Surviving on Matsuya for a Month

I guess you could also use this as a guide on how to eat Japanese food every meal cheaply! There was a period of about a month in Tokyo where I was poor and was still working out how to cook using a single gas burner for a kitchen. It was during this month that I resorted to budget food in the form of Matsuya.

For those that don’t know, Matsuya is a variety of traditional Japanese fast food. It’s cheap, quick, and healthy. But more importantly, it’s cheap. You can have a substantial meal for as little as $US4. It has a good menu too. But I always got the same thing every time.

For me, the pork meal set was cloud nine. It was homey miso soup, slithers of pork, a crisp salad, and a bowl of rice for about $US5.50. Matsuya was filling and it meant I didn’t have to try and make an unappetising meal by chucking everything into one pot and cooking it. I also had nowhere to prepare ingredients, which limited my culinary creativity. Because I can cook normally……

The kinds of meals Matsuya prepares in under 5 minutes!

If you’re wondering where you can find one of these godsend speed diners, then have no fear. They literally appear as frequently as a Seven Eleven; there’s just about one on every corner! And even if you don’t speak Japanese, the electronic ordering machine at the door also has an English menu. Perfect for people who still want to have Japanese food without worrying about the hassle of pointing at pictures and looking stupid, or ordering a mystery item and finding out you’re allergic.

All in all, Matsuya saves time and money. It saved me during that one month. Even ordering the same thing three times a day wasn’t boring with the free condiments available.

Who knows. The next time you’re wandering around looking for a safe bet, you might want to check out Matsuya!!

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