10/14/2017

Green Brothers in Ebisu ---- When you need to eat greens!

Center Table
The other day, after visiting a client's office in Ebisu, I came to this place, " Green Brothers".  ( Why not sisters!?  )    They specialize in salads.   A bowl filled with greens would fill your needs of vitamin C or vegetables....
Order Counter 
 Interestingly, all the menu is written in English.    I hope they last long enough.... since this could be a bit too foreign for some people. 

I read English still, felt a bit strange... I should probably say "unique".  :-)

This Chef Hasegawa is the combination of Clam Chowder and Salad!    You may doubt if it tastes good but I enjoyed it!   Grains, clam chowder, red onion, romanesco, tomatoes, raw zucchini, farro penne and raw mushroom.   A slice of bread comes with it as a free option.   It is getting a bit cold in Tokyo.   This soup and salad bowl was just right.    I've never thought of this combination, but next time, I'd like to try it at home.   It is not a soup bowl.  It is a salad bowl with a kind of CLAM CHOWDER SAUCE over the salad.     It is from New York?   New Yorkers idea is innovative.  Perhaps somebody wanted to eat both clam chowder and soup, but they wanted to save time since New Yorkers are always busy!

Chef Hasegawa


10/09/2017

Wagashi Master's Work ----- Clearly Different


Beautiful Work and he was also very quick to make each one.  He said " if you take too much time, the bean paste get dried or gets too soft from your hand temperature. "
These are representing seasons.

The top green ones are chestnuts sitting in shell.     The bottom is seasonal flower,  Chrysanthemum.

Japanese Sweets - Wagashi Look what I made!

Japanese Culture Class 
Before explanation, just wanted to show off ( ! ) this. 

I made them this past Saturday.

We ( Japanese ) make cookies, cakes more often , but not Japanese sweets.

One of the reasons is it is more difficult, there aren't many books explaining that.... and then I guess the reason those books are not published is because it is not that popular nowadays.     Two Japanese traditional wagashi ( sweets ) shops have torn down in the past 3 years..... so sad.    I am calling myself   " Anko Nanmin =  Sweet Bean Jam Refugee, meaning looking for authentic wagashi and wandering around...."   

I love Western sweets also, but green tea & wagashi combination is special.
Plus, wagashi ingredients are healthy, beans, mostly.