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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)

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

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)

Obihiro Butadon

Obihiro Butadon

The Obihiro butadon is a famous local dish in the region of Tokachi in Hokkaido. Every butadon in the nation of Japan looks up to the butadon in Obihiro because that's where it was originated from. In this version of the butadon the slices of pork are marinated in a sweet sauce and grilled to perfection. You order according to how many slices of pork you want in your bowl of rice (usually the slices of pork you can order and written on the menu). Some shops like to decorate their pork slices with green peas while others chooses not to. I believe that the butadon tastes amazing with or without the peas on top of the sliced pork. Although there are very limited slices of pork on the bowl of rice the sauce helps out a lot in devouring the left over white rice. If you are open in trying new food and have a sweet tooth then I will definitely recommend this dish for you.

Obihiro butadon I had near Obihiro station.

Obihiro butadon I had near Obihiro station.

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 01:09 Archived in Japan Tagged waterfalls sunsets_and_sunrises lakes skylines trees sky snow trains tokyo umeda winter water tea green white asia yakiniku hokkaido tram vegetables uni tuna tohoku squid ice_cream lemon sushi udon pork tongue tofu uwajima spicy matsushima worcester takayama veggies takamatsu soba unga thin tender takoyaki sukiyaki tennoji tsuzumimon hina goya toruko_rice toruko tempura soup_curry snow_festival yukimatsuri tako maguro ika ika_somen somen kinchaku yakisoba aizu_wakamatsu mapo mapo_tofu mapodofu honezuki_dori tsutenkaku yamaguchi shimonoseki miyamoto tamagoyaki tamago spring_onions kiritanpo sanuki small_intestine yaki ikayaki tonpeiyaki tenshinhan honshu hokuriku wakkanai obihiro tokachi yakibuta_tamago_meshi tai-meshi agetai_burger tonpei_yaki butadon Comments (0)

Tako Shabu

Tako Shabu

I have finally gotten the chance to travel to Wakkanai and try one of their local cuisines. One might think that it is not worth riding the train for 5+ hours from Sapporo just to get here to eat food when you can have it in Sapporo. Well let me tell you, somethings you can only eat in specific pRts of Hokkaido like the dish I am going o talk about in his blog, Tako Shabu. By hearing the name you can probably already imagine how the dish looks or what it is. Yes this dish is a hotpot dish but instead of the normal beef, you substitute it for tako. So for those who are beginners in Japanese, the word "tako" means octopus and yes you cook the Tako in the hotpot. As for the dipping sauce, it changes according to he restaurant you go to. The shop which I went to, the created their shabu dipping sauce with goma sauce, ponzu, white sesame seeds and other secret ingredients. If you want to ru the full experience of this wonderful dish I would suggest you guys to come up to Wakkanai and try it. Of course there are more wonderful dishes aside from this one. I will write about another local dish of this region in a future post.

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The restaurant I went to was called "Furusato" or ふる里 in Japanese. It is near he Dormy Inn which is close to Wakkanai station. Please come check it out. The two grannies here are super nice and will definitely brighten your day with their chatting and food.

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 01:58 Archived in Japan Tagged tokyo osaka japan seafood hokkaido soup crab sapporo ice_cream sushi octopus curry shabu miso tako wakkanai Comments (0)

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