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Pepper Lunch

Pepper Lunch

Pepper Lunch is a famous restaurant chain in Japan which serves meat, mostly steaks. The brand was first established in Tokyo and since then has grown into a international fast food brand for steak. You can find Pepper Lunch in most big cities in Japan, however the further away from Tokyo you get, the harder it is to find a Pepper Lunch. Many Japanese people who goes to the restaurant for their cheap steak cuts. However, you have to remember that the Japanese diet is different from those outside of Japan so the portions are really small and might not be enough for you. Their most famous signature dish however is their beef pepper rice, which is rice served in an iron plate and topped with thin slices of beef covered in their signature pepper sauce. Not only is it nutritious because you get the meat, rice, corn and green onions but also cheap at 700 yen (tax not yet included). You can get a larger portion of rice if you add an extra 100 yen. They have a 900 yen version of it with extra meat but who really knows how much they add in it? If you ever come across a Pepper Lunch anywhere around the world and is craving for meat, it might be a good idea to head in for some steak and meat that would not hurt the wallet, especially in Japan.

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Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 23:18 Archived in Japan Tagged tokyo osaka food restaurant japan traditional vacation pub breakfast sweet world dinner bar tour tourist lunch cheap trip izakaya dumplings eating tourism meat noodle soup yummy yum eat delicious gourmet steak noodles authentic ramen tasty pepper nagoya foodie pepper_lunch miso foodporn dine aichi food_porn fine_dine doteni comfort_food a_la_carte kishimen vermicelli Comments (0)

Kishimen

Kishimen

Kishimen is a flat and thick-cut noodle dish famous in Nagoya. The broth is very refreshing because it is a mix between the Kansai and Kanto style of Japan. In the Kanto region, things a much more sweet while in the Kansai region, things are much more salty. In this case, you can taste the saltiness from the bonito flakes as well as the sweetness from the sake they used for seasoning in their broth. Usual toppings they put on their Kishimen in Nagoya are spinach, kamaboko, fried bean curds, to name a few. Not only is it an interesting dish but also a different twist to your knowledge about Japanese noodle dishes.

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Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 19:16 Archived in Japan Tagged osaka food restaurant japan traditional vacation pub sweet dinner bar tour tourist trip izakaya dumplings eating tourism noodle soup yummy yum eat delicious gourmet noodles authentic ramen tasty nagoya foodie miso foodporn dine aichi food_porn fine_dine doteni comfort_food a_la_carte kishimen vermicelli Comments (0)

Doteni

Doteni

The doteni is the Nagoya version of doteyaki (Osaka famous B class gourmet). Although both doteni and doteyaki are sweet and the colours look the same, the sauce is made from different ingredients. In this post I will be focusing on the comfort food of Nagoya, the doteni. Doteni is a dish where they simmer ingredients like daikon, beef innards and eggs to name a few; in a sweet Nagoya special Hatcho miso sauce. It is usually finished off with chopped scallions on the top and served as a la carte at izakayas. If you like sweet meat dishes then this is a must try the next time you visit Nagoya!

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Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 22:04 Archived in Japan Tagged osaka food restaurant japan traditional pub sweet dinner bar izakaya eating yummy yum eat delicious gourmet authentic tasty nagoya foodie miso foodporn dine food_porn fine_dine doteni comfort_food a_la_carte Comments (0)

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)

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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