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Extra Cheese, Hold The Mayo

Domino’s Japan is not for the pizza purist, but how could starving otakus survive without Mayo-Jaga: potatoes, pancetta, corn, onion and tomato sauce topped with liberal squeezes of mayonnaise, all served up on a pizza crust?

When this flyer arrived in my mailbox yesterday, I was sorry to see that they no longer offer the foie-gras pizza, but was happy to recognize these other timeless favorites:

The Goryeo Galbi: Korean-style BBQ beef with sesame seeds, garlic and paprika

The BBQ Garlic Chicken: roast chicken, BBQ sauce, double garlic, onion, tomato sauce, and that perennial pizza favorite, corn.

The Prime Seafood: shrimp, squid, scallops and broccoli smothered in white cheese with black pepper added. Tomato sauce optional.

The mysteriously-named Lasagna Pizza: potatoes, parmesan cheese, Bolognese sauce and white cheese, sprinkled with parsley, that most “Italian” of herbs.

And the Charcoal Grilled Chiki-teri: teriyaki chicken, broccoli, mushrooms, corn, onion, tomato sauce – whoa, looking like the healthy choice here! – oops, no. Mayo on top.

It all qualifies as “pizza” because it comes on a crust, but in case you consider the classic Italian style so last millennium, you can substitute “mille-fueille” instead: a sort of multi-layer puff pastry, plain or sandwiched with meat and cheese. And if you’re with three friends who refuse to agree they’re jonesing for Mayo-Jaga, you can order the Quattro Giant with Chiki-teri, Mayo-Jaga, Domino’s Deluxe and Garlic Master each confined to its own quadrant, with or without a smothering of cheese.

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

3 thoughts on “Extra Cheese, Hold The Mayo Leave a comment

  1. Right here in Oakland, California, my local branch of the Arizmendi Bakery has similarly pecuiiar ideas about what a pizza might be. Here is this past Saturday’s: “corn, poblano pepper, cilantro, lime juice, red onion, queso fresco”. To me, that is a quesadilla on pizza dough. Here’s another abomination from last month: “red cabbage, walnuts, yellow onion, blue cheese”. Might make a nice salad, but PIZZA? Hhhrrrummph.

    • Yeah, it’s not too satisfying if you’re really craving a slice of childhood. I have more tolerance for odd interpretations here in Tokyo, because I can think of them as “foreign” food, not something that’s merely Not Real Pizza.

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