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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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Katsu Meshi

B-Class Gourmet of Kakogawa city, Hyogo Prefecture

Katsu meshi is a comfort food of Kakogawa city in Hyogo prefecture. It is a side of deep-fried beef cutlet covered in a demi-glace sauce served with a side of rice. The demi-glace sauce here is not the sweet kind you find in most places around Japan but a much more savoury kind which resembles a little bit like gravy. If you ordered a set meal or a teishoku it will usually come with a side of salad and miso soup. So if you are in this region of Hyogo and want to try something different then this is a filling dish to try!

Katsu meshi teishoku

Katsu meshi teishoku

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Southeast Asian food in Osaka

An authentic and familiar taste.

I am back with another episode of authentic foreign food in Osaka. Today I am here to try an authentic flavor which I have truly miss, the taste of Southeast Asia. Though I have never been to Southeast Asia, I have had various different chances to try Southeast Asian food back home in Canada. My favourite cuisines back home were Vietnam and Thai. Though there weren't many Malaysian nor Singaporean restaurants back in Toronto, every now and then I have came in contact with Hainanese Chicken Rice and Malaysian styled fried noodles and rice. However, are those really authentic or or fusion I might never know until I get the chance to actually go and see for myself. As for this blog, I will assume that the food I eat at this Malaysian restaurant here in Osaka is authentic since the owner/chef is Malaysian.

From what I know about Southeast Asian cuisine is that they love to use herbs, especially fresh ones like basil, star anise and so on. My other knowledge about Southeast Asian cuisine comes from all those video I have watched and gathered from Mark Weins channel on YouTube. Though I love writing about Japanese food, that's not the only thing I love, in fact I just love food in general. I remember my first time actually trying Indian cuisine with my friend during Christmas and had a fantastic time. Exploring new cuisine is one of my hobbies and would love to share it with everyone around the world. Since Japan isn't known for many authentic foreign restaurants it is my job to let all of you know about these fantastic restaurants out there for you to try and have an authentic meal.

The dishes I will be trying are Sambal Nasi Goreng, Assam Penang Laksa, Fish Head Curry, Nasi Lemak, Nyonya Chicken Curry and Hainanese Chicken Rice.

Sambal Nasi Goreng

KennyAsia's Nasi Goreng

KennyAsia's Nasi Goreng


Singapore Cuisine Liang Ah Lo's Nasi Goreng

Singapore Cuisine Liang Ah Lo's Nasi Goreng

Sambal Nasi Goreng is a fried rice dish with a fried egg. The fried rice is made with vegetables, soy sauce and sambal hot sauce. On the side you will find veggies and meat side dishes along with sambal hot sauce and a shrimp chip. The sides differs according to the region of Southeast Asia you are. In my case, I had this dish in Osaka, Japan; they served it with sambal hot sauce sauteed shrimp and vegetables. The fried rice in Southeast Asia and mainland Asia is quite different so if you ever have the opportunity I do suggest to try it. I have had the opportunity to try Nasi Goreng at two different restaurants in Osaka: KennyAsia and Liang Ah Lo. KennyAsia's seem to have more side dishes while Liang Ah Lo's just have the fried egg on top of the fried rice. Taste wise, Liang Ah Lo's nasi goreng seems to have stronger taste while KennyAsia's had a more balanced taste. Depending on the type of person you are one of these two nasi goreng might suit your taste buds.

Laksa

KennyAsia's Curry Laksa

KennyAsia's Curry Laksa

Laksa is a noodle dish in a yellowish curry soup. The toppings are usually seafood and/or chicken. There are actually 2 kinds of laksa, number one is called Curry Laksa which is the one I had at this restaurant with a yellowish coconut milk based curry broth. The other one is called Assam Laksa which is a reddish sour soup usually made with fish and tamarind. This version of laksa you can find in Penang, Malaysia.

Nasi Lemak

KennyAsia's Nasi Lemak

KennyAsia's Nasi Lemak


KennyAsia's Nasi Lemak 2nd time around

KennyAsia's Nasi Lemak 2nd time around

This is a famous dish and served through out Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore). Nasi Lemak is basically rice cooked in coconut milk. The rice is then served with anchovies, an egg and some kind of stir-fried vegetables with meat. Like the Nasi Goreng, the stir-fry differs from region to region in Southeast Asia. Here it was onions and bell peppers stir-fried with shrimp.

Hainanese Chicken Rice

KennyAsia's Hainanese Chicken Rice

KennyAsia's Hainanese Chicken Rice

This is the national dish of Singapore. The chicken is is boiled till perfection along with herbs, thus retaining all its juice and giving it that soft tender skin and meat. It is served with rice cooked in the stock where the chicken was boiled , soup and two types of dipping sauce. The first dipping sauce is a spicy one with a strong garlic flavour; the other one is soy sauce with minced ginger. There is no proper way to eat this so feel free to either dip the chicken in the sauce, pour it over your rice or simply just not use the sauce.

Teh Tarik

KennyAsia's Teh Tarik

KennyAsia's Teh Tarik

Teh tarik is the famous pull milk tea in the Southeast Asia region. They use condensed milk to sweeten the tea and pull it aerate it for a more smooth and foamy texture. You can get it hot or cold so can be enjoyed all year round! Not only is the teh tarik here in KennyAsia good but they also pull it in front of you!

Kopi Tarik

KennyAsia's Kopi Tarik

KennyAsia's Kopi Tarik

This is the coffee version of the pull milk tea. Similar to Teh Tarik they sweeten the coffee with condensed milk and pull and aerate it. If you are more of a coffee than tea type of person then no problem they got you covered with Kopi Tarik! Same as the teh tarik, they pull it right infront of you at KennyAsia.

Nyonyan Curry

KennyAsia's Nyonan Chicken Curry with Rice

KennyAsia's Nyonan Chicken Curry with Rice

Nyonyan or Peranakan are Chinese immigrants who came to the Southeast Asian region (Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore) for settlement. These people married in the people of this region and created their own food culture. This curry is one of the many examples of Peranaken cooking. With this curry you can taste the best of the two cultures coming together creating a better and much more flavourful dish.

Soup Kway Teow

KennyAsia's Soup Kway Teow

KennyAsia's Soup Kway Teow

This is a soup noodle dish where thick slices of noodles is served with vegetables and meat in a hot boiling broth. The broth in this case was chicken broth and had a strong sesame oil flavour to it. Kind of reminds me of my childhood's long lost favourite dish I was searching for. The thick slices of noodles were soft and has a slippery texture to it, making it very easy to swallow. The vegetables and the meat adds additional flavour and dimesion to the soup making it more aromatic. It is the perfect soup noodle dish one could hope for.

Char Kway Teow

Singapore Cuisine Liang Ah Lo's Char Kway Teow

Singapore Cuisine Liang Ah Lo's Char Kway Teow

This is a stir-fried noodle dish and is one of the more popular comfort food among people living in the Malay peninsula. It is basically thick slices of noodles stir-fried with vegetables and meat in a dark soy sauce base. The ingredients might change depending to the area you are but at this restaurant they used shrimp, scallions, beansprouts, and beef. The flavour was very good because you could taste the strong dark soy sauce but on the other hand you could still taste all the flavours of the ingredients. Also if you have been eating Chinese food just as much as I did you could tell that there was enough wok-hay in the dish.

Kaya Toast

KennyAsia's Kaya Toast

KennyAsia's Kaya Toast

Kaya toast is a famous dessert dish in Southeast Asia. This dish is basically toast smothered with coconut jam on top. The coconut flavoured is very sweet and the texture of it kind of reminds of a mixture between butter and condensed milk. The Kaya toast here at KennyAsia were thick and very sweet. You could tell that they did not hold back on spreading the coconut jam to give you the true authentic taste of Southeast Asia.

Rojak

KennyAsia's Rojak

KennyAsia's Rojak

Rojak is a salad like dish made with fruits, vegetables, nuts, tofu and sometimes meat covered in a sweet and spicy dressing. The version I tried here at KennyAsia had fruits, vegetables, nuts and tofu. The ingredients were cut perfectly into bite-size portion making it easy to put into your mouth and chew. The freshness and crunchiness of the nuts and fruits really goes well with the soft chewy texture of the fried tofu really well. Overall a great dish to start with before the main course.

Fish Head Curry

KennyAsia's Fish Head Curry (was out of fish head so they gave me fish pieces instead!  Very accommodating and great people there!)

KennyAsia's Fish Head Curry (was out of fish head so they gave me fish pieces instead! Very accommodating and great people there!)

Is a mixed Chinese-Indian dish combining Indian curry with fish head (Chinese loves fish heads for some reason). The curry here at KennyAsia was spicy and the fish head was very soft and tender. The taste kind of reminds me of Nyonyan curry but with a little bit of Indian flare to it. Although a bit pricey, it was well worth the money for a delicious dish like this. I will definitely be coming back here and ordering this dish again.

Chili Crab

KennyAsia's Chili Crab

KennyAsia's Chili Crab

A very luxurious dish famous in Sinagpore. Chili crab along with other dishes like black pepper crab are among the favourite seafood dishes for tourists and travelers going to Singapore. I was fortunate to have this dish at an affordable price at KennyAsia and the flavour was absolutely amazing. The crab was broken down into just right amount of pieces and covered in a spicy sauce. You can tell the crab was cooked just right from how juicy and tender the meat still was. We also ordered a side of bread to soak in the delicious sauce to savour every last bit of that spicy goodness. A dish that I will definitely order again if I am with a large group of people.

Satay

Singapore Cuisine Liang Ah Lo's Satay

Singapore Cuisine Liang Ah Lo's Satay

These are skewers of seasoned meat grilled and then served with a satay sauce which is a mixture of soy sauce and peanut sauce. Different parts of Southeast Asia you go to you will find different types of meat ranging from fish, lamb, beef, pork, chicken, etc. The meat we ordered at this restaurant called Liang Ah Lo was chicken. The satay skewers were very juicy, soft and tender but wasn't too flavourful by themselves but once you add that satay sauce it was out of this world. The best satay would be to have that grilled charcoal flavour on the meat and when you dip it into the satay it creates a balance between the bitterness of the charred part along with the sweet in the satay sauce.

[b]Restaurant Information[b\]

KennyAsia
大阪府 大阪市中央区千日前1-7-25 相合ビル1階
Tel:06-7165-7011
Website: http://kennyasia.com/ (English and Japanese available)

シンガポール料理 梁亜楼 (Singapore Cuisine Liang Ah Lo)
〒542-0075 大阪府大阪市中央区難波千日前13-6 大一ビル2F
Tel: 06-6631-7979
Website: https://r.gnavi.co.jp/kbg4000/menu1/ (Japanese only)

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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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Hokkaido Ramen Part One

Jigoku Ramen & Butter Corn Miso Ramen

The most notable ramen in Hokkaido probably is Miso ramen. Everyone come from all around Japan to savour this delicious dish. However to people in Hokkaido, Miso ramen is just one out of many different types of ramen flavours in Hokkaido. If you move towards Asahikawa, they are famous for shoyu flavour ramen and if you move further down south to Hakodate, shio flavour is the flavour there. However in this post I will be talking about two kinds of ramen you can find in Sapporo. The first one will be Jigoku ramen and the second one will be the Butter Corn Miso ramen.

Jigoku ramen, it literally transliterate into Hell ramen. The soup is spicy and if the spice is no enough for you they have different level of spiciness for you to choose from. The toppings are basically what you would find in Hokkaido, a ton of different kinds of seafood and spring onions as toppings.

The true Jigoku Ramen

The true Jigoku Ramen

Other kinds of Jigoku Ramen in Sapporo

Other kinds of Jigoku Ramen in Sapporo

The second ramen I would like to introduce is the Butter Corn Miso Ramen. Everyone knows how good the taste is when you put butter and corn together. Now try adding as a topping to Miso ramen and the explosion of flavour will burst wildly in your mouth (in a good way). The richness of the miso based soup goes along well with the butter being melted into the corn and soup. In fact I do think that the butter melting into the soup enriches the flavour of the miso making everything come together well. Aside from the butter and corn, you have your normal ramen toppings such as chashu pork and some veggies.

Butter Corn Miso Ramen

Butter Corn Miso Ramen

PS: I will come back at a later point in time to talk about Part 2 of Hokkaido Ramen. I will be talking about the Shoyu based ramen in Asahikawa and the Shio based ramen in Hakodate.

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