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【Thursday Throwback】We order a Whopper with 1,050 bacon strips, Struggle to level comically huge burger

【Thursday Throwback】We order a Whopper with 1,050 bacon strips, Struggle to level comically huge burger

Thursday Throwback is your peek into the archives of RocketNews24. We’d hate for you to miss any of the quality quirky news from Asia and Japan just because you recently stumbled on our site. And if you’re a devout RN24 reader, thank you for your continued readership! Enjoy this blast from the past! 

(Originally posted on April 19, 2012 by Steven)

Well that didn’t take long. Just yesterday we shared the story of how our own Mr. Sato capitalized on Burger King Japan’s current 15 bacon strips for 100 yen (US $1.20) promotion by ordering a Whopper with 105 bacon strips. While Mr. Sato managed to finish the burger, he didn’t seem to be in the best shape afterwards, falling into a meat-induced coma and then suddenly breaking out of it only to run out of the room with his hand covering his mouth.

Surely we thought Mr. Sato had finally learned his lesson that consuming stacks of bacon is a task better left to professionals. So imagine our surprise when he came in the office holding a plastic bag sagging under the weight of a 1,050 bacon strip Whopper.

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We Get the Dirt on this Season’s Fad Ingredient. Hint: It’s Dirt.

We Get the Dirt on this Season’s Fad Ingredient. Hint: It’s Dirt.

There is a chic French restaurant in Tokyo’s Gotanda district known to those in-the-know. It’s called Ne Quittez Pas, and it is famous for using high-quality seafood and produce from Kanagawa’s Misaki region. However, they’ve just unveiled a new full-course menu created around a rather peculiar ingredient: actual dirt. Of course, we had to check it out. Read More

Cafe Scores Unlikely Hit With Natto, Coffee Gelatin and Whipped Cream Sandwich

Cafe Scores Unlikely Hit With Natto, Coffee Gelatin and Whipped Cream Sandwich

This site has covered some frankly ridiculous foods in the past. Who could forget our articles on deep-fried caterpillars, the 1050-bacon strip Whopper, or the bright blue curry challenge? But this is the first time we’ve covered something that actually made me throw up in my mouth a little.

A sandwich shop in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, has conjured up this ungodly creation and, even more strangely, it seems people want to eat it. It’s called the Natto-Coffee Gelatin Sandwich, and that is exactly what it is: natto and coffee gelatin slathered with whipped cream and plopped on some unoffending white bread. For those of you unfamiliar with natto, it is an extremely stinky and sticky food made from fermented soybeans. Yes, rotting soybeans.

Inexplicably, this sandwich has become one of the shop’s most popular items, leading the representative director Koji Suzumura to explain their motivation in creating this abomination. Read More

Ramen Stand Ranks First for Sweets and Oden, Such Mouth Watering Variety (but what about the ramen?)

Ramen Stand Ranks First for Sweets and Oden, Such Mouth Watering Variety (but what about the ramen?)

Ramen stands can be found all over Japan, and Fukuoka prefecture is no exception. But there probably aren’t many ramen stands out there that are popular with the locals for just about everything but ramen. Maruwamae, located in Kokura, Fukuoka, is one such ramen shop.

According to Tabelogu, a local restaurant review site akin to Yelp, ramen shop Maruwama is ranked first in the city for the best sweets and the best oden. In particular, reviews rave that their ohagi and kinako mochi surpass all cake, cookie, and Japanese sweet shops— a reputation that’s sure to have the competition cringing. Their ramen, by the way, is ranked fourth.

First, for those unfamiliar with the dishes, oden is a winter soup dish consisting of a number of ingredients which are anything from octopus, fish cakes, and boiled eggs, to konbu seaweed, daikon radish, and potatoes; all skewered on wooden sticks and simmered in a huge pot of tasty broth and eaten with yellow mustard. Ohagi and kinako mochi, the sweets available at Maruwamae, are sticky mochi rice cakes covered in sweet bean paste and sweetened soybean flour, respectively.

While oden we could understand, it’s a wonder that a ramen stand is ranked first for sweets, which is why we sent resident RocketFoodie Kuzo to see and taste for himself!

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Japanese School Lunch Fail【You, Me, And A Tanuki】

Japanese School Lunch Fail【You, Me, And A Tanuki】

You, Me, And a Tanuki is a weekly featured blog run by Michelle, a Californian who is currently one of only two foreigners living in Chibu, a tiny fishing village on one of the Oki islands in Japan. Check back every Saturday for a new post or read more on her website here!

When I first got to Japan, I made a goal to try any food that was offered to me.  Sea snails (freshly cracked out of their shells and still alive), check.  Sea cucumber, check.  Shiokara (fermented salty squid), check.  I’ve encountered some of the grossest edible things I’ve ever seen, but stuck to my goal, tried not to think about the slimy mess in front of me, and ate the new food.

To up the ante on my food challenge, I told myself that I would eat every dish  that was served in kyuushoku (school lunch).  The main reason I took this challenge is that I think it sets a good example for the kids, who are made to sit at the lunch table until they finish every bite of their food.  Usually, completing my goal isn’t a chore at all.  I’ve had some of the most delicious meals I’ve ever encountered in Japan served to me in the lunchroom at school.  But it hasn’t all been easy.  I’m not a fan of shishamo (pregnant smelt fish) which are eaten with head, eyes, tail, bones…everything, intact.  As unappealing as shishamo is to me, I still manage to eat all of them when they are served in the school lunch.

Unfortunately, my undefeated school lunch record has come to an end.

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Great Tasting Sashimi Dishes For Very Reasonable Prices—in Ginza Nonetheless!

Great Tasting Sashimi Dishes For Very Reasonable Prices—in Ginza Nonetheless!

Assorted Sashimi Plate

Itamae Baru, a Japanese food restaurant in Tokyo’s ritzy Ginza district, offers dishes to get excited over!  Why? You can’t find steamed abalone for 500 yen ($6.25 US) or uni pasta with generous amounts of sea urchin for 780 yen ($9.75 US) this tasty anywhere else in the city!

Itame Bare is one of these wonderful up and rising  restaurants where young itamae, or sushi chefs, create Japanese dishes for astonishing low prices! 

We went to Baru for a taste of this amazing fare. Read More

A Candy Store Variety ‘Cream of Corn Soup’ Flavored Ice Cream Bar Fit for a Fancy Restaurant

A Candy Store Variety ‘Cream of Corn Soup’ Flavored Ice Cream Bar Fit for a Fancy Restaurant

If you give a kid a hundred yen to buy a treat on a hot summer’s day, he’ll most likely skip off to the candy store to buy himself a Gari Gari Kun, a very popular ice cream bar sold just about anywhere. It is also the preference of many dark jedi. The standard Gari Gari Kun (gari gari is the sound of ice being crunched or scratched, and kun is an informal address aking to ‘boy’) comes in blue packaging and is cream-soda flavored. When it comes to ice cream bars, why give up a good thing?

Because right now, there is a limited-edition cream of corn soup flavored Gari Gari Kun! Gari Gari Kun comes up with different flavored ice cream bars all the time, though they’re usually a special seasonal flavor, like grape or melon. Although there is no season to cream of corn soup, it would be safe to say that cream of corn soup is a standard ‘soup of the day’ for many fancy European restaurants.

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Chinese McDonald’s Reported to the Police for Burger Being too Spicy

Chinese McDonald’s Reported to the Police for Burger Being too Spicy

According to  recent Chinese market reports, a patron of a McDonald’s in the city of Guangzhou of the Canton Province, took his grievances over his overly spicy burger to the police, causing quite a commotion.

The disturbance took place in mid-August when a man went into McDonald’s for his dinner, ordering a Spicy Chicken Burger.  On finding it much more spicy than the previous one he’d had, he reported it to the police!

The spicy chicken burger is supposed to be spicy, but its spiciness must have been so very unbearably distressful—a breach of his civil rights, even—that he felt he had to make a police report. Read More

The Birth of a New Osaka Specialty, Hoping to Put the “Osaka Burger” on the Map!

The Birth of a New Osaka Specialty, Hoping to Put the “Osaka Burger” on the Map!

The dainty little burger you see in the photo above is the new “Osaka Burger.” But does it look like a burger to you?  Maybe a burger with the meat on the outside? 

The Osaka Burger actually uses the famous Osaka specialty, okonomiyaki, for buns and consists of a chicken patty, fried egg with shiso leaf and topped with a plum sauce, (bainiku sauce). 

And it actually was known as something else before being called the Osaka Burger: “Ume Chicken”, the most popular item on the menu at Osaka Burger Kaen Hanamaru.  Whatever you want to call it, its originality sparks the curiosity enough to make you wonder: ‘how does it taste? 

The Osaka Burger will appreciate your curiosity because it hopes to represent Osaka cuisine alongside the ranks of okonomiyaki and skewered deep-fried pork by bringing together several regional specialties into a new and exciting culinary experience through the burger!

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This is What a Whopper With 1000 Slices of Cheese Looks Like

This is What a Whopper With 1000 Slices of Cheese Looks Like

A few months have passed since our resident reporter Mr. Sato consumed a Whopper loaded with 1050 strips of bacon. Now the smell of bacon grease has finally faded from the office and Mr. Sato seems to have learned his lesson after spending countless hours curled up in the fetal position, praying his arteries would hold out another day.

At least, that’s what we thought until he walked into the office the other day carrying a Whopper with 1000 slices of cheese in his hands.

Cheesus Christ.

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The RockeNews24 Cooking Class – We Mix and Solidify Ten McDonald’s Hamburgers to create One Huge Hamburger

The RockeNews24 Cooking Class – We Mix and Solidify Ten McDonald’s Hamburgers to create One Huge Hamburger

You know that we at RocketNews24 love to do crazy things with McDonald’s foods, like cooking a Big Mac Value Meal in a rice cooker or ordering different burgers without the buns.This time, we did a little experimenting with 10 McDonalds hamburgers and a unique cooking product that we’ve been fascinated with, called “Matomeruko Easy” (which would roughly translate to “Easy Mix-N-Solidify Powder” in English). Read More

We Order Whopper With 1050 Bacon Strips, Struggle to Level Comically Huge Burger

We Order Whopper With 1050 Bacon Strips, Struggle to Level Comically Huge Burger

Well that didn’t take long.

Just yesterday we shared the story of how our own Mr. Sato capitalized on Burger King Japan’s current 15 bacon strips for 100 yen (US $1.20) promotion by ordering a Whopper with 105 bacon strips.

While Mr. Sato managed to finish the burger, he didn’t seem to be in the best shape afterwards, falling into a meat-induced coma and then suddenly breaking out of it only to run out of the room with his hand covering his mouth.

Surely, we thought, Mr. Sato has finally learned his lesson; that consuming stacks of bacon is a task better left to professionals.

So imagine our surprise when he came in the office holding a plastic bag sagging under the weight of a 1050 bacon strip Whopper.

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We Order Gyudon (Beef Bowl) with 10 Raw Eggs for More Power, Dub it the “Bull in a Hen House”

We Order Gyudon (Beef Bowl) with 10 Raw Eggs for More Power, Dub it the “Bull in a Hen House”

Gyudon is a popular Japanese dish consisting of sliced beef and onions simmered in a sweet soy sauce-based sauce and served over a bowl of steamed white rice.

While tasty enough on its own, many Japanese people are fond of cracking a raw egg over the top of the dish to give it a richer flavor and consistency.

We understand that many people overseas are hesitant to consume raw eggs—and those fears may very well be justified if you’re not careful about where your eggs come from—but we do it all the time here in Japan and there’s really nothing more tasty!

Especially when it comes to gyudon, the flavor just isn’t complete without a crown of golden yolk. And if raw egg makes it taste so good, why stop at just one? Why not power up your beef bowl with 10 raw eggs?

And so we did.

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The Most Expensive Starbucks Drink in the World, Ever, Maybe–$37.10

The Most Expensive Starbucks Drink in the World, Ever, Maybe–$37.10

Our attention was recently brought to an American blogger who claims to have made “The Most Expensive Starbucks Drink in the World, Ever:” a 31-oz Java Chip Frappuccino loaded with all sorts of extras that totaled $23.60 (1921 yen).

Now, as many of you may know, RocketNews24 has established itself as the leading Japanese authority on unreasonable portions of food. By claiming that he has definitively created the world’s most expensive Starbucks drink, this blogger has effectively challenged our reputation.

We think you know what happens next.

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McDonald’s Fries Are On Sale So We Bought 100 For Epic Savings

McDonald’s Fries Are On Sale So We Bought 100 For Epic Savings

McDonald’s french fries are 150 yen (US $1.86) regardless of size for a limited time in Japan right now, and you know that means we here at RocketNews24 are going to celebrate like we do best—with copious amounts of junk food.

Just think about it: 150 yen is nearly 50% off the usual 290 yen price for large fries. That’s 140 yen of savings per order.

Fearing that we may never be presented with an opportunity like this again, we pondered over how we could make the best of it, which lead us to the following conclusion: if 1 order of large fries purchased during this promotion yields savings of 140 yen, then 100 orders should theoretically net us 14,000 yen (US $173.75).

And so we did.

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We Order A Massive 2 Kilogram Steak And Feel Manlier Than Ever!

We Order A Massive 2 Kilogram Steak And Feel Manlier Than Ever!

When western people visit Japan they often complain about the small size of the portions served to them at restaurants, especially when it comes to steak.  The average Japanese steak weighs in at around 150-200g (5-7oz) which would make for a decent sized American hamburger but little more than a frozen dinner-caliber steak. Read More

The Dodeca-Whopper: 12 Patties of Burger King Greatness Stacked Between Two Buns Because We Can

The Dodeca-Whopper: 12 Patties of Burger King Greatness Stacked Between Two Buns Because We Can

So by now you’re probably thinking, “Those RocketNews24 guys must really love fast food hamburgers.”

Well, you’re right.

It’s our policy here at RocketNews24 to leave no hamburger un-tasted, no chain un-visited and, where there is the opportunity, enlighten the masses to unorthodox and innovative ways to enjoy their favorite fast food meal.

Most recently, when we learned that Burger King lets you stack on as many hamburger patties as you have the stomach to support, we decided to test the claim by ordering a Double Whopper with 10 extra patties.

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We Order A Plate Of CoCo Ichiban Curry With Everything On It, Totals $120

We Order A Plate Of CoCo Ichiban Curry With Everything On It, Totals $120

Curry House CoCo Ichibanya (referred to as ‘CoCo Ichi’ hereafter) is Japan’s premier Japanese-style curry restaurant chain, with over 1000 shops in Japan and nearly 50 overseas.

One of the secrets to CoCo Ichi’s success is variety: customers can choose the spiciness of the curry, the amount of rice and one or more toppings from a spectrum of delicious ingredients.

Of course, for the indecisive, such variety can make something as simple as ordering a plate of curry a stressful endeavor.

That’s why we recently dispatched our leading culinary research team to test a plate of CoCo Ichi curry with everything on it. After all, if you can’t decide on one flavor, why not try them all?

Check the report below!

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Akihabara Restaurant Serves Up Three Squares in One

Akihabara Restaurant Serves Up Three Squares in One

Many Japanese restaurants serve a “yama-mori,” or “mountain-sized,” serving of rice and other main dishes, but Adachi’s in Akihabara may boast the biggest one in the country.

Adachi’s claim to fame has always been its large portions. The first Adachi’s operated out of the Kanda Market, and its clientele were people who worked in the fruit and vegetable market. They worked up huge appetites by performing manual labor from the early morning hours, and regular portions would not fill their bellies. It was then that the elder Adachi decided to provide huge portions.

The affable younger Adachi told me all about it during my first visit to the restaurant. The restaurant is famous for letting its patrons eat to their hearts’ content, and anyone who has ever dined there knows that the “regular” portion of rice is five to six times larger than normal. Read More

The Lotteria Tower Cheeseburger Returns, We Stack 30 Patties Because We Can

The Lotteria Tower Cheeseburger Returns, We Stack 30 Patties Because We Can

On June 24th Japanese hamburger chain Lotteria put the legendary Tower Cheeseburger back on the menu as a limited time promotion. Read More

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