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Sauce Katsu Don (Fukui style) and Oroshi Soba

Sauce Katsu Don (Fukui style) and Oroshi Soba

This dish is pretty well known all over Japan and 3 of its prefectures: Gunma, Nagano and Fukui all has their own signature way of making this great dish. In this blog post I'll be talking about specifically the Fukui style sauce Katsu don. So what is sauce katsu don? Well, to know about that you first have to know what a katsu don is. A katsu don is basically deep fried pork cutlet over rice. Usually they like to use a thick cut of pork sirloin to make the cutlet and then batter it and covering it with panko bread crumbs before deep frying it. Now sauce katsu don is basically the same thing but the deep fried pork cutlet itself is dipped in a sweet sauce (the sauce varies depending on the region you're eating it). In the Fukui style sauce katsudon, they have 3 slices of katsu (2 pieces of pork thigh meat cutlet and 1 piece of pork sirloin cutlet). Since the pork cutlets are thinly sliced, the meat stays juicy and tender but also maintain the crispiness from the deep-frying.

Oroshi soba is another really famous dish in Fukui. It is basically cold soba noodles with grated radish and katsuo as toppings. Unlike the normal type of soba where you have a sauce dish and you're suppose to take some noodles and dip it in, here you pour the sauce right in to the soba noodle dish itself and eat it. At the end you can pour the remaining juice in the soba plate to the sobayu (the water they boiled the soba in) and drink it.

  • Important: Some restaurants might have sobayu provided and some not.

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Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 21:21 Archived in Japan Tagged tokyo osaka umeda japan rice chicken seafood meat beef seaweed kaiyukan uni udon curry bowl ramen sauce okonomiyaki fukui soba namba takoyaki nipponbashi shinsaibashi tempura beni_shouga gyudon kushi_katsu tsutenkaku nori natto katsudon echizen oroshi radish daikon katsuo tare Comments (0)

Karamen

Karamen

Before I talk about Karamen, can you take the heat? Are you a spicy food lover like me? If you are then this is a great dish for you! If you're not, they have a level system so doesn't matter if you can take a little heat to nothing at all they cater to everyone's taste. So what is this Karamen? If you directly transliterate the word, "Kara" means spicy and "men" means noodles. This isn't just an ordinary bowl of spicy noodles but a special one since you can choose the spiciness from level 0 all the way 25. Along with the hot and spicy soup they use eggs, garlic and green onions to enhance the flavour. The egg is put into the soup with the egg drop style so it helps out a little bit to bring down the spice level. The noodles which they use isn't just some Chinese ramen noodles where you can find anywhere in Japan but a special konyaku like noodles. This type of noodle gives you that soft crunchiness which balances well with the hot and spicy broth. The garlic and green onions are soft from being simmered in that amazing broth which enhances their flavour. If you like noodles and find yourself traveling to this region of Japan then I would really recommend trying this dish! Of course you might find it in other parts of Japan but eating it where it originates from is a whole different kind of experience!

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Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 18:05 Archived in Japan Tagged landscapes waterfalls sunsets_and_sunrises mountains lakes people planes boats osaka food water park hiking japan history travel mountain green city cuisine chicken kamakura hakuba cabbage kobe yakiniku hokkaido soup beef fukuoka otaru sapporo eat onsen shrimp mythology pork gourmet bowl kyushu noodles shikoku kanazawa uwajima oysters genghis shabu ramen spicy matsushima fukushima niseko matsuyama hakodate dejima miyazaki nipponbashi tsuzumimon shinsaibashi genghis_khan furano asahikawa yamaguchi shimonoseki spring_onions delicacy crunchy nightview broth motsu small_intestine hokuriku obihiro muroran ehime soul_food nobeoka takachiho karamen Comments (0)

Kiritanpo Nabe

Kiritanpo Nabe

Kiritanpo Nabe is a dish famous in the Northern part of Akita prefecture. Kiritanpo is a type of food made resembling the form of a sausage. Unlike sausages, kiritanpo is made out of rice mashed into a paste and formed into a cylinder form on a stick and is usually cooked near a fireplace. These kiritanpo are then cut in half and put into the nabe (hotpot with vegetables and meat) for boil. Since the kiritanpo cook fast, anything more than a few minutes will make it soggy and break up so it is best to let it sit for 2-3 minutes and take it out of the nabe to eat. If you drop by Akita prefecture, this is a must try local dish!

Before putting the ingredients in.

Before putting the ingredients in.

Kritanpo Nabe.

Kritanpo Nabe.

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 01:37 Archived in Japan Tagged snow food water drink ice rice chicken kamakura meat yakiniku beef nabe vegetables tohoku sushi pork fresh akita ramen veggies sukiyaki kiritanpo ricecake chikuwa kiritanpo_nabe broth Comments (0)

Champon

Champon

Champon is another Nagasaki delicacy. Unlike Sara-udon, this dish is a soup noodle dish. The broth itself is made with chicken and pig bones and topped with seafood and vegetables. The noodles used is the thick type designed for using in Champon.

Champon at a restaurant in the Chinatown in Nagasaki.

Champon at a restaurant in the Chinatown in Nagasaki.

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 01:04 Archived in Japan Tagged japan chicken nagasaki cabbage seafood pig vegetables atomic bomb poulet sushi pork kyushu noodles ramen lard veggies castella champon Comments (0)

Beni-Shouga no Tempura

Beni-Shouga no Tempura

Beni-shouga is one of the most famous side dishes in Japanese culture when eating gyu-don (beef rice bowl). Beni-shouga is the neon pinkish pickles ginger shreds that is commonly found in gyudonya san (shop that serves beef rice bowls) and is almost always all you can eat. They all so sell it in supermarkets all over Japan. However, Osaka is the #1 city in Japan in devouring these pickled delicacy. Due to the popularity of it in Osaka,, it is not uncommon for people to develop new ways of using or cooking with beni-shouga. The most uncommon food where you can only find in Osaka is the beni-shouga tempura. They cut the beni-shouga into thinly sliced medallions, put 2 on a skewer and deep fry them tempura style. If you like beni-shouga or strong ginger taste then this yummy tempura is a must try.

Beni-shouga Tempura

Beni-shouga Tempura

inside of beni-shouga tempura

inside of beni-shouga tempura

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 01:12 Archived in Japan Tagged tokyo osaka umeda japan rice chicken seafood meat beef seaweed kaiyukan uni udon curry bowl ramen okonomiyaki soba namba takoyaki nipponbashi shinsaibashi tempura beni_shouga gyudon kushi_katsu tsutenkaku nori natto Comments (0)

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