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Curry Yakisoba

Curry Yakisoba

Curry rice is probably Japan's most famous and favourite comfort food along with gyudon. However in Aizu-Wakamatsu (Fukushima Prefecture) they serve curry in a different way. Here, aside from rice, they serve curry with yakisoba. Yes, I mean that type of yakisoba with the stir-fried veggies, meat, noodles and sauce. After plating the delicious yakisoba, they pour curry along side it to create a perfect combination of gourmet goody. This might sound weird but the sweet taste from the yakisoba goes superbly well with the spiciness of the curry. If you ever drop by Fukushima prefecture please consider visiting Aizu-Wakamatsu not only for its great onsens but also great gourmet food like Curry Yakisoba!

Curry Yakisoba

Curry Yakisoba

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 05:45 Archived in Japan Tagged snow sea winter ocean japan ice rice festival cold tohoku curry noodles fukushima veggies yakisoba aizu_wakamatsu Comments (0)

Jaja-men

Jaja-men

Jaja-men is what we westerners know as Jajangmyeong, a Korean noodle dish. In Korea they use a thick noodle made from white wheat flour while the sauce made from dark soybean paste. However the infamous B class gourmet dish of Iwate prefecture, Jaja-men is a little different from its Chinese and Korean counterparts. The noodles used for Morioka Jaja-men is similar to those of udon but however the paste is a mixture of meat and miso paste served along with cucumbers. Before mixing and eating, local people of Morioka like to add 2 rounds of vinegar, 1 round of chili oil, grated garlic and grated ginger. After mixing everything together Bon appetite. If the flavour is not strong enough, you may add more according your taste. After your finished use a slice of pickled ginger to crap everyone in the bowl into the middle then crack a raw egg into the bowl. Beat the egg well and call a waiter over and say "chi-tan kudasai", they will add hot soup into your bowl which will cook the egg. You can drink the soup immediately after the soup is added.

Jaja-men

Jaja-men

Chi-tan after Jaja-men

Chi-tan after Jaja-men

PS: It is ok to have noodles left over for Chi-tan.

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 03:03 Archived in Japan Tagged snow japan ice festival seafood meat hokkaido cold tohoku bean sushi udon noodles ramen sauce morioka miso iwate jajamen jajangmyeon Comments (0)

Kinchaku Kitsune

Kinchaku Kitsune

In this blog post I am going to talk about a famous B class our met delicacy in Nara prefecture called the "Kinchaku Kitsune". In Japanese, kinchaku means pouch and kitsune is that piece of friend tofu over a bowl of udon. So what is he difference between this Kinchaku Kitsune and the normal Kitsune udon found everywhere? Well for Kitsune udon, the slice of fried tofu is places on top of the udon, however for Kinchaku Kitsune the fried tofu acts like a pouch and when you open this pouch, you will find he udon noodles lying with in it. The flavour of course is not much different than normal Kitsune udon but this is a new concept to revolutionize the dish of Kitsune udon. If you ever come to Nara, then I would suggest giving this special dish a try!

Kinchaku Kitsune

Kinchaku Kitsune

Kinchaku Kitsune after opening the tofu pouch!

Kinchaku Kitsune after opening the tofu pouch!

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 01:30 Archived in Japan Tagged food japan nara b deer class noodle udon gourmet ramen somen kitsune kinchaku Comments (0)

Curry Gyunyu Miso Ramen

They Curry Gyunyu Miso Ramen (curry milk miso ramen) is one of the famous specialty ramen in Aomori prefecture of Japan. For those who do not know where Aomori is, it lies in the most northern part of main island Japan. What makes this ramen so special is the soup. The combination of curry, milk and miso creates the base for the soup and boy they go well together. The addition of milk into the curry miso soup base helps lower the spiciness of the curry, making it seems like a perfect matching of flavours.

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I had mine with corn and butter as topping!

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 23:51 Archived in Japan Tagged mountains snow japan ice festival milk seafood hokkaido uni tohoku otaru sapporo sushi curry ramen veggies hirosaki aomori gyunyu Comments (0)

Ika-somen

Squid somen

Ika-somen is a dish that is most famous in Hakodate, Hokkaido. The word somen is referred to a common type of noodles in Japanese cuisine made of wheat flour and Ika means squid. So if transliterated correctly this dish means Squid noodles. However, there really isn't any noodles involved in this dish. All there is is thinly sliced raw squid, cut into the shape of noodles and served with soy sauce and grated ginger. There are other version of the dipping sauce which includes uni and soy sauce or just wasabi and soy sauce. This dish is a work of art, not only it looks gorgeous on the plate but tastes super fresh and chewy. If you are into raw meat then I would recommend trying this dish.

Ika somen

Ika somen

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 16:53 Archived in Japan Tagged landscapes waterfalls sunsets_and_sunrises mountains churches people snow night planes trains food fish park hiking mountain drink ice snowboard romantic festival resort candy yakiniku hokkaido beef aquarium romance uni tuna otaru onsen squid ice_cream sushi gourmet powder noodles matsuri genghis ramen butter dolls spicy niseko melon hakodate soba unga jr soup_curry genghis_khan kaisen_don jigoku_ramen furano asahikawa hotate snow_festival yukimatsuri jigoku karamiso gengis ebi kaisen curry_ramen tako ikura ika ika_somen somen Comments (0)

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