With the travel agents being in Okachimachi, after booking my flights I did some shopping at the fabulous fish market called Yoshi-ike. Among the amusements I picked up were some giant (U5 i.e., less than five to the lb) prawns. They were fresh enough to eat raw, but I chose to make the English curryhouse-style “butterfly” deep-fried variety.
Sadly my karhai for deep-frying wasn’t big enough to acccomodate even two of the prawns at one time, so they ended up curled a bit as I packed them in the oil. They came out quite good, although they are so ludicrously large even as a starter between two diners I think three prawns would still have been a little too much.
Anyway I highly recommend a visit to Yoshiike if you like your fish. The quality is as good as Tsukiji, they are open till late at night, all the produce is properly labelled with origin and price, the prices are much more reasonable than the bland big name supermarkets, they will gut fish while you wait if you buy them whole and there is even free ice to put in with your fish if you have a long journey home. However, being in the Tokyo shitamachi (and the rather peculiar atmosphere of Ueno as well) if you are used to shopping in big depato the staff may come across as a little surly; however they know their fish and you will not be messed around with regarding quality or price.