9/07/2017

Kawasaki Experience --- Morioka Reimen Noodle @ Lazona Kawasaki

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I had some work in Kawasaki the other day and a friend of mine recommended to try this place, which is located 1st floor of Kawasaki Station Building, called Rasona.

The dining located in food court is named " Pyon Pyon Sha " originally from Iwate prefecture.

Yes, this friend is from Iwate.    Before finding the place in food court, I was surprised by the scale of the building.   It is so spacious.   It felt like being in US or somewhere.... very different from Tokyo.   The hallway is so wide, it should be easy for young mothers and fathers to walk with strollers.

Back to the food.   It looks a little spicy?   Yes, it was.   Actually you can select your preferred spice level.    Then, a slice of watermelon helps heel your tongue.

I chose a set menu which comes with 4 pieces of Korean pancakes.   Oh, both were delicious.     Then after coming back to Tokyo, I studied their website.
Morioka Reimen Pyon Pyon Sha Story  ( in Japanese )

According to their website, ( very briefly )  Mr. Aoki created this noodle by combining the key elements of North Korean noodle soup and Korean Peninsula's noodle in 1954.    The one he created became Morioka Reimen which has Korean pickles ( daikon radish/ cabbage ), soup made from beef bones and chicken.
The noodle is translucent, a little chewy, when going down your throat, pleasant.

There were other tempting shops around this.    Tempra bowl, Sushi, Ramen noodle.....  This food court is casual, but clean and even stylish.   The prices are reasonable, not extremely cheap.   I paid about 1100 yen for this.

It says there were many Japanese Koreans in Morioka City ( Iwate Prefecture ).
It makes sense that Mr. Aoki learned Korean cuisine using local vegetables.

8/15/2017

Flava Joint located halfway between Shimokitazawa and Sasazuka

Chicken Burrito 
Mexican Dining..... lately Mexican Cuisine or Latin Cuisine  is getting popular here.

At least in Tokyo, you can find Mexican restaurants easily.

In my town, Shimokitazawa, there are a few.


This " Flavor Joint ( Flava Joint) " ( I like this naming. ) is located on Inokashira Dori.  Almost 10 min. from Shimokitazawa Station.    Near Kitazawa Jr. High School.

Worth trying ?   Yes.    I like their decor. It feels like that you were invited to some Mexican's home.   Cozy.   Quiet.   Shimokitazawa is popular among youngsters.
Some restaurants are too crowded or too noisy to have conversation.

Here, you can relax.   If you get seated at the counter, you can enjoy watching the chefs are cooking juicy steaks, burritos, decorating your lunch plates.....

I had this lunch burrito plate.   Before this plate, they gave me a tiny zucchini potage soup, then this plate had pickles, grated carrot salad, tomato salsa and chicken burrito cut in halves.     Oh, so authentic!   I wouldn't mind to go back there again for this burrito!    Everything was fresh and tasty.

Flava Joint ---- Shimokitazawa

Come out of West exit of Shimokitazawa Station.
Take a right, you will see Seven/ Eleven, keep walking.    Just keep walking.
When you hit the end of the road, Kitazawa Jr. High is right there.
Don't cross the pedestrian crossing.    Turn left.  

Flava Joint is on your left.    They have steaks also.   I would like to try them someday.

7/24/2017

Nature and Japanese Cuisine

I finished reading the book.   Learned a lot and it was eye-opening for me.

Hoping to introduce the essence of his philosophy, but he would say, " it's not MY philosophy.   It is the nature of Japanese cooking. "  :-)

I will try to explain some sentences which impacted me.

One phrase from the book;

There is " Nature " behind Washoku ( Japanese Food ) and there is " Philosophy of Human Beings" behind Western Food.

( "Ichiju Issai de Yoi to iu Teian"  by Yoshiharu Doi )

7/23/2017

Nezu Museum --- Introduction to Ceramics

Enjoy the History of Japanese Plates

If you like cooking or eating, you probably enjoy tableware as well.

I cannot afford expensive ones, but still I try to set up something comfortable and make the food scene enjoyable.

Different from other countries, the size of our plates vary from tiny  toy like size to large size.    I didn't know the Chinese large plates were originally made and exported to Islam countries.

Enjoy the exhibition!    In this heat ( it's at least 30 degrees centigrade in Tokyo nowadays, the forecast on my phone says will go up to 37 degrees on Tuesday! ),
you will enjoy walking in the garden.   They have beautiful garden with woods and ponds.

7/22/2017

"Sloppy Joe " for today's Lunch

Sloppy Joe
Craving for something very American.

Made this.

Looks really sloppy :-)
This doesn't look Loose Meat Hamburger anymore.

BUT!  It was goooood.

7/20/2017

Simple, Very Simple Dinner

Rice, Cucumber Dish and Miso Soup
Nothing fancy, simple dinner I made last night.

Miso soup has many ingredients, so this is nutritious enough for me.
Carrot, Shiitake, Tofu, Daikon Radish, Scallion and Grated Ginger when served.

The book is coming to me and when I read it, I can report more.

Everyday meal can be simpler.... this author says.   I agree.   He wrote this book since he hear many homemakers are struggling everyday to plan a meal especially dinner.   The thing is they are under pressure to be a good mother / father to provide nutritious, colorful dinner.

It sounds like the author doesn't think so.   There should be occasions that you prepare fancy dinner, special arrangement, but for daily meal, you do not have to plan many dishes for your family.   I like that idea.   Of course, if you can do it, fine, but if you have limited time, don't make it a big deal.  

5/21/2017

Lunch Box after Morning Session ---- Lovely Sunday

Open Source Cafe in Shimokitazawa

Bento Box from Nu Stand Deli 
It is over 30 degrees here today and feels hot.....

Having lunch sitting on this bench was pleasant though, feeling breeze on my face, looking up the blue sky.

On May 9th, Nu Stand Deli opened and from time to time, I buy their bento box, sandwiches etc..

Had two one-on-one sessions this morning, both were business persons at this co-working space, after that I headed to Nu Stand and got this.

You can choose three kinds from this delicatessen to make your bento.
The above is my selection today.   Top left is fried smelts in sweet and peppery vegetable sauce.   Smelt sounds unfamiliar?   It is small fish from ponds.  Usually deep-fried.   Top right is celery salad w/ citrus juice and pieces of orange.
Bottom right is pork ginger.    The box is made of paper material, which I prefer to plastics.    Comes with chopsticks, wet paper towel and paper serviette.

Including tax, this was a little less than 700 yen, equivalent to 6.3 US dollars.
( approximately, based on the forex as of May 21, 2017 )

I am quite happy to have this new delicatessen in our neighborhood.