出前

8 Feb

In your country, what types of food can you have delivered?

Is it good? Is it expensive?

As far as I remember, in America only pizza and maybe Chinese food is available for delivery.

Isn’t that right?

In Japan, you can have 寿司 (Sushi), カレー (Curried rice), ラメーン (Ramen), お弁当 (Japanese box lunches), (alcohol), ピザ (pizza), “Kentucky Fried Chicken“, and more delivered to your home.

All of it is quite good and most is quite affordable.

梅酒 (Plum wine) can be delivered to your home (as well as beer, sake, wine, etc)

梅酒 (Plum wine) can be delivered to your home (as well as beer, sake, wine, etc)

寿司 (Sushi) is usually about ¥100 (US $0.90) a piece.

寿司 (Sushi) is usually about ¥100 (US $0.90) a piece.

カツカレー (Pork cutlet & curry rice)

カツカレー (Pork cutlet & curry rice)

When you order 出前 (delivery) Sushi, Ramen, Curried rice and other foods like that, it usually comes served on ceramic dishes. When you finish the meal, you wash the dishes and put them outside your front door…and the delivery man comes back the next day to pick up the dishes.

Would such a system work in your country?

One thing that is expensive in Japan is ピザ (pizza), though.

I think the pizza menu is much better in Japan than in America…but many foreigners are surprised by pizza toppings that are popular in Japan, such as Japanese mayonnaise, corn, and potatoes.

Do such pizza toppings seem shocking to you? They’re actually quite good.

Japan has American pizza chains “Dominos” and “Pizza Hut“, as well as domestic chains like “Pizza-La” and “Wheely“.

Because the differences in toppings, pizza restaurants in Japan (even the American one) serve better side menus, desserts and drink choices than in America. (Most Japanese people could never eat just pizza for dinner. They want a salad and maybe some other side dish, as well.)

Another difference is the price. We almost never order a pizza…as I mentioned above, Japanese food is much more affordable in Japan than pizza.

For example, I checked prices on both the U.S. “Dominos and Japanese “Dominos websites.

In America, a large “Honolulu Hawaiian” pizza with a coupon costs US$13 (¥1198*)…but a comparable pizza at Dominos in Japan is called the 「トロピカル」 (“Tropical“) and costs ¥3100 (US $33.65*) for a large pie.

*(US dollar amounts are based on the ¥→US$ exchange rate on February 8, 2009. The US dollar is currently very weak.)

U.S. "Dominos" menu

U.S. "Dominos" menu

At "Dominos Japan", you can get a "Quattro" pizza and a salad or potatoes for about US$25.

At "Dominos Japan", you can get a "Quattro" pizza and a salad or potatoes for about US$25.

Kids' "Pikachu set" at "Dominos Japan"

Kids' "Pikachu set" at "Dominos Japan"

"Mayo, Tuna, Corn Pizza" is actually quite good!

"Mayo, Tuna, Corn Pizza" is actually quite good!

Baked potato is a side-dish at <i>Dominos Japan</i>.

Baked potato is a side-dish at Dominos Japan.

Shrimp and potatoes is another side-menu here.

Shrimp and potatoes is another side-menu here.

<i>Coke</i>, orange juice, 御茶 (Green Tea), 紅茶 (Brown Tea)

Dominos Japan's drink choices: Coke, orange juice, 御茶 (Green Tea), 紅茶 (Brown Tea)

42 Responses to “出前”

  1. Masako February 11, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Actually I have been to those places before. We are bringing our kids with us to share our love of Japan with them. Its hard to say which city I like best…..I like the old style of Kyoto and the heartbeat of Tokyo. I especially liked Gion in Kyoto. That book memoirs of a Geisha had me intrigued and on my first trip to Japan spent a entire evening hanging out in Gion. On my second trip I got dressed up as a Maiko and Geisha to take pictures and for the experience of wearing a Kimono. In Tokyo I love going to the different sections, each one is so different with so much to offer. Also seeing Mt Fuji for the first time was a moment i’ll never forget. I love going to the onsen and soaking in the bath. I could go on and on about how much I love Japan.

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  2. tokyo5 February 10, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    Masako…

    >We do have japanese food in Hawaii but it is not as good as the japanese food in Japan.

    It’s hard to match the food in Japan. 🙂
    Tokyo has gotten the most Michelin stars of any city in the world for the past two years.

    Actually, right now, the top chefs of the world are in Tokyo for a three-day international culinary summit.
    (See this news post about it: http://mpelembe.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2009/2/9/4086347.html )

    >The only Japanese style pizza we have here is Okonomiyaki

    Pizza!? 😀 Yeah, I guess お好み焼き (Okonomiyaki) is a 関西 (Western Japan) style pizza.

    >We will be in Japan from March 22 to April 3rd. We are going to Kyoto, Hakone and Tokyo.

    Have you been to all of those cities before? Which city in Japan do you like best?

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  3. Masako February 10, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    We do have japanese food in Hawaii but it is not as good as the japanese food in Japan. We usually eat japanese food a couple times a month and I make Nishime and Inari sushi every New Year. The only Japanese style pizza we have here is Okonomiyaki, I had the best one last year in Hiroshima.
    We will be in Japan from March 22 to April 3rd. We are going to Kyoto, Hakone and Tokyo.

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  4. tokyo5 February 10, 2009 at 10:25 am #

    Mom…

    It’s been awhile since your last comment!

    >is the mayo used instead of tomato sauce?

    It’s Japanese mayonnaise, which tastes completely different than American mayo.
    And it has tomato sauce on it as well.

    >Dad is beginning to like to cook!

    I wanna try his cooking!

    > how is the economy in Japan?

    It’s become bad…but I think America is worse.

    >tipping sucks here…at least 20% now.

    Has it become 20%? When we visited Florida last time, I was never sure who to tip or how much! One restaurant there gave us unusally bad service…I wanted to not leave a tip. But I left one anyways.

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  5. tokyo5 February 10, 2009 at 10:11 am #

    gigihawaii…

    >refunded our delivery charge

    Japan doesn’t have tipping…but if you pick up the pizza yourself, you can save on the delivery charge.

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  6. Mom February 10, 2009 at 3:13 am #

    Japanese pizzas do look good! it’s always nice to have a good variety and the more choices you can offer, the better for a business. is the mayo used instead of tomato sauce? I would think so, but thought I’d ask just to be sure. America is offering many more toppings than in previous yrs. Dad likes everything but the kitchen sink on his and I like veggies only. sometimes we order half and half and other times we order everything and I pick off want I don’t like and give it to my doggies.
    Home delivery has changed little here in NC too. We can order chinese and Italian but sometimes there are other restaurants who deliver but they are few. If food comes cold, call and complain and we usually get our next order free! as for the prices, I think the cost of pizza is going up here and is almost as costly as Japanese. we are ordering out less than we ever have, esp. now that Dad is beginning to like to cook! and he is really good at it too. so that is a real treat for me. when he cooks, I clean up. I would rather have a meal he cooks than to order in most of the time anyway. sometimes ordering in is the best way to go when we are both too tired to cook or clean up. either way, the cost of food has skyrocketed here. now when I get groceries, it will range betw $110. to $150, for just the two of us!! when we first got married, we spent betw $20.to 40.00 a wk.!! of course, that was a long long time ago but still inflation is so high and wages have not caught up at all. how is the economy in Japan? have you heard about what is going on here in the States? betw polictics and the cost of living? things are really beg. to change and we are not sure we think it is for the best. but maybe it is better not to go into politics on your site either because it can be a very hot issue. and I am with you in that when people get nasty with their opinions it does more harm than good.

    ps tipping sucks here…it is out of control…everyone from the hairdresser to the delivery man expect a tip and waitresses expect at least 20% now.

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  7. gigihawaii February 10, 2009 at 2:46 am #

    No, we do not tip when we take out food, but do if we have it delivered.

    Crazy driver, huh? On an island, too! Yeah, we were pissed and complained to the manager, who refunded our delivery charge.

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  8. tokyo5 February 10, 2009 at 1:41 am #

    gigihawaii…

    >We order take-out…no tipping

    In America, you don’t have to tip for “take-out” service? (I’m American…but I don’t know American culture very well anymore! 😀 )

    >the driver got lost and arrived at 1:30.

    He got lost for ninety minutes?? I’ve never heard of that before!
    (x_x)

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  9. tokyo5 February 10, 2009 at 1:38 am #

    Masako….

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. Please comment often!

    >Those Japanese pizza’s look good.

    There are many Japanese people in Hawaii…don’t they have many Japanese restaurants there? No “Japanese style” pizza?

    >So far we only eat japanese food when we visit Japan but many times the other kinds of food looks and smells good. I just might try something different on my next trip.

    Tokyo has any type of food you want! You can try many kinds of things!

    BTW, when’s your trip here?

    >excellent service even if I was just buying a 100 yen snack.

    Yes, Japanese take their jobs serious…even if they work in a fast-food place!

    >I do like to give macadamia nuts…they really appreciate it.

    I’m sure they do. お土産 (Souvenirs) are a big part of Japanese culture.

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  10. tokyo5 February 10, 2009 at 1:32 am #

    Tornadoes28…

    So, there are many types of delivery in L.A….like here in Tokyo?

    In L.A., is some food delivered on ceramic plates (like I mentioned above is common here)?

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  11. tokyo5 February 10, 2009 at 1:30 am #

    bartman905…

    On my previous blog (before I started over at WordPress), I had a post about Japan’s donuts shops.

    I wrote it when “Krispy Kreme” came to Japan.
    Dunkin’ Donuts was in Japan when I first came here…but they’re too sweet for Japanese taste and they closed up all their shops in Japan.
    Mr. Donuts is very popular here because their donuts aren’t so sweet…suit Japanese taste.

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  12. gigihawaii February 10, 2009 at 1:23 am #

    Hi Masako! Glad to see you here.

    We order take-out in Hawaii quite frequently because we prefer to dine at home — quieter, no tipping, and just more pleasant.

    Once, we ordered food for 20 people delivered to our home. It was supposed to be done at 12:00 pm but the driver got lost and arrived at 1:30.

    Never again!

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  13. Masako February 9, 2009 at 2:38 pm #

    I think the only thing we can get delivered here in Hawaii is pizza and like Gigi said it’s sometimes cold when we get it. There is a delivery service that you can get restaurant food from but it cost a lot.
    Those Japanese pizza’s look good. So far we only eat japanese food when we visit Japan but many times the other kinds of food looks and smells good. I just might try something different on my next trip.
    I like the no tipping policy in Japan and I have always gotten excellent service even if I was just buying a 100 yen snack. I do like to give macadamia nuts to the housekeepers , front desk , our tour guides and bus drivers, they really appreciate it.

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  14. Tornadoes28 February 9, 2009 at 1:55 pm #

    You can have anything delivered in Los Angeles. Everything.

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  15. bartman905 February 9, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    This post and all the comments are making me hungry 🙂

    I’ll add another item to this food list … what about donuts (or doughnuts)?

    I don’t think you can have this delivered, but you can either eat in or take out. Finally, just like pizza, donuts are quite expensive compared to Canada (Eric, you must still remember Tim Hortons) and the US.

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  16. tokyo5 February 9, 2009 at 11:40 am #

    Sir Pent…

    I like the way it is here better. Salaries are higher so tips aren’t necessary…but service is still excellent!

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  17. Sir Pent February 9, 2009 at 11:29 am #

    Tipping has become ridiculous in the US in my opinion. I absolutely believe in tipping for service that is exceptional, but here it is expected for ANY service…good or bad.
    Also, many restaurants will include a mandatory gratuity for table of more than 10 patrons.

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  18. tokyo5 February 9, 2009 at 10:44 am #

    Eric…

    Yes, it’s true. Sizes of food portions in America (and I imagine Canada) is much bigger than in Japan.

    I’ve become used to Japan…so the last time I went to America, I was surprised by the huge portions of food at restaurants and fast-food chains.
    (I was also shocked that there was alot of “set meals” that didn’t include any vegetables. Like, for example, one place offered a set meal that was “spaghetti, drink, and dessert”. What about vegetables??)

    Japanese have an expression 「腹は八分」 (“(Stop eating) when you’re 80% full (is healthy)”).

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  19. Eric February 9, 2009 at 10:35 am #

    The only problem with pizza in Japan is the high price and the small sizes. A large size pizza in Japan is around the size of a medium in Canada. So not only are you paying twice the price, you’re getting half the size. It is really delicious though.

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  20. tokyo5 February 9, 2009 at 10:11 am #

    Orchid…

    Thanks for commenting on my site!
    Do you live in Tokyo?
    I saw your site…you like Japanese お菓子 (junk-food), don’t you?

    >Lots of things can be delivered in Tokyo…New York City is the same way.

    Are you from NYC?

    >The main good aspect about delivery in Japan is that you don’t have to fret tipping the driver.

    I’d say the best thing is the excellent food at restaurants in Japan!
    But, it’s true…I’m not used to tipping anymore, so I didn’t even think of mentioning it (Tipping never even crosses my mind anymore. When I visited America a few years ago, I had to make a conscious effort to remember to tip. It was actually my stress during the trip…I was never sure how much was appropriate!)
    In Japan, there’s no tipping. Not waitresses, delivery men, barbers, bell-boys, hotel maids, nor taxi drivers. No one.

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  21. tokyo5 February 9, 2009 at 10:01 am #

    gigihawaii…

    >We NEVER order delivery because the food arrives cold or lukewarm.

    Is the food delivered cold in America? Here in Japan, if we order delivery, it’s usually noodles or sushi…the noodles always come piping hot (sushi, of course, isn’t meant to be hot 😉 ).

    We almost never order pizza (as I mentioned above, it’s expensive in Japan)…but when we do, it’s always arrived hot, as well.

    > It is better to go to the restaurant, order, and then take it home.

    Do you buy 持ち帰り (take-out) often? As for us, if we go to a restaurant, we just eat the food there.

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  22. tokyo5 February 9, 2009 at 9:56 am #

    Sir Pent…

    I was missing your comments on my site!

    >What you can have delivered varies quite a bit on where you live.

    Yeah, I guess that makes sense. I live in the largest city in the world with more restaurants than any other city…but I grew up in a small town in America (where delivery meant “pizza”).

    >Pizza and Chinese are the only options here.

    Pizza is cheap in America…but the menu is limited compared to pizza chains here.
    And Chinese (and Japanese) food in America is usually altered to suit American tastes.

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  23. Orchid February 9, 2009 at 9:46 am #

    As Sir Pent mentioned, it’s all about location. Lots of things can be delivered in Tokyo because of the population density. New York City is the same way. You can have coffee, sandwiches, cakes, etc. delivered in New York City depending on where you live and how much you’re ordering.

    In most major cities, you can get a plethora of things delivered because the businesses live close enough to patrons for bicycle or scooter delivery. The main good aspect about delivery in Japan is that you don’t have to fret tipping the driver.

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  24. gigihawaii February 9, 2009 at 2:56 am #

    We NEVER order delivery because the food arrives cold or lukewarm. It is better to go to the restaurant, order, and then take it home.

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  25. Sir Pent February 9, 2009 at 2:38 am #

    What you can have delivered varies quite a bit on where you live.
    If you live in a heavily populated, urban area you can get just about anything delivered. For example, if you live on the north side of Chicago there are a LOT of delivery options.
    I live in a suburb of Chicago. Pizza and Chinese are the only options here.
    I grew up in a rural area in central Illinois and there was NO delivery until I was about 17…and then it was this TERRIBLE pizza place only.

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