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My favorite meat shop in Tokyo – 近江屋牛肉店 Omiya Gyunikuten

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Recently, people buy all the ingredients in the supermarket in Japan and there’re not so much vegetable shop or meat shop.

But there’re still all kinds of specialty stores in the Tsukiji area, and you can get much better quality ingredients there.

I want to share my favorite beef shop today, the name is 近江屋牛肉店 Omiya-Gyuniku ten.
They have 85 years history and handles mainly beef and pork.

This time, I bought Wagyu for steak :)

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All the stores have some specialty at Tsukiji outer market and they sell several kinds of the things (for example, 10 parts of chicken etc) but if you ask them, they usually have much more variation at the back.

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If you live in Tokyo and plan to have good beef or pork, I def suggest you to go to this store rather than going to the restaurant.
You can get better quality one with much cheaper price!

近江屋牛肉店 Omiya Gyuniku ten
(at the Tsukiji outer market)

http://www.tsukiji.or.jp/search/shoplist/cat-b/cat-4/274.html

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My favorite Pizza place in Tokyo – Napule

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I and my husband went to Omotesando to take maternity photo on the other day, so we went to my favorite restaurant Napule afterward.
If you love napoli pizza, you should try here :)

http://napule-pizza.com/minamiaoyama/

They have branch in Tokyo midtown and also close to Omotesand station.
You can make reservation only for dinner, and it’s better to book in advance especially for weekend or friday night.

They have very good deal set Lunch only on weekday, so when you don’t have work, it’s nice to try there on weekday, you can get wonderful pizza or pasta with under 1500JPY.

We ordered and shared pizza set and pasta set.

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small salad

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pizza (tomato sauce, anchovy, mozzarella, herb)

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pasta(salmon, sprinach, cream sauce)

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They have several choices of pizza/pasta and everyday it’s different.

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There’re much more variety at dinner time, hope you enjoy there :)

Napule
address 東京都港区南青山5-6-24
1minute from Omotesando station
03-3797-3790
11:30-14:30 / 18:00-22:00

And now I’m on 37weeks of pregnancy, a little bit nervous but so excited!

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Tsumire-Nabe Recipe – How to make Japanese fish ball hotpot

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It’s getting cold in Tokyo and the Nabe (Japanese hotpot) season has come!

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Today I want to share one of my favorite Nabe recipe, Tsumire-Nabe.

Ingredients (4 servings):
(A) 6 Aji (Japanese mackrel)
(A) 1/2 onion
(A) 20g of ginger
(A) 1 egg white
(A) 1 teaspoon of salt

4 cups of Dashi (stock)
any vegetable, mushrooms
Ramen noodle
egg

Any sauce for dipping (I like Ponzu fop this hotpot)

  1. Fillet the Aji. Mix all the (A)s in the food processer, then make it into paste.

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  1. Prepare Dashi (or any soup stock) in the pot, bring to boil. Make fish ball shape with two spoons, then place in the pan.

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  1. Place other vegetable and mushroom in the pan.
    Enjoy them with your favorite sauce!

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I like to use Ponzu sauce for Tsumire (fishball) for dipping, and after we finish all, we add Ramen noodle and beaten egg in the leftover of the soup.
If you use rice and egg, you can also eat tasty porrige :)

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Japanese fig compote Recipe

Only in north parts of Japan (Miyagi and Yamagata prefecture), there’s a culture to make Fig compote.

It’s different from european fig compote since Japanese one has a bit sour flavor, but it’s also nice and refreshing taste :)
The taste is a little bit like plum wine or plum juice..

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In Kanto (Tokyo) region, it’s hard to find the green figs, and also their season is shorter than the regular fig.
If you live in Tokyo, you can find it at vegetable section of Tsukiji fish market :)
Their season is only few weeks of this month.

Ingredients:
1kg Green fig (before they’re ripen)
250g sugar
180cc rice vinegar

  1. Place all the ingredients in a pan.
    It’s better to use thick pan like Le Creuset.

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  1. Keep cooking with low heat until the fig became soft. It takes around 30mins.

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You can keep them for few month in a boiled jar, and can use the syrup for making juice :)
The juice tastes very similer to plum juice, and I normally combine the water (or gas water) and the syrup as half and half with ice.
And we just eat the figs simply (with cutting into half), or it’s also nice to have it with vanilla ice cream.

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My brother’s organic restaurant in Tokyo – Kitchen Watarigarasu

Somehow, I haven’t introduced my brother’s tiny restaurant in Tokyo yet in my blog.
One of the reason is, it’s too close to me, I often eat there ( or even sometimes help his kitchen) and don’t take much pictures.. :)

He doesn’t cook traditional Japanese, it’s kind of fusion food based on seasonal organic veggies, and organic wines.

He doesn’t have the same menu, since he cooks besed on whatever he has on that day which organic farmers sent him.

On the other day’s Omakase course.. (Today’s special course)

Some kinds of vegetable appetizer
(spagetti squash etc)

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Deep-fried bitter cucumber

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We had baby squid tomato glatin, and octopus carpaccio, home-made baguette etc, but I forgot to take pictures again..
We asked him non-meat Omakase because my friends are vegetarian, but usually you have pork putty or simmered beaf with red wine or something as well.

Scallop with Ratatouille with croquette and grilled potatoes

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You will have seasonal pasta or something at this point, but we’re too full and just asked him to stop spoiling us too much.

Home-made ice cream

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If you like seasonal ingredients, please try them :)
He cooks everything from scratch, including sausage or bacon for example.
He’s only the chef there (very tiny restaurant) so it takes more time to prepare the food than the others, but you can taste very natural flavor :)

Kitchen Watarigarasu
キッチンわたりがらす
渋谷区東3-24-14
3-24-14, Higashi, Shibuya
No Sun
you can walk from Ebisu station, JR Yamanote-line fr Hibiya-line

With my great company :)

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My favorite Unagi ( eel) restaurant in Tokyo 宮川本店

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If you come to Japan, or live in Japan, one of the things you must eat is Unagi!
Most of the eel in the supermarket or at the regular restaurant, is imported eel and very oily texture because they’re cultivated.

Japanese one is much light, and fluffy texture.
You can taste it only in Japan :)

My favorite restaurant is 宮川本店 (Miyagawa Honten) in Ginza area.

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The second floor is Tatami floore, and the restaurant has relaxing atmosphere..

They basically have only two menus as same as any professional eel restaurant, “Shira yaki” ( no sauce, you can dip it with soy sauce and Wasabi when you eat it) and “Kaba yaki” ( regular one).
And you can choose the size :)

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Only thing you have to be careful is, it takes about 30mins. to be served after you order the eel.
Because after they have the order, they start cooking eel and it normally takes time.

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宮川本店
1-4-6, Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo
東京都中央区築地1-4-6
11:30-14:00, 17:00-20:00
No Sat

you can take Tsukiji station, or Shintomicho station :)

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By the way, I watched the TV and fount out there’re “cucumber pickle bread” in a certain area in Japan.. (Kobe area)
It looks like a hot dog, but they just Japanese pickle instead of sausage..
and I heard the taste is nice.
I wanna try it, but it’s not in Tokyo area..

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From East side of Hokkaido

We just came back from Hokkaido, my second home town and the northernmost island in Japan.

Hokkaido is huge, it takes about 1 month if you want to see each parts of Hokkaido, so we spent one week in the east side of Hokkaido (we call it as Doto)
And It was just beautiful.

This area, as called Bihoro 美幌, is very famous for potato, onion, beats, and wheat.

And of course the daily products as same as the other places in Hokkaido :)

We visited a daily farm,

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and the wheat/onion/beats farms etc..

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Japanese wheats tastes so nice, but usually I don’t see any Japanese wheat flour in the market (most of them are imported from US) because it’s super popular and nice bakery or nice restaurants buy them all, and there’re no left for us…
You can get beats sugar (it’s good for your health!) at any big market, and all of them came from Hokkaido :)

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I love Hokkaido not because all my relatives are there, because the air and the water is so nice, you can smell green, and all the good foods are here.
If you live in Tokyo or main island and want to escape from the heat, it’s the nice place for you, there’re no humidity!

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It’s the closest place to Russia, if you take a boat for one hour on this sea, ten you can arrive the RUssian island.. :)
In summer time, almost everyday you can watch the wheal.

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