Last evening the wife and I took a walk down to Yokohama Chinatown, which is a couple miles from our house. We enjoy the sights and smells of the lively area and make it a habit of going there whenever the whim hits us. Yokohama Chinatown is the largest Chinatown not only in Japan but also in Asia and it is one of the largest in the world. There are over 200 restaurants and has become one of the prime sightseeing spots in city. It is a great place to people watch, full of foreigners, families going out for dinner, and young couples on dates.
We walked down there for dinner and stopped at a popular restaurant whose specialty is rice porridge (rice congee). Rice porridge is eaten primarily as a breakfast food or late supper; in others it is eaten as a substitute for rice at other meals. It is often considered particularly suitable for the sick as a mild, easily digestible food. I don’t know the name of the place we went to, but it is on the main street and there is always a line with at least a dozen people deep. The restaurant is very small, probably seating no more the 25 people at a time. We had to wait in line for about 20 minutes. The service is pretty lousy and the Chinese waitress almost throws the food at you, but the congee is good enough that you put up with the discourteous service – kind of remind me of Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi” episode.