Eating out in Yokohoma’s Chinatown using ili

Yokohama’s Chinatown is the biggest Chinatown in all of Japan, so I had to check it out. Since I don’t know any Mandarin, I used ili’s Chinese translation output to help me communicate a bit easier.

First stop, I asked the cook what the most popular dish is amongst locals.

Roasted Chestnuts (Courtesy of Earthy Delights Blog)

He responded by cracking open a chestnut. I guess they are quite a hit down here in Yokohama. Later on, I found out chestnuts are a big part of Chinese cuisine and have been a part of the food culture for thousands of years.

Steamed Bun (Courtesy of Kitch Me)

Afterwards, I was offered baozi. Baozi is a steamed bun filled with various foods (usually pork or beef). It’s a very common and popular dish in China and as you can see in my video, it’s pretty much all I ate for the rest of the day.

Shumai (Courtesy of Food Network)

However, I did try Shumai, which is a type of Chinese dumpling and that was delicious as well.  

If you head to Yokohama, be sure to check out Chinatown. Here are a couple restaurants I recommend:

Shumien (Photo courtesy of Savor Japan)

Shumien – Affordable restaurant that serves delicious Minced Pork Rice.

Shatenki (Photo courtesy of Hamapita)

Shatenki – This restaurant specializes in Congee, also known as rice porridge. There is usually a lineup here on weekends so you know it’s good.

Some of the local Chinese shops might offer discounts if you’re able to bargain with them. Use ili to help you translate:

  • Can I get a discount?
  • This is too expensive.
  • Do you have something cheaper than 1000 Yen?