Food Recap

06/01/14

So I want to get into writing more about food for my time here in Japan, and so far I have largely neglected writing about it (despite having an entire blog dedicated to it). I often completely forget to take photos of the food I’m eating, usually because I’m so desperate to get stuck in! But there are a few photos I have taken, so I present them to you here:

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IMG_0544This one is from back in September, from a restaurant called Daikichi. It is exactly what it looks like: grilled chicken. Grilled chicken, called yakitori in Japan, is incredibly popular here. This is of course just a simple chicken wing, but you can get all sorts of chicken, from breast, to skin, to heart and liver. My favourite is probably the heart, is has a very rich flavour.

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This one I wrote about a while ago. Very simple: orange sorbet and coca-cola. Seems like a very strange thing to have really, and not very Japanese. To read the full story, go here.

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This one is pretty cool. When two friends and I went to the Osaka Aquarium, we found this kind of restaurant. Imagine a place that, for about Y2000, gives you all you can eat for 90 minutes. Everything is on a big buffet. But, nothing is cooked. WHAT?! No, it’s not a sushi/sashimi place. As you can see in the picture above, you take the raw food to your table, cover it in batter and breadcrumbs, then deep-fry it in your own, private fryer. It tasted great, but after 4 or 5 plates of deep-fried meat and vegetables, the oil in your belly starts to build up! Still, if you’re in Japan and have done all the other big foods, don’t miss this one.

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Okonomiyaki. I always find it hard to explain what okonomiyaki is to someone that’s never had it before. Split the word in two and his is the literal meaning: okonomi is whatever-you-like, and yaki is grilled. Here’s wikipedia’s explanation of my local kind of okonomiyaki:

Kansai- or Osaka-style okonomiyaki is the predominant version of the dish, found throughout most of Japan. The batter is made of flour, grated nagaimo (a type of yam), water or dashi, eggs and shredded cabbage, and usually contains other ingredients such as green onion, meat (generally thin pork belly, often mistaken for bacon), octopus, squid, shrimp, vegetables, mochi or cheese.

I’ve had these several times in Japan, and they’re always good. And so filling! In fact, just around the corner from my apartment is a pretty good okonomiyaki restaurant. (Sorry for the bad photo, this one was an “action shot” as I was so hungry at this point, I couldn’t wait”.

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Another DIY meal. Aaah, yakiniku. Literally “grilled meat”. At this place, like before, you pay for a set time, 90 minutes, and then its as much as you can eat. You can get vegetables and the like, but the main attraction is the meat. Unlimited beef, chicken, pork! As long as you finish it all. And you cook it on your own little flame grill like the one above! Cook it to your own personal taste, dip in a bit of sauce and you’re sorted!

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Yakisoba. I bet you can remember what yaki means by now, right? If not: yaki is grilled, and soba is the kind of noodle you can see above, made from buckwheat. The one above is a mixed yakisoba, with egg, octopus, prawns, chicken, pork and cabbage. One of my favourite Japanese dishes, yet oh so simple! This one was bought at the same time as the okonomiyaki above. For the story of when we went to get these dishes, look here.

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Ramen. I’ve put these two together as they’re practically the same, just with slightly different sauce/soup. Ramen was originally a Chinese style of noodle, but now is more commonly associated with Japan. Every broke university student has eaten ramen at one point or another. But this is the proper way to eat them. The top is miso ramen, ramen with miso soup, mixed vegetables and pork. The bottom photo is shiyou ramen, or salt soup ramen. That doesn’t sound appetizing, but trust me, it is. It isn’t overpoweringly salty, yet brings out the flavours of the other ingredients.

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Sorry for the terrible photo on this one, I was struggling to keep this down. This thing here, I really didn’t like. I can’t remember it’s name, my friend (an English girl) ordered them. She loved them. I am really really not a fan of raw, cold, slimy sea snails.

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Beer. It had to come in here somewhere. Now, I used to absolutely love Japanese beer. It is still good stuff. But after only drinking Japanese beer for 5 months, it’s getting boring. Anyway, not the point. This beer here is not a good beer, it’s just big and cheap. That there is bigger than my head, and costs Y280 (under £2). The glass on the left is a little under a pint. A much tastier beer is something from the Minoh brand, which has various different beers including Pilsner, IPA, Stout and Weissen.

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And that’s some of the food I’ve been eating so far. From this time on, I’m going to try much harder to remember to photograph my food, and write about it on here. If there is anything you think I should try, let me know!

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