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Yaki Curry

Yaki Curry

Yaki Curry or bAked curry in English is a specialty dish in Kitakyushu city, especially the Mojiko region (Fukuoka prefecture). In Chinese culture, we have a lot of baked rice dishes and curry is one of them but however this one is quite different. So the put the rice into this iron plate and then crack an egg in the middle. Then they pour hot boiling curry over the top and topping it with cheese before the bake it in the oven. To eat this dish, you are suppose to break the egg and then mix it up with the curry, cheese and rice. Most shops uses those store bought curry rue cubes while some have their own special curry recipes. I have been to 3 different shops and only one of them had a different type of curry.

Yaki curry

Yaki curry

Breaking the egg inside

Breaking the egg inside

Another recent specialty is a more modern take on the Yaki curry with banana slices in it. It has a nice balance of spice and sweetness to it. However you can taste that they use those curry rue cubes so it's not really homemade. It is really unusual to find banana and curry together so if you want to try something special the. I would recommend trying this dish.

Banana yaki curry

Banana yaki curry

Breaking the egg inside of the banana yaki curry

Breaking the egg inside of the banana yaki curry

The 3rd shop I went to had the best curry since it wasn't that flavour I always taste. This shop's curry had a Thai flavour to it, it's like a fusion between a Japanese-Western classic with a Thai style twist to it. Though the prices here is a little bit more but I think it was worth it since it has a better flavour and don't have to go through all the long lineups. Many Japanese people only check a few sites and usually just lineup for the top 2-3 shops, so why bother when you can come to this shop and have something much more different yet still very local to the area?

Thai style yaki curry with veggies

Thai style yaki curry with veggies

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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)

Tokushima Ramen

Tokushima Ramen

I have come back to bring you guys another blog post about ramen. Today I will be talking about a special type of ramen called the "Tokushima ramen". As some of you might have already known, Tokushima is one of the 4 prefectures located in Shikoku island and is the one closest to the Kansai region. So what is so different about this ramen? Well, the broth is made with tonkotsu and shoyu and then you have your chinese-style noodles. The soup is thicker than usual ramen broth and the flavor is salty with a strong pork taste. As for the toppings, you might be expecting very Japanese-ish ones like Cha-shu pork, bamboo-shoots and so on but you won't be finding things like that on this ramen. The toppings are usually green onions, sukiyaki beef and a raw egg. Many local people like to order rice along with this bowl or ramen because to them the ramen is like a side dish. Some locals like to eat it like sukiyaki style where they will beat the yolk in a separate bowl and dip the sukiyaki meat in it and have it with some rice. There are others who like to just break the yolk within the bowl of noodles and dip it from there and slurp it along with the ramen. After finishing the ramen, some locals like to dump rice into the soup and devour everything up until the last drop. No matter which way you pick on how to eat your bowl of Tokushima ramen, it will still taste good. If you are a ramen fan and love to try local ramen then this is for you to try. Even if you are not that interested in eating ramen I still highly recommend this dish because it is really different from all the ramens you might have tried in your life!

Amazing Tokushima ramen and rice (egg on the side instead of in the ramen)

Amazing Tokushima ramen and rice (egg on the side instead of in the ramen)

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Toruko Rice

Toruko Rice

Toruko rice is a famous dish in Nagasaki. The dish consists of Tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlet), curry pilaf and spaghetti. The word Toruko means Turkey in Japan and rice means rice so it basically means Turkish rice. I am sure by now that all of you will find it weird because most people in Turkey believe in the Islam faith and they do not eat pork. Well, the story behind this dish is that the Japanese people think of Pilaf as a Turkish food and it resembles rice so it became to be known as Turkish rice. But why spaghetti and tonkatsu? If you look back at how Turkish kebabs are served, it is often served with meat (kebabs), rice and side dishes (like salad). The Japanese people in Nagasaki created their own version by putting the Japanese favourite tonkatsu on the rice with a side of spaghetti (because it is Western and they've been using it as a side dish for many other Japanese style Western food). Nowadays most restaurants uses white rice instead of pilaf but it is not rare to find a place that still uses pilaf.

Though it seems that the origin of Toruko rice came from Nagasaki, this dish can also be found in some regions of Osaka and Hyogo prefectures. If you ever want to try something out of the ordinary then I recommend trying this great dish. The combination of the rice and spaghetti with the special sauce they made for the tonkatsu is a match made in heaven.

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Toruko Rice from a convenience store

Toruko Rice from a convenience store

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 22:46 Archived in Japan Tagged food hiking ski snowboard hot nagasaki seafood bears hokkaido otaru sapporo sushi gourmet uwajima pudding genghis ramen spicy niseko hakodate castella toruko_rice soup_curry genghis_khan kaisen_don seafood_don jigoku_ramen furano asahikawa hotate snow_festival yukimatsuri sapporo_tv_tower wakkanai obihiro muroran tokachi nemuro kitami ehime imabari jakoten jako-katsu Comments (0)

Jako-Katsu and Jakoten

Jako-Katsu and Jakoten

Jakoten is the soul food of all soul food in Ehime Prefecture. No matter where you go in Ehime, Uwajima or Imabari, you will definitely find a place that sells Jakoten. So what is Jakoten? Well Jakoten is actually made from finely minced fish made into a paste and formed into the well known rectangular like shape. This delicacy was first eaten in the Uwajima region but nowadays it is the soul food of Ehime prefecture. The original Jakoten is seared in a fry pan and is to be eaten with soy sauce and daikon oroshi. However there is another version of it called the Jako-Katsu which is very popular nowadays and you eat it like a katsu with their special sauce.

Jako-Katsu

Jako-Katsu

Jakoten

Jakoten

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 22:02 Archived in Japan Tagged food hiking ski snowboard hot seafood bears hokkaido otaru sapporo sushi gourmet uwajima genghis ramen spicy niseko hakodate soup_curry genghis_khan kaisen_don seafood_don jigoku_ramen furano asahikawa hotate snow_festival yukimatsuri sapporo_tv_tower wakkanai obihiro muroran tokachi nemuro kitami ehime imabari jakoten jako-katsu Comments (0)

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