits or ice-cream.

 Fu Lok Taiwanese Shabu Shabu Restaurant (富樂台式涮涮鍋)

 This restaurant use white sugar cane to stew for broth. Since the soup base is a little bit sweet, so it can bring out the fresh taste of the meat. I think that their soup is really good!

  — the vegatable dish

 — beef– The beef is really thin, and the ratio of fat and meat is really balance. 

 — mutton

 Stewed minced pork with rice – This is one of the traditional Taiwanese foods. However, this rice contain pig’s oil, it’s better don’t have too much!


1) No.58, Meide St., Shihlin District, Taipei City 11159, Taiwan (R.O.C.) Tel: 02-2831-4988; Service Hours: 11:00 – 23:00

2) 1/F, No.75, Sec. 4, Chengde Rd., Shihlin District, Taipei City 11166, Taiwan (R.O.C.) Tel: 02-2886-6895; Service Hours: 11:00 – 1:00 am

 ZeShabu Shabu (澤.極上乘涮涮鍋)

This restaurant use Kombu (Laminaria japonica) and dried slide fish to stew for broth, it tastes fresh and sweet.

 The decorations are really modern and trendy, which looks like a lounge bar.

 Before the Shabu Shabu, this restaurant will serve a salad first. With a special traditional Japanese sauce make the salad taste really delicious.

 After that, there are 3 different sauces for the Shabu Shabu: (left) — lemon, pepper, kumquats, and cut spicy Japanese raphanus sativus; (middle) – sauce of kumquats; (right) – sauce of Japanese raphanus sativus with green onion.

 Vegatables dish

 Slide of Pork  Mutton


Address: No.7, Lane 83, Sec. 1, Da-an Rd., Da-an District, Taipei City 10688, Taiwan (R.O.C.) Tel: 02-8772-7579; Service Hours: 11:30 – 23:00

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