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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)

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

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 20:24 Archived in Japan Tagged waterfalls mountains lakes beaches art buildings skylines people parties animals snow planes boats tokyo osaka winter water park hiking beach history mountain airport snowboard white kinki onions hot soft asia nagano kamakura pig international yakiniku bears hokkaido noodle soup beef peace aquarium atomic bomb romance tuna fukuoka otaru bean onsen squid anime juicy pork curry tongue akita bowl kyushu powder shikoku myth oysters shabu ramen pineapple butter spicy pepper mojiko kitakyushu worcester takayama niseko matsuyama spam soba namba unga mochi chugoku miyazaki kenrokuen morioka nipponbashi sukiyaki shisa abomb shinsaibashi musashi hirosaki aomori soup_curry asahikawa hotate snow_festival yukimatsuri shio karamiso amaebi ika_somen somen kitsune iwate aizu_wakamatsu gyutan sengoku honezuki_dori beni_shouga tsutenkaku yamaguchi shimonoseki miso_soup karaage miyamoto spring_onions nightview ankake kiritanpo chikuwa motsu small_intestine yaki honshu hokuriku chubu wakkanai muroran tokachi nemuro kaki soul_foo 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)

Hiyajiru

Hiyajiru

I have been to Miyazaki prefecture before but the last time around I didn't really eat lot. In order to make up for it I tried to eat more this trip to share some new local specialty dishes I've found. In this blog post I will be talking about a dish called the "hiyajiru", which basically means cold soup if you transliterated it directly from Japanese to English. The dish is separated into a bowl of cold soup and a bowl of hot steaming white rice. The cold soup is made from white sesame paste, miso paste, tofu and green onions. It was my first time ever trying the dish and didn't know what to expect but the waitress there was really helpful and she taught me how to eat it. The way you're suppose to eat is to pour some of the cold soup over the rice and eat it. The taste is a little bit sweet and salty with a very deep sesame flavour to it. If you're not allergic to sesame then I would recommednd trying this dish because those who like it will love it! There are many restaurants around Miyazaki city which serves this dish and the procedure of making the soup and the ingredients might also be different. Since I only had 2 days in Miyazaki prefecture and the first day I've spent in in Nobeoka city I could only try the "hiyajiru" at one shop. If you have the time I do recommend maybe trying a few more to see which shops' "hiyajiru" suits your tastebuds more!

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Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 20:05 Archived in Japan Tagged sunsets_and_sunrises mountains osaka umeda food fish history cow mountain airport green drink rice cuisine festival onions okinawa couple miyajima kamakura nagasaki hakuba yakiniku hokkaido soup cold crab dessert tuna fukuoka otaru onsen anime udon mythology curry fresh kyushu matsuri kanazawa myth oysters genghis matsushima fukushima worcester okonomiyaki niseko matsuyama hakodate chugoku kansai miyazaki nipponbashi tsuzumimon shinsaibashi hirosaki aomori genghis_khan snow_festival yukimatsuri ebi curry_ramen yakisoba yamaguchi shimonoseki delicacy nightview chikuwa broth motsu yaki hokuriku kanto chubu wakkanai ehime yakibuta_tamago_meshi hiyajiru nobeoka takachiho amaterasu Comments (0)

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