Saturday, February 18, 2012

Green tea KitKat

By special request, a green tea KitKat! And lovely it was too.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Fried udo

The top of the udo plant deep fried with some seaweed. The green powder is the same powder used in a green tea ceremony.

Udo

Udo translates as udo in English. It is somewhat similar to white asparagus and comes from the ginseng family. Here it is served raw in miso vinegar.

Tsukemono

Japanese pickles. That's the easy part. They are not pickled in vinegar. The cucumber and aubergine were picked in a kind of sauce made from the bran equivalent of rice. The yellow one is horseradish dried for a few weeks before being further dried with salt and rice bran for several months. The brown one is the seed of an umeboshi plum dried with salt for a few days before being softened with morning dew. This paragraph took 30 minutes to write with a lot of translations. It may be right. I hope so!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Crisps coated in white chocolate

I don't tend to put snacks on here but I couldn't not put these on. Crisps coated in white chocolate. Fantastic!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Fried prawns

Fried prawns eaten whole. Crunchy.

Scallop and butter

Scallop cooked in butter. Brilliant!

Raw king prawn

These were fantastic! They tasted really fresh. The brains weren't bad either.

Edamame dango

This is basically a lump of crushed young soy beans with minced meat in the middle. Perfect as an appetiser.

Sapporo ramen

Similar to Otaru ramen below but from Sapporo instead. The soup for this one had miso in it, which is a paste made from soy beans.

Otaru ramen

Otaru is a town in Hokkaido near Sapporo that has its own ramen style. Not being a ramen connoisseur, I am not really sure how it differs from other ramen dishes. Ramen is basically a bowl of thin noodles in a soup. Here, I had chashu shio Otaru ramen, which means I had pork cooked in soy sauce as a kind of topping. Nice and salty. Lovely!

Crab soup

2 different kinds of fresh crab served in a miso soup. This was eaten in a fish market so the crab were still alive the morning the soup was made. Fantastic to warm you up on a freezing cold morning.

Jingisukan

Jingisukan, or Genghis Khan, is lamb with various vegetables, cooked on a metal plate that is supposed to resemble a Mongolian soldier's helmet. It is more commonly eaten in Hokkaido, Japan's large island in the north, than in the rest of Japan.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Spare ribs

Not a particularly Japanese dish but it somehow tasted Japanese.

Cured mackerel

Some uncooked mackerel cured with salt. Tasted great with soy sauce.