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Japan Trip 2013 vol. 3

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Continuing with vol. 1 and vol. 2 of my Japan Trip 2013, this final post is all about food!  We had this really fresh sashimi appetizer in Sapporo, Hokkaido.  Guess how much it costs and continue reading for more food stories!

Food, Food, and More Food!

Restaurant Food I

1) During our 6-week stay in Japan, we ate many kinds of noodle dishes both at home and outside at the restaurants.  It was very hot and humid so my preference was light and cold noodles like my mom’s Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Ramen).
2) Zaru soba with Shrimp Tempura and Vegetable Tempura.  Although my Soba Salad was really a popular post, it’s more of a fusion dish.  Traditional soba noodle dishes are cold zaru soba or warm noodle soup in Japan.
3) Cold udon noodle soup with seared pork belly. It was really delicious and I will try making this at home!
4) When you are in Japan, I hope you try MOS Burger once.  The unique thing about this burger is that the meat patty is topped with delicious meat sauce along with thick tomato slice, very finely chopped onion and mayonnaise.  So yummy!  I also love the fact that most fast food chains in Japan have the option of oolong tea for drinks (yep, to wash down all the oily food)!
5) We rarely eat donuts but when we are in Japan, we always make a stop or two at Mister Donut to check out their new and seasonal menus.  This past summer they offered cool peach glaze on top of their signature pon-de-ring donuts.  The peach jel jiggles when biting to it – very interesting texture but delicious!
6) Growing up in Japan, I remember I always looked forward to summer and a huge shaved ice with all kinds of toppings.  I hadn’t been back in Japan during the summer for 16 years (I sort of avoided going back being afraid of high humidity) and so being able to eat the shave ice again was my wish-come-true moment.  ;)

Restaurant Food II

1) Unaju (charcoal-grilled unagi/eel on top of rice in a lacquer box) was one of the dishes I wanted to eat while I was in Japan.  It’s not easy to find very good unagi imported from Japan in the U.S. so I try to enjoy it at least once when I visit.
2) The quality of sushi is simply amazing in Japan.  SF has many good sushi places but still, can’t compete with the many varieties of sushi available in Japan.
3) When you are in Osaka, you eat Okonomiyaki!  However I like Modern Yaki (Hiroshima-style) which includes noodles.
4) On summer days, we don’t want to deep fry at home so we eat Tonkatsu at our favorite tokantsu restaurant.
5) Korokke Sandwich, one of my favorite sandwich!

Shopping for Food

Shopping For Food

1) While shopping at a supermarket in Japan, my daughter asked me “what’s this?”  That’s right, she only knows frozen edamame in package and didn’t recognize fresh ones!  When I was growing up in Japan, it was my duty to remove each edamame from the stalk.  Oh I wish we get fresh edamame stalks here.  Edamame tastes much better, and really delicious!
2) Three peaches for Y780 yen!?  Yes…fruits are so expensive in Japan.  Our little fruit monsters were used to enjoying large quantity of fruits in the U.S. so it was hard for them to get used to the lesser quantity served in Japan.
3) Vegetables, fruits, eggs, yogurt, tofu, bento, and some takeout menus… no, we were not in a supermarket.  We were inside a 7-Eleven convenience store!  Japanese convenience stores are like mini-supermarkets.  And in most cities, you’ll see one every few blocks.  Yep, that’s a real “convenience” store.
4) When you shop in Japan, don’t forget to stop by at the basement level(s) of department stores.  It’s food heaven (high end grocery stores).  Here are well-marbled Japanese wagyu steaks.  They simply melt in your mouth!
5) Thinly sliced well-marbled wagyu beef for Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki.
6) Bakeries are everywhere in Japan.  This one is inside my nearest train station so we stopped by to pick up some baked goods for breakfast the next day.
7) Before riding Shikansen (Japanese bullet train) to Osaka, we picked up bento lunch for the train ride.  There are so many kinds of bentos and I can literally spend 15 minutes checking each shop to pick my bento.
8) And I picked this Makunouchi Bento made by a Japanese kaiseki restaurant (about $10).

Food in Hokkaido

Hokkaido Food

1) Sanpeijiru (三平汁) is salmon and vegetable soup in a salt and kombu broth and it’s a Hokkaido’s local specialty dish.
2) This soft cream we had in Shiroi Koibito Park was really delicious and it tasted just like Shiroi Koibito (the cookies I talked about in vol. 2).
3) I wanted to eat ramen before I leave Hokkaido.  I thought Sapporo Ramen means miso base broth so I order that, but mom’s friend who lives in Sapporo said there is no particular flavor that is a feature of Sapporo.  She said if I ask different persons, each would answer different flavor.
4) So have you guessed the price for this amazing sashimi appetizer?  It’s only $15!  I almost fell off the chair when I found that out.  Hokkaido has amazing quality seafood for great price.  I had plenty of seafood meals while I was in Hokkaido.
5) Jingisukan (ジンギスカン鍋料理) is Japanese grilled mutton dish prepared on a grill.  Lamb is not commonly eaten meat by Japanese, but Jingisukan in Hokkaido is one of exception where lamb is served and enjoyed.  It’s a very popular dish in Hokkaido.

Things I Brought Back to the U.S.

Things from Japan

1) I finally bought chiffon cake pans (17cm and 20cm) online.  I haven’t had a chance to try baking with them yet.  You probably know what flavor I am planning to try first. ;)
2) What are these black things?  These are very good quality kombu (kelp) that my mom’s friend in Hokkaido gifted me.  I’m going to make very delicious dashi (Japanese stock) soon!
3) These are all my props that I (I mean, my husband) brought back to the U.S. for me.  There are more, but I could only fit this much in his luggage this time.  Most of plates and bowls are from my grandparents’ house.  My family kept them for me knowing that Just One Cookbook will keep using them.

Thank you for checking my Japan Trip 2013 posts (vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3)!

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  • Lily Kozai September 2, 2013, 4:49 pm

    Thanks for all the memories that you brought back for me showing us your pictures! I loved living in Tokyo and eating things like ika sumi spaghetti and MOS burger! Thank you for all that you do- your recipes are yummy and your pictures are natsukashii!

    • Nami September 6, 2013, 1:40 pm

      Hi Lily! Thank you for your kind comment. I’m glad to hear you enjoy my recipes/pictures! Oh Ika Sumi Pasta… so delicious!! Living in Tokyo is best when it comes to food. :D

  • Kimmi September 2, 2013, 5:02 pm

    Thank you for treating us to such beautiful photos of the delicious food! The photos of the kakigori and bakery have my mouth watering. =) And I’m always impressed with how fresh food – meat, seafood, and produce – looks in Japan, even in mass quantities in the supermarkets.

    Can’t wait to see those chiffon cake pans and props put to use for the blog!

    • Nami September 6, 2013, 1:42 pm

      Thank you Kimmi! I guess people there are more picky about the quality of food. And when other stores have good quality stuff, you just cannot sell “okay” food… your stores will be closed soon. It’s a great competition to keep up the good quality of food in general. I hope to share some new props soon! :)

  • Bianca @ Track Pants and a Tot September 2, 2013, 5:09 pm

    Wow, I should’ve eaten before I read this post because I’m starving. The food in Japan just looks so beautiful, like they really took their time with the presentation, a lot of passion went into it for sure. Thanks also for sharing some tidbits on each picture too!

  • roberta September 2, 2013, 5:10 pm

    Very beautiful pictures – the food looks divine – not sure I’d like all of it but it looks gorgeous!!

    • Nami September 6, 2013, 1:39 pm

      Thank you so much for your feedback Roberta! :)

  • Julie @ This Gal Cooks September 2, 2013, 5:21 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post, Nami! It’s great to get a little insight of life in Japan. And the 7 Eleven over there sounds awesome! I think our 7 Elevens here need to take some tips from them! I’d probably go there everyday if ours had bento boxes and take out!

  • A_Boleyn September 2, 2013, 5:22 pm

    Everything and I mean EVERYTHING looked delicious.
    I especially look forward to your chiffon cake … I’m guessing matcha flavour. :)

  • Ash-foodfashionparty September 2, 2013, 5:33 pm

    Wow, I cannot wait to see all the props with some of your lovely recipes. The pictures, the description everything was wonderful. Shaved ice with flavors sounds so good.

  • Vivalabbird September 2, 2013, 5:51 pm

    Nami-this volume is my favourite! I can’t believe the sashimi was $15. When I go travelling in Japan, I will email you for all the restaurant recommendations! Thank you!!

    • Nami September 6, 2013, 1:34 pm

      Vivi, I couldn’t believe either. With $15 here in SF, I can only buy one kind of sashimi or something. Hope I can be a good help then! :)

  • Penny September 2, 2013, 6:07 pm

    Thank you for sharing your visit with us on your blog.

    20 years ago I lived in Sapporo for a few years. It made me natsukashii to see places and food I loved.

    I am so happy I found your blog. I wanted my kids to learn to love Japanese food too. Your recipes are so simple and always so oishii.

    Thank you for your recipes and sharing your trip. Arigato!

    • Nami September 6, 2013, 1:36 pm

      Hi Penny! I’m really happy to hear you enjoy my blog, and thanks for following! Hope your children will like Japanese food too. :)

  • Sandy September 2, 2013, 6:15 pm

    I agree that the Mos burger is delicious. We use to eat at the Waikiki store before it closed. Thanks for reminding me. Maybe there will be expansion to thr Mainland.

    • Nami September 6, 2013, 1:39 pm

      I hope it will come to the U.S. (mainland) one day, but can be a tough competition with gourmet burger shops, especially Waikiki store didn’t survive… sad. Thanks so much for your feedback, Sandy! :)

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 2, 2013, 6:21 pm

    I loved visiting grocery stores in Japan. I’ll never forget seeing a clear plastic container with ONE strawberry in it. It was perfect and it cost the equivalent of Australian $2.50. I spent a lot of time in the shops and much of it I couldn’t understand and many of the ingredients were new. Thanks for another peek into “going home.”

  • Liliana Tan September 2, 2013, 6:59 pm

    I guess that you will bake matcha/green tea chiffon!!

    • Nami September 6, 2013, 1:43 pm

      Hi Liliana! You know me SO well! ;)

  • Joanne T Ferguson September 2, 2013, 7:10 pm

    G’day Nami and how interesting your trip, true!
    Loved seeing Unaju…have not tried it to date too!
    What is one or two of your favorites from a Japanese bakery?
    I am curious about all country’s and all cuisines…it is my food curiosity!
    Cheers! Joanne

  • andria September 2, 2013, 7:40 pm

    This post made me miss living (and eating!) in Japan! I had totally forgotten about MOS Burger and Mister Donuts! Your photos and journaling lulled me into a nostalgic (and hungry) trance. Thank you for sharing, as always, and can’t wait to see the new “props” used on JOC.

    • Nami September 6, 2013, 1:45 pm

      Hi Andria! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the post. Hehe I can survive without eating MOS burger and Mister Donuts, but once I land there… I lost my control. :D Hope you get to visit Japan again. :) Thank you for writing, Andria!

  • Holly September 2, 2013, 8:16 pm

    My husband just left for Japan last night. He should be in Kagoshima by now unless there is some delay by typhoon. Your post made me wish I was there with him. I sure miss kakigori and the variety of high quality food in Japan. What I truly miss is the gathering of family when my kids were young. I love seeing the photos of your kids enjoying their visit to your homeland. Thanks for sharing.

    • Nami September 6, 2013, 1:46 pm

      Hi Holly! Hope your husband is having a wonderful trip in Kagoshima. I haven’t been there although I visited different prefectures in Kyushu area. One day! Thank you for writing! :)

  • kwbentodiary September 2, 2013, 9:23 pm

    Enjoyed reading all Vol. 1 to Vol. 3!! Japan is a nice place and I have many more place to visit!! Thanks for sharing ^_^ I’m looking forward to your chiffon cake as I’ve the cake pan but still new unwrap =_=” Haha!

  • Mickie September 2, 2013, 9:58 pm

    Thank you so very much for reminders of lovely memories had during my trips to Japan! My mouth is watering at your pictures and wonderful descriptions! How I long to go back! Maybe someday ,,,,,,
    Thank you so much again-!!
    Domo Arigato

    • Nami September 6, 2013, 1:47 pm

      Hi Mickie! Happy to hear you enjoy this post and hope you can go back to Japan again one day! Arigato for your kind feedback. :)

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 2, 2013, 10:37 pm

    I love that our families keep precious food props for us to take back to the US for food blogging. Love that they truly understand the passion we have for what we do :)

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 2, 2013, 10:44 pm

    Incredible looking food, I loved seeing your pictures of the market and the pristine way the peaches are displayed!

  • Mich Piece of Cake September 2, 2013, 10:46 pm

    Lovely pictures and I enjoyed reading about your adventures!

  • Ranko September 3, 2013, 12:46 am

    I’ve enjoyed very much your Japan travel photos…
    I can’t wait to go back…in december….to eat some more japanese food and bring some more items back to Italy like you did….

    • Nami September 6, 2013, 3:08 pm

      Thank you so much for reading, Ranko! I hope you have a great trip to Japan in December! :)

  • Delishhh September 3, 2013, 1:27 am

    So much fun to read about your trip! I have to ask, was there a lot if news about Fukushima leakage? Here it is so quiet!

    • Nami September 9, 2013, 10:11 am

      Not “a lot” but yes there are news about it. I have to say not everything is broadcasted over the news and citizens are aware of it. :)

      • Delishhh September 9, 2013, 11:34 am

        It is so scary. . .and sad. I know that the west coast of the US will be effected.

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover September 3, 2013, 1:31 am

    Nami, this post is very useful for me, I hope to try out some of the foods that you share here ^_^

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  • veganmiam.com September 3, 2013, 2:49 am

    I enjoyed your Vol.1 & Vol. 2 and your Vol. 3 Japan Trip is wonderful! Noodles are also one of our favorite dishes to eat in Asia, plus they are pretty hearty and filling. I love MOS Burger, they also have it in Taiwan with a vegan option (the mushroom one with rice burgers), and they are so tasty! You’ve reminded me, I need to post that! I haven’t posted any photos of Taiwan & Thailand from last year… you’ve inspired me to do that right now… I hope to post them soon! Your daughter is sooooo cute, btw, haha, frozen edamame! Thank you for sharing your Vol. 3 Japan Trip! Will there be a Vol. 4?!

  • Nammi September 3, 2013, 5:59 am

    wow, look at all the food!!. I have always been curious about japan. Looks so beautiful and all that interesting arrays of food!!!

  • Orchidea September 3, 2013, 6:31 am

    Oh my good… all the food you are showing looks so amazing! I am looking forward to eat sushi again… in just 2 months;).

  • Monica September 3, 2013, 6:47 am

    I think you saved the best for last! What great food! And I love chiffon cake – I hope you enjoy those new pans. : )

  • Asmita September 3, 2013, 7:28 am

    Gorgeous photos! Your little one is a real doll!

  • wok with ray September 3, 2013, 7:39 am

    So many great dishes that you enjoyed and I’m sure your family did too. Japan is really a beautiful place to go on vacation. Very nice of your family to think of you and your beautiful blog and save all of those plates and other things for you to use. I hope you and the family had a great Labor Day weekend. :)

  • Malou September 3, 2013, 7:46 am

    thanks for sharing your Japan trip extensively. It’s funny that my connecting flight was in Japan and guess who came in my mind right away… yes you guessed it right Nami YOU! even when i looked down from the airplane’s window, I tried to picture you there hahah… weird but yeah that’s what i did hihi

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen September 3, 2013, 8:10 am

    I love your Japan trip stories on sights, things to do and now all these food! Yes, I saw what you meant in your descriptions. I was so amazed by the 7-Eleven stores in every corner and how huge they were with so much to choose from. We spent long hours in the convenience stores alone. Of course, everything in Japan is wonderful and your posts just inspired me to keep going back. Planning my next trip already, thanks to you. Hope you had a great weekend, Nami. Thanks for all the blog support !

  • Reese September 3, 2013, 8:51 am

    After seeing all these great foods, I only have one thing to say to Mark “When can we go back to Japan?!!!” If we don’t get to visit for longer stay anytime soon, we’re going to make it a point to make a stop-over whenever we head back to Malaysia. I think the Japanese tourism board should assign you as their food ambassador!

  • john@kitchenriffs September 3, 2013, 9:03 am

    You ate some good stuff! Love the idea of meat sauce on the burger – that’s something I might have to try. ;-) Sounds like you had a terrific trip. Thanks so much.

  • nipponnin September 3, 2013, 9:08 am

    すごい!お土産どっさり!本当においしそうな食べ物ばかり。どうしてこんなに美味しいものが日本にはあるのかしら? 旅の報告楽しませてもらいました。ありがとう!

  • easyfoodsmith September 3, 2013, 9:12 am

    Wow! It was fun ‘visiting’ Japan through your camera. The pics are beautiful and the food amazing. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Candice September 3, 2013, 9:17 am

    I’m drooling from all these beautiful food pictures. I really want that donut.

    I’m looking forward to your chiffon cake post.

    • Nami September 6, 2013, 3:10 pm

      Thank you Candice! The donut was really good! I hope my chiffon cake will come out nicely… have to practice! :)

  • Rosa September 3, 2013, 10:59 am

    Drool! Everything looks mighty scrumptious.



  • Kitchen Belleicious September 3, 2013, 1:11 pm

    oh la la! I need those cake pans! IT looks like an amazing trip! Love that you got to do it with your family before the summer ended.

  • Des September 3, 2013, 2:32 pm

    Edamame on stalks!?? Wagyu steak?!?! Well that settles that. I need to plan a trip to Japan just to eat.

  • CCU September 3, 2013, 3:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing all your wonderful visits :D
    And can’t wait to devour your lovely chiffon cake!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Amy Tong September 3, 2013, 6:12 pm

    I can simply just visit Japan for the good food. Gosh….didn’t know I missed Japan so much until I see all these food pictures. Wish I can take my kids there soon….one day. :)

  • yummychunklet September 3, 2013, 6:52 pm

    Now I want to go on a trip!

  • Adrian (food rehab) September 3, 2013, 9:29 pm

    Omg…totally lovin your trip series. So many things to bookmark for the next trip to Japan.

  • Jeannie September 3, 2013, 10:25 pm

    I am so drooling over your delicious photos….I had the opportunity to try very fresh edamame beans recently and they were delicious!

  • SOH September 3, 2013, 10:57 pm

    Hi, I’m leaving to Tokyo/Hokkaido soon, I would like to know where can purchase good quality matcha? do you know the name of shop? I saw your foods you ate at Hokkaido, for sanpeijru, sashimi,jingisukan can share the address? would like to try it? If you have it .
    Best Regards

    • Nami September 6, 2013, 3:13 pm

      Hi SOH! You can purchase matcha in tea shop, or even in supermarkets. If you really like to get good quality one, I think it’s best if you go to department stores and check their food section (B1 – underground). They usually have tea shops and can find matcha easily. For Hokkaido, those dishes are everywhere and I recommend you try the place around where you visit. Seafood is so fresh and you can get very good quality food there.

  • Jill @ MadaboutMacarons September 4, 2013, 3:00 am

    Nami, I definitely need to bookmark this page of yours for a trip to Japan. I’ve always wanted to go there but thanks for taking us on a virtual trip and sharing your adventures. It’s another gourmet world!

  • Mr. & Mrs. P September 4, 2013, 7:01 am

    OMG!! We didn’t recognize the fresh edammame either! We were drooling over all your food photos on instagram!! Looks like you guys had such a wonderful trip!! Have you used any of the props you brought back yet?

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking September 4, 2013, 9:34 am

    Looks like you got lots of fun cooking goodies and gadgets on your trip, Nami! What a great experience. I so enjoy pouring through your photos and living vicariously through you on this trip, haha! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ramona September 4, 2013, 10:23 am

    I love all your volumes on your trip to Japan 2013… but this one tugs on my Food Loving heart!! Yay!! It’s so fun to see your grocery stores and markets in Japan!! :)

    PS… I hate to bother you, Nami…. but I would appreciate if you could please vote for my burger (you can vote 3x in a row a day until September 17th) It’s the Grand Slam Burger by Curry and Comfort. The link to vote is here: http://www.goodcook.com/index.php?main_page=burger_contest&category=all_beef

    • Nami September 4, 2013, 11:12 am

      Just voted 3 times. Good luck! :)

  • Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen September 4, 2013, 12:26 pm

    I want to try it all! It all look so good, Nami! What a wonderful trip you had. We just got back from vacation and I definitely took a food vacation too :) Now, it’s back to business as usual but it’s fun to have that break from the routine.

  • Hotly Spiced September 4, 2013, 8:31 pm

    What a great holiday, Nami. It looks like you did plenty of shopping and eating out. Looking forward to seeing all your new props popping up in blog posts. I wonder why fruit is so expensive in Japan. Is it because it has to be imported? xx

    • Nami September 8, 2013, 9:41 pm

      Hi Charlie! Yes, that’s partially true, but domestic fruits are also expensive too because the farms are much smaller, and instead of machinery, it’s mostly human labor that does most of work, compared to the U.S. (like spraying with airplane etc) for example. :)

  • Juliana September 4, 2013, 9:11 pm

    This photos of the food in Japan really brought me memories of the time that we visited Japan a few years ago…everything looks so pretty and so good…
    Thanks for sharing it Nami and hope you are having a wonderful week :D

  • cquek September 5, 2013, 12:40 am

    My mouth is literally watering looking at all of your gorgeous photos

  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking September 5, 2013, 7:09 am

    One more outstanding post..thanks for sharing, Nami! Oh and I am guessing we will see matcha chiffon cake or chocolate :D …or perhaps both?!
    Have a lovely Thursday!

  • @pawspix September 5, 2013, 11:39 am

    Fantastic! The first thing I do when I return to Japan is to order a Unagi Don back at home in Shikoku. Korokke Sandwich is def on my list too! Great pics….arigatou! I still have my old chiffon cake pan I use for Matcha Chiffon :)

    • Nami September 6, 2013, 3:15 pm

      Thanks so much! Good quality unagi is so hard to get outside Japan. I already miss it while talking about it. :D Thank you for stopping by! I’m trying to make matcha chiffon…since I cannot buy it I have to make one myself. :D

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz September 5, 2013, 1:00 pm

    This is the post I have been waiting, the food one :-D Wow looks awesome and so many intriguing things. I would love to try all sorts of new stuff there. I apologize right away I am going to steel your photo cropping idea for my food pics from my trip…when I get around to it lol.

  • Charles September 6, 2013, 5:57 am

    Ah, I loved MOS burger when I was in Japan – they had a really nice rice burger or something… can’t really remember it, it was a long time ago! I can’t believe how cheap that seafood platter is too… that’s crazy… would $15 just for the shrimps here!

  • Min September 6, 2013, 9:56 am

    What a lovely recap of all the amazing foods you enjoyed and all the memories associated with them. Everything looks mighty delicious!! I miss patbingsoo (that’s what shaved ice in Korea is called) with tons of adzuki beans, mochi, and various fruits…mmm….I so want to take my husband to MOS burger!

  • Laura | My Little Gourmet September 7, 2013, 12:05 am

    I love hearing about your adventures in Japan. It sounds like you guys had an amazing time and got to try a lot of different foods! I’m pretty jealous right now. :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Sissi September 7, 2013, 5:33 am

    I hope I will be able to enjoy Mos burger soon too (I haven’t managed to taste it in Tokyo last time but have heard about it). I did taste tonkatsu burger in another chain (orange colour, don’t remember the name) and it was sensational!!! I am looking forward to eat some more shaved matcha ice cream too! You have reminded me how good it is (and how huge! we weren’t able to finish one portion with my friend!).
    I am impatient to see how you will use all the treasures brought from Japan. (It’s interesting to see that you brought these cake pans from Japan! I would see them as typically European product, though here the walls have a kind of way pattern).

  • Raymund September 7, 2013, 4:22 pm

    Honestly I will be mega fat if I visit Japan, all of my favourite dishes there

  • Laura September 8, 2013, 3:12 am

    Hi Nami,

    Thanks for the great updates for your Japan trips! I never knew the bento boxes from train stations came from kaiseki restaurants (or are the kaiseki ones only available at Shinkansen train stations?)

    Also, I was wondering if dashi stock is listed in the index under the ingredient or dish category? I am asking because sometimes when I prepare dashi stock, I am not sure of what dishes I can use with it, so I just try to randomly guess and click into your recipes which I think may use dashi stock.

    Anyway, thanks for the great post!

    • Nami September 8, 2013, 10:27 pm

      Hi Laura! I bought the Makunouchi Bento at Shin-Yokohama station. Above the station, there is Takashimaya and there are many obentos for travelers. My bento was from this Kaiseki restaurant. The bento was not bought from the station (platform), it’s a little nicer. :)

      And thank you for the great idea about dashi stock! It will require some time for me to manually edit, but I think it’s a great idea and I’ll try to work on it slowly. I will use it as a tag which I use for ingredient. Please give me some time to work on it… Thank you so much for your feedback! :)

  • Lori Lynn September 8, 2013, 8:42 am

    I’m reading your trip backwards, thoroughly enjoying! My oh my all those food pics! YAY!
    I would have eaten sashimi every day.

  • Stephanie September 8, 2013, 7:45 pm

    Looks like such a wonderful trip! I can’t wait to get the chance to visit Japan one day and see all the sights and eat all the food! =)

  • Elizabeth September 9, 2013, 3:33 am

    Hi Nami
    I love your blog – the instructions are really clear and your pictures are fantastic.
    We visited Sapporo in January this year and had some great soup curry. I would love to be able to make some but haven’t been able to find a recipe – have you ever made or do you have a recipe for it?

    • Nami September 10, 2013, 9:50 am

      Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for your kind words. I’m happy to hear you enjoy my blog. :)

      As for the soup curry, I’m not exactly sure what kind of soup it is as “curry soup” or “soup curry” doesn’t ring a bell… What was in it? Besides Japanese curry rice, I have curry udon (in hot soup) recipe. You can omit noodles and change the consistency with dashi broth to make it thin soup.

      Recipe here: http://justonecookbook.com/recipes/curry-udon/

      Hope that helps. :)

  • TheKitchenLioness September 10, 2013, 12:25 am

    Nami, I admire all of your pictures from your trip to Japan – food and non food and I am looking forward to all your inspired posts in the future – thanky oyu for sharing the pictures from your wonderful trip – I wish I could travel to Japan one day!
    All the very best to you and your family and greetings and hugs from far away!

  • nusrat2010 September 10, 2013, 10:06 am

    This is an “OMG” photo-blog! A fancy-tickling one! And a soul-soothing one!
    Man! Japanese food looks tremendously dazzling and sensuous :)
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Patty September 11, 2013, 2:33 pm

    Wow Nami-love that part 3 features all the amazing foods you ate on your trip to Japan-I hope to visit here one day….and find the $15 sashimi appetizer :)

  • Nuts about food September 17, 2013, 2:22 am

    I loved reading your Japan trip series: travelling to Japan has always been a dream of mine and seeing it through the eyes of an authentic Japanese makes all the difference.

  • Sharlene September 21, 2013, 10:21 am

    Mos Burger! I miss that! There are plenty of Mos burgers in Singapore where I’m originally from!

    Also I wanted to add that you can find fresh edamame in the pods at Costco. At least at the Costco in Fremont CA.

    Btw love your blog.

    • Nami September 22, 2013, 2:14 pm

      Hi Sharlene! Really? You mean fresh edamame in the pods attached to stalks, right? Wow that’s awesome! It’s a bit far to drive to Fremont, but I hope my nearest Costco will start carrying. Thank you so much for following my blog! xo :)

  • Kelly September 30, 2013, 2:26 am

    Thank so much for sharing your fabulous trip with us! It looked like your family had such a wonderful time and it must be so nice for you and the kids to visit and spend time your mom:) Stunning photos as always!

  • charlotte October 25, 2013, 5:18 pm

    I am living vicariously through you!

    • Nami October 25, 2013, 9:03 pm

      Hi Charlotte! Thank you so much for reading! :)

  • Lynn December 21, 2013, 8:16 am

    Hello Nami,

    I just discovered your website, looking for octopus recipes and I absolutely love it. My boyfriend left on a sailing around the world trip six months ago and we are enjoying different kinds of food from all the places we visit. I hope we will be able to visit Japan one day! I have been intrigued by this country for a long time and this post makes me want to go there even more! All the best,

    • Nami December 22, 2013, 6:23 pm

      Hi Lynn! Thank you so much for your kind message. Wow, I’m so jealous of your boyfriend traveling around the world! I hope you get to visit Japan one day too. :) Thank you for writing!

  • Hang February 23, 2014, 1:09 am

    Hi Namia,
    thank you so much for your sharing and lovely experiences. I would like to travel to Japan and enjoy japanese Food in the future.


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